Apalachee Correctional Institution - West Unit

Apalachee Correctional Institution, West Unit is a Florida state prison for men located in Sneads, Florida. It has a maximum capacity of 819, and it is a level IV facility that houses minimum, medium, and closed-security inmates.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Before you can visit an inmate at Apalachee Correctional Institution, West Unit, you must fill out a visitor application and be approved by the Florida Department of Corrections.

Visits are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. and visitors will not be processed after 1:00 p.m. unless authorized by the duty warden.

The visiting park is also open on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (third Monday in January)
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran's Day (November 11th)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving; and
  • Christmas Day

If any of the holidays fall on a Saturday, the preceding Friday will be observed as a holiday. If any of these holidays fall on Sunday, then the following Monday will be observed as the holiday.

Any minor 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an approved adult on the inmate's visiting list. 

Visit procedures

Before you visit Apalachee Correctional Institution, West Unit you should expect to answer a few questions, go through a metal detector, and submit to a pat search and barrier search.

When you enter the search area, you will be asked a series of questions to ensure that you are not in violation of the Florida Statute that prohibits bringing in contraband to a correctional facility. Examples of contraband are cell phones, drugs of any type, tobacco, and weapons. 

All visitors will be searched, and they will arrest anyone who deliberately introduces contraband into the institution. 

Once a staff member has searched your personal items, you will go through a metal detector. FDC utilizes both a walk-through metal detector and a hand-held metal detector. Once you are scanned by a metal detector, you will then go through the Magneto Static Detector which can detect cell phones.

Next, you will go to a separate room for a clothed, pat search and you will be required to remove all exterior clothing such as jackets, sweaters, scarves, shoes, etc.

There is also the possibility that you will be directed to an area where a canine handler is present for a barrier search. The canine is trained in the detection of drugs and cell phones. If the canine alerts that contraband may be present, a more thorough search will be conducted to possibly include an unclothed search and a search of your vehicle.

Once you have cleared all of the searches, you will then be allowed to enter the visiting park. 

What you can bring to a visit

You are not allowed to give anything to an inmate during a visit, with the exception of the food and beverages that you can purchase in the visiting park.

Each visitor is allowed to bring money for snacks and beveragesㅡup to $50.00, in $1.00, $5.00, $10.00, and $20.00 denominations only or silver change. You are allowed to bring a small wallet or pouch to hold your money.

You may also bring a car key, but keyless entry devices are not permitted unless the duty warden or designee determines that the device is the only means for the visitor to access the vehicle, and it does not pose a threat to institutional security.

You are allowed to bring in medication, but only the dosage necessary. The Florida Department of Corrections requires that all medicine be in the original prescribed container and must be clearly marked. 

If you have a medical condition, such as diabetes, which requires injections, you will be permitted to depart the visiting park and take the necessary medications. You must lock all needles and syringes in your vehicle because they are not allowed in the visiting park.

You may bring the following items if you are bringing an infant to the visit:

A maximum of five diapers, three clear plastic baby bottles, or two sipper cups for toddlers, one clear plastic baby pacifier, three clear plastic jars of baby food with the original seal intact, and baby wipes or towelettes (in a clear plastic bag). Also, you may bring in an infant baby carrier (subject to search), one set of infant clothing, and one non-quilted baby blanket to keep the infant warm.

Dress Code

When you visit an inmate at Apalachee Correctional Institution, West Unit you must dress conservatively. The following clothing is not permitted:

  • Halter tops or bra-less attire
  • Underwear-type t-shirts or tank tops
  • Fishnet clothing
  • Skin tight clothing
  • Shoes with removable parts
  • See-through fabric without an undergarment
  • Dresses, skirts or shorts more than three inches above the knee
  • Clothing with a threatening picture or language
  • Camouflage
  • Any clothing with metal

Physical Address

52 West Unit Drive
Sneads, Florida

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/sJxoVHFcUehfSbpQA

General Phone Number

​(850) 593-9702

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Last Name, First Name, ID Number
Apalachee Correctional Institution, West Unit
52 West Unit Drive
Sneads, Florida 32460-4165

Always use the inmate’s committed name, DC number, and institutional address when addressing your letters.

Inmates will be permitted to receive only the following types of materials through routine mail:

  • Written correspondence, which may be written on greeting cards, but cards containing electronic or other non-paper parts, cards which are constructed in such a way as to permit concealment of contraband, or which are larger than 8"x10" will not be permitted.

Up to 15 pages of additional written materials. Each page can be no larger than 8 1/2 x 14 inches in size; material can be on both sides of a page. No item can be glued, taped, stapled, or otherwise affixed to a page.

  • Photographs (which are counted toward the 15 page additional materials limitation). Nude photographs or photographs which reveal genitalia, buttocks, or female breast will not be permitted. Polaroid photographs or pictures larger than 8”x10” are not permitted.
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope. These items do not count toward the 15 page limitation for additional materials, but cannot exceed the equivalent of 20, (1 ounce) first class stamps.
  • Blank greeting cards (no larger than 8"x10"), stationery or other blank paper, or envelopes. These items do not count toward the 15 page limitation for additional materials, but cannot exceed 10 in number, with a total possession limit of 15 of each item. Stationery and blank paper must be white, off-white, or yellow. Card stock, sketch paper, and other types of craft paper may not be included.
  • U.S. postage stamps. The value of the stamps cannot exceed the equivalent of 20 (1 oz.) First class stamps. These items do not count toward the 15 page limitation for additional materials.
Inmates are not authorized access to the Internet, but they can receive emails through JPay.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate who is incarcerated at Apalachee Correctional Institution, West. However, they can make phone calls during approved hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Florida, please click here.

How to Send Money

The only way to send money to an inmate at Apalachee Correctional Institution, West Unit is through JPay.

You can send money online with your credit or debit card at JPay.com or with the JPay Mobile App that is available at the Apple App Store (for iPhones) and Google Play (for Android phones).

You can also send money by phone by calling (800) 574-5729 to speak with a live JPay call center agent 24/7.

To make a cash deposit, visit any MoneyGram agent location (including all Walmarts and CVS Pharmacies) and use receive code 5188.

If you wish to send a money order, they must be made payable to JPay and sent with a deposit slip to:

P.O. Box 260010
Hollywood, FL 33026

Funds will be available to the inmate within ten business days, and the $0.50 bank processing fee will still be assessed by the Department of Corrections for a money order deposited to the inmate's account. Any money order, cashiers check, or certified bank draft in the amount of $400 or higher will have a ten day hold placed on the funds. After ten days, the funds will be available for the inmate's use.

Money order deposit slip available in English here.

Hoja de Depósito para Giros Bancarios disponible en Español aqui.

Programs For Inmates

Academic Programs

  • Adult Basic Education
  • General Educational Development (GED)
  • Pre GED & GED Testing
  • Typing Class

Vocational Programs

  • Cabinet Making

Substance Abuse Programs

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

Chaplaincy Services

  • Anger Resolution
  • Bill Gothard Seminars
  • Experiencing God
  • Financial Freedom

Independent Directed Study

  • Purpose Driven Life
  • Reentry Class
  • Religious Education Classes
  • Submission to Authority
  • Survival Kit
  • Video Reentry Classes

Institutional Betterment Programs

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Anger Management
  • CDL - Commercial Driver License Study Class
  • Compass 100
  • Small Business Concepts

P.R.I.D.E. Assignments

  • Agricultural Business – Beef Cattle and Hay & Seed Production

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