Florida Department of Corrections Banner, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Press Release
November 20, 2018
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Visitor Contraband Interdiction | November 13 – November 19, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) has zero tolerance for contraband of any kind, and visitors attempting to introduce contraband are subject to immediate termination of their visitation privileges.

Whenever contraband is recovered on a visitor, local law enforcement is always contacted as well and they determine whether to make an arrest.

This past weekend, institutional staff stopped six visitors from introducing contraband into FDC’s secure facilities:

Marion Correctional Institution: On November 17, staff encountered a visitor attempting to enter the visitation area while in possession of an Apple watch. Their visitation was terminated.

Mayo Annex: On November 17, the institution's K-9 team alerted on three separate vehicles.

Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside each vehicle, and one vehicle also contained paraphernalia. Visitations were terminated for all occupants.

Northwest Florida Reception Center: On November 17, staff discovered a visitor to be in possession of a handcuff key. Their visitation was terminated.

Wakulla Correctional Institution: On November 17, the institution's K-9 team alerted on a visitor’s vehicle. Staff subsequently discovered marijuana inside the vehicle. Their visitation was terminated.


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.

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