Central Florida Reception Center – East Unit

Central Florida Reception Center, East Unit is a Florida state prison for men located in Orlando, Florida. It has a maximum capacity of 1,407, and it houses all custody levels, from minimum to maximum security.  This facility is adjacent to the Central Florida Reception Center.

This is an intake and processing center for male inmates who are entering the Florida Department of Corrections to serve their sentence. This means that the inmates are here temporarily (a few weeks) before being assigned to another location. Because of this, there are limited inmate programs and the offenders aren’t allowed to make phone calls or send emails when they first arrive.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Before you can visit an inmate at Central Florida Reception Center, East Unit, you have to fill out a visitor application and be approved by the Florida Department of Corrections.

Visiting hours are on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and visitors will not be processed after 2:00 p.m. The visiting park is also open on holidays, including New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (the third Monday in January), Memorial Day, 4th of July, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

If a holiday falls on a Saturday, then the Friday before will be observed as a holiday. If it falls on a Sunday, then the following Monday will be observed as the holiday.

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

Visit procedures

There is quite the process when you first arrive for a visit at the Central Florida Reception Center, East Unit. It starts with the officers asking you some questions about contraband. Then, you will go through a metal detector, and that is followed by a pat search and barrier search.

You will be asked if you are carrying any cell phones or electronic devices on you or if you have brought something to give to an inmate. They will also ask you about tobacco, drugs of any type, and weapons. Do not bring contraband to a visit because it will cause you serious problems.

After they ask the questions, the officers will search you and your property, and they will arrest you if you try to bring in contraband. 

Once your property is searched, you will go through a metal detector, either a walk-through metal detector or a hand-held metal detector. Then, you will go through the Magneto Static Detector, which can detect cell phones.

Next, you will enter another room for a pat search where you must remove all exterior clothing like jackets, sweaters, scarves, shoes, etc.

Finally, there is the barrier search. This is where a canine handler will use a dog to determine if you have drugs or cell phones. If the canine alerts the officer that you might have these items, you could be subject to a strip search and a search of your vehicle. 

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

What you can bring to a visit

You can bring up to $50.00 (in $1.00, $5.00, $10.00, and $20.00 denominations only or silver change) for the vending machines, and you are allowed to bring a small wallet or pouch to hold your money.

You are also permitted to bring one car key. To avoid any problems, take the car key off of your keychain because you can’t bring in any other keys or a keyless entry device.

When it comes to medication that you might need during the visit, you are allowed to bring in only the necessary dosage. All medicine must 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 leave the visiting park and take the necessary medications, but you can’t bring in any needles or syringes.

The following items are allowed 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 Central Florida Reception Center, East Unit, always wear conservative clothing. If you wear any of the following items you will not get in:

  • 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

Video Visitation

If you can’t travel to Orlando, or want to avoid the long process of entering the visiting park, you do have the option of video visitation. This service is available through JPay, and the visits can last up to thirty minutes. However, before you can do this, you must be approved by the Florida Department of Corrections, and it does cost money.

Physical Address

Central Florida Reception Center, East Unit
7000 H C Kelley Rd.
Orlando, FL 32831-2518

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/v8171zby16UemLVJ9

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DC Number
Central Florida Reception Center, East Unit
7000 H C Kelley Rd.
Orlando, FL 32831-2518

Always include the inmate’s committed name, DC number, and institutional address when addressing your letters. If you don’t, the mailroom staff will reject the correspondence and send it back. You can send written correspondence with a maximum of 15 pages, but do not glue, tape, or staple anything to the pages.

You are also allowed to send greeting cards, but they can’t have any electronic or non-paper parts. Pictures are permitted in inmate mail, but you can’t send nude photographs, Polaroids, or anything larger than 8”x10.” 

The Central Florida Reception Center, East Unit does allow you to send an inmate up to ten blank greeting cards, stationery, blank paper, or envelopes. You can also send up to twenty first class stamps.

Inmates do not have access to the Internet, but they can receive emails through JPay. You can also use that service to purchase a JP5 tablet for your incarcerated loved one. This tablet will allow the inmate to send and receive monitored emails (for a fee), and they can also purchase music, eBooks, and games.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate who is incarcerated at Central Florida Reception Center, East Unit. However, they are eventually allowed to make outgoing calls once they have been processed through intake. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Florida, please click here.

How to Send Money

To send money to an inmate at Central Florida Reception Center, East Unit, you must use JPay or visit a MoneyGram location.

  • Online or Mobile App: To send money with your credit or debit card, visit JPay.com or download the JPay Mobile App that is available at the Apple App Store (for iPhones) and Google Play (for Android phones).
  • By phone: Call (800) 574-5729 to talk with a live JPay call center agent and send money with a debit or credit card. 
  • Visit a MoneyGram location (including all Walmarts and CVS Pharmacies) and use receive code 5188. This method allows you to use cash. 
  • Mail a money orderㅡmade payable to JPayㅡwith a deposit slip to:

P.O. Box 260010
Hollywood, FL 33026

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)

Chaplaincy Services

  • Chapel Library Program
  • Religious Education
  • Worship Services

Institutional Betterment Programs

  • 100-hour Transition Program
  • Anger & Stress Management
  • Gavel Club
  • Law Library Program
  • Library Program
  • Wellness Education

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