March 6, 2018
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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 four visitors from introducing contraband into FDC’s secure facilities:
Florida State Prison: On March 3, institutional staff located cash in a visitor’s bra during an unclothed body search. Her visitation privileges were terminated.
Homestead Correctional Institution: On March 4, institutional staff located illegal drugs in a volunteer’s radio. Her access was terminated.
Columbia Correctional Institution: On March 4, the institution’s K-9 Interdiction Team detected illegal drugs inside a visitor’s vehicle. The woman admitted she was in possession of illegal drugs, and her visitation privileges were terminated.
Columbia Correctional Institution Work Camp: On March 4, the institution’s K-9 Interdiction Team detected illegal drugs inside a visitor’s vehicle. The woman consented to a vehicle search, and institutional staff discovered illegal drugs and a concealed weapon. Her visitation privileges were terminated.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 97,000 inmates and supervises nearly 167,000 offenders in the community.