September 8, 2017
UPDATE! FDC Responds to Hurricane Irma, Additional Evacuations Announced
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The Florida Department of Corrections is taking proactive steps to ensure the public and individuals entrusted to our custody are secure as Florida prepares to respond to Hurricane Irma.
Safety of FDC staff and inmates is paramount. The Department is working around the clock to take necessary precautions for the storm. To make certain adequate necessities are on hand, additional water and food supplies are being stocked.
Evacuation determinations are made in the best interest of the inmates and public safety. Small satellite facilities, community work release centers and work camps have been evacuated in an abundance of caution. Inmates have been relocated to the most secure and safe facilities available statewide.
The following facilities have been evacuated:
- Ft. Myers Work Camp
- Martin Work Camp
- Atlantic Community Release Center
- West Palm Beach Community Release Center
- Ft. Pierce Community Release Center
- Loxahatchee Road Prison
- Opa Locka Work Release Center
- Miami North Work Release Center
- Turning Point Work Release Center
- Bridges of Cocoa
- Bridges of Orlando
- Kissimmee Community Release Center
- Orlando Bridge
- The Transition House of Kissimmee
- Orlando Community Release Center
- Pinellas Community Release Center
- Suncoast Community Release Center
- Bradenton Bridge
- The Transition House of Tarpon
- Largo Road Prison
- The Transition House of Bartow
- Re-Entry Center of Ocala
- St. Petersburg Community Release Center
- Desoto Annex
- Polk C.I. Work Camp
- Hernando Correctional Institute
- The Transition House of Dinsmore
- Jacksonville Bridge
- Bridges of Jacksonville
- Bridges of Lake City
- Bridges of Santa Fe
In the event of additional evacuations, announcements will only be made upon completion. Inmate locations will be posted on the website approximately 24-hours after relocation, per standard protocol.
In response to travel restrictions throughout Florida and to ensure staff resources can be maximized for hurricane response, weekend visitation at all institutions for Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10 is cancelled. The cancelation includes all major institutions, work camps, community release centers and annex facilities.
For more information about the Department and facilities and programs, please visit www.dc.state.fl.us.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 96,000 inmates and supervises nearly 166,000 offenders in the community.