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When someone is arrested in Florida, local law enforcement fills out initial paperwork called a RAP sheet containing the offender's name, address, physical description, and crime details. Florida inmate records are created in this way. As the suspect moves through the justice system, things like their hearing, trial, and sentencing all get recorded into the computerized filing system. After that, when anything happens in the inmates life, such as a move to a new facility, the record is updated. The Florida Department of Corrections is the entity in charge of inmate records, and they keep them online in a searchable database, making it easy for anyone to perform a Florida inmate search.
The Florida corrections system is extensive, with a lot of different types of facilities and programs. Depending on where the inmate is incarcerated, the process for finding them may vary slightly. In many cases, all facilities and programs that are overseen by the Florida Department of Corrections will be easy to search using the same method. When searching for other inmates such as those in federal prison or county jail, the process will be different, and the resources may change. When performing an official Florida inmate search, always contact the state DOC to find an inmate. To find Florida inmate records for personal reasons, try the Infotracer search tool.
Florida's prison system is the third-largest in the country and includes 143 different statewide facilities. The list of prison resources includes:
Once an inmate is moved from county jail to prison, they enter the system through one of the four male and two female reception centers. Here, they are tested and evaluated to determine the best program, placement, and supports needed for rehabilitation.
Florida has 143 facilities spread over the state. The Florida Department of Corrections oversees and manages them all. The system includes 50 state prisons, seven private prisons, various work release centers and camps, reentry programs, two road prisons, and one forestry camp. Each type of facility is designed to offer specific services, custody levels, and programs aimed at helping serve justice to prison inmates while also helping them advance in their education and avoid recidivism when they are released.
Florida’s prison system holds 99,974 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 86,494 residents are held in state prisons, 143 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 1,161 in local jails.
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The state of Florida has fifty state prisons. The Department of Corrections has divided the state into four regional offices to split the responsibility of overseeing so many facilities. Each office is headed up by a regional director and an assistant regional director. Most of the prisons are male-only, but a few are women's only facilities with or without annexes. All the facilities have generous educational programs, substance abuse treatment programs, stress and anger management training, and religious services.
The Florida Department of Corrections has a Florida inmate locator feature on their website, making it easy to perform a Florida prison inmate search for currently incarcerated inmates, escaped inmates, and those who have already been released. Follow the steps below to lookup a Florida inmate in state prison:
You can click on each inmate for additional details.
Florida also has eight federal prisons within the state boundaries. Florida federal prisons house felons who have committed crimes that broke federal laws. The Florida federal prisons are:
All federal prisons are overseen and managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The federal prison system is not linked to the state prison system; therefore, anyone trying to look up a Florida inmate in federal prison will need to contact the Federal Bureau of Prisons to get information. This agency does have an inmate locator feature on their website. However, they also provide details of each facility with address, phone, and fax, which can be used to contact the prison directly. They also provide information on how to send gifts, visit or send mail to an inmate.
Each of Florida's sixty-seven counties has a county jail, and they are overseen and managed by the county Sheriff's Office. The Florida Department of State has a complete list of each office with links to Florida inmate searches and contact information. Some of the links take visitors directly to the Sheriff's Office website. Not all counties have a website for this purpose. Some counties have multiple jails under the direction of one single Sheriff's Office. These facilities house inmates awaiting their initial hearing or trial and in some cases, sentencing.
The Florida Department of State's listing includes links to search for inmates housed in county jail through the local Sheriff's Office. However, they also encourage visitors to use the process listed below to perform a Florida jail inmate search to find someone incarcerated in a Florida jail:
Florida has twenty-one juvenile detention centers split into three regions of the state. These facilities house juvenile offenders under the age of 18. The list includes:
The extensive juvenile detention center system is operated and managed by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. All youthful offenders are in their care and under their control. However, juvenile records are considered private in the state of Florida. Therefore, their records are not available for search. Family and friends may contact the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice or the individual facility for information on how to contact an inmate, visit them, or send gifts.
Florida contracts with seven private prisons to house some of their inmate population.
GEO Continuum of Care runs all the private prisons except for Gasdsen Correctional Facility.
Since all prisons within the state of Florida fall under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Corrections, finding someone in private prison is the same as searching for an inmate in state prison. Follow the steps below to find an inmate in a Florida Private prison:
Florida has over 96,000 inmates in prison and another 166,000 in probation and parole supervision programs. The highest number of inmates (22.9%) in Florida end up in prison due to drug charges. The next highest number of inmates (16%) are there due to committing violent offenses against another person. Six percent are there because of weapons offenses, and only 5.7% have committed sexual crimes. Fifteen percent are incarcerated because of burglary and another fifteen due to theft or fraud.
Florida’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 481, which is higher than an average incarceration rate by 7%. The number of Florida prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 99,974, from which 7% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 93,111 in 2016.
Florida takes recidivism very seriously. Therefore, they have numerous work camps, release centers, and facilities designed to ease an inmate back into society before releasing them. The state also employs an extensive supervision program through parole and probation. They have 130 designated check-in facilities and supervise more than 166,000 people. Some of these offenders are pre-trial or on probation at the request of the court. Other inmates will simply be released and go back to family and friends.
Inmates are paroled and released early when they behave well in prison. Once the parole board is confident the inmate does not pose a danger to others, an inmate may be released under this supervision program. Florida has an extensive parole program with 130 facilities where parolees can check-in with their parole officer and receive assistance with getting a job, finding stable housing and integrating back into society. Those inmates with substance abuse issues may also receive special treatment and help.
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When a first-time offender or someone who commits a non-serious crime, is tried for their offenses, a judge can sentence probation rather than prison. They are free to resume normal life but must be supervised closely for several months or years. Part of this supervision means checking in regularly with their probation officer. They must comply with all the court’s stipulations, or they will go to jail or prison for the remainder of their sentence.
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