Visitations Canceled At All State Prisons, South Fla. Inmates Evacuated

September 10, 2017

Visitations remain canceled at all Florida prisons this weekend due to Hurricane Irma, including those at Century and Santa Rosa correctional institutions.

All weekend visitations are canceled, according to the Florida Department of Corrections, due to travel restrictions and to ensure staff resources can be maximized for hurricane response.  The cancellation includes all major institutions, work camps, community release centers and annex facilities.

FDC is taking proactive steps to ensure the public and individuals entrusted to our custody are secure as Florida prepares to respond to Hurricane Irma. FDC continues to monitor the changing track of the storm, and is actively preparing institutions and making evacuation determinations as the track evolves.

Florida institutions have been stocked with emergency food and water supplies in the event the facility is unable to receive normal deliveries following the storm.

Safety of FDC staff and inmates is paramount. The department is working around the clock to take necessary precautions for the storm. Evacuation determinations are made in the best interest of the inmates and public safety.

Three dozen facilities had been evacuated as of Saturday night, all in south and central Florida.

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.

Pictured: Inmates are evacuated from a Florida Department of Corrections facility on Saturday. Courtesy photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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