Florida State Prison – West Unit Visiting Information:
The Florida department of correction encourages friends and family members of inmates who serve as good roles models to communicate and visit with an inmate. This can help the inmate in the rehabilitation process, and eventually with his or her reintegration back into society. Below are some things you should know, and important forms you will need to fill out if you are planning on visiting an inmate incarcerated in a Florida penitentiary.
You must be on the inmate's approved visitation list prior to visiting. One should fill visiting application form and the form is available in English and Spanish. Completed application (DC6-111A) should be mailed to the Classification Department at the inmate's current location. In other words mail the completed inmate visiting application to the mailing address above. Visiting Hours are as follows: Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (8:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time). Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. (7:15 a.m. CST) on both days. Visitors will not be processed after 2:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. CST) unless authorized by the duty warden. Visitors will be allowed to park in designated spaces no earlier than 7:30 a.m. EST and 6:30 a.m. CST on visiting days.
correctional officers of the Florida department of corrections will inspect for contraband.
Florida State Prison – West Unit Additional information:
Directions:From West (Lake City): SR-100 approximately 23 miles to SR-121 (Lake Butler), turn left, go approximately 6 miles, just outside town of Raiford turn right (east) onto SR-16. Go approximately 3 miles, cross New River Bridge. West Unit is on the right behind Florida State Prison. From North: From I-10 take Exit 335 (SR-121 South) approximately 19 miles to SR-16 East. Make a left turn and go approximately 2.5 miles; West Unit is on the right behind Florida State Prison.From South: Take US-301 to SR-16. Go west approximately 11 miles. The West Unit is located on the left, behind Florida State Prison. Please Note: GPS systems and mapping sites such as Mapquest, Bing Maps, or Google Maps often provide incorrect directions to our prison facilities using the physical address. Please use the above directions when traveling to this prison or click the map to the right of this page.
Historical Information: Florida State Prison – West Unit was established in July 1987 as a result of the merger of two satellites units (New River Annex and Butler Transient Unit) of the Reception and Medical Center. The West Unit was formerly known as the Butler Transient Unit and was opened in August 1975 to house the overflow transient population from the Reception and Medical Center. In 1991 the mission was changed to accommodate long term inmates. Prior to March 30, 2009, this facility was named New River West Correctional Institution, part of the Florida department of corrections.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.