Central Florida Reception Center – South Unit

Central Florida Reception Center - South Unit, is a Florida state prison for men located in Orlando, Florida. It has a maximum capacity of 150, and it houses all custody levels, from minimum to maximum security.  This facility is adjacent to the Central Florida Reception Center and Central Florida Reception Center, East Unit.

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 only here for a few weeks before they are processed and assigned to another location. Because of this, there are no education or treatment programs available, 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, South Unit you have to fill out a visitor application and be approved by the Florida Department of Corrections.

Visiting hours are as follows:

  • Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (EST)
  • Sundays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (EST)

Registration will begin at 8:15 am and visitors are not processed after 2:00 pm. You will not be allowed to park on the property until 7:30 am, and if you arrive after 2:00 you will not be allowed to visit.

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

Visit procedures

There is an extensive process you must go through when you first arrive for a visit at the Central Florida Reception Center, South Unit. It starts with the officers asking you some questions about contraband. Then, you will go through a metal detector and a Magneto Static Detector (which detects cell phones) and that is followed by a pat search and a barrier search with a canine handler.

Do not bring cell phones or electronic devices, tobacco, weapons, or drugs of any kind. If they do find contraband, the officers will arrest you.

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 where you can purchase food and beverages, and to hold your money you can bring a small wallet or pouch.

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:

  • 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
  • Baby wipes or towelettes (in a clear plastic bag)
  • An infant baby carrier (subject to search)
  • One set of infant clothing
  • One non-quilted baby blanket to keep the infant warm

Dress Code

When you visit an inmate at Central Florida Reception Center, South Unit, please dress modestly. If you wear any of the following items you will not be allowed in the visiting park:

  • 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 aren’t able to travel to Orlando, or if you prefer to avoid the long process of entering the visiting park, the Central Florida Reception Center, South Unit has 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, South Unit
7000 H C Kelley Rd.
Orlando, FL 32831-2518

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/2M2H478kRV6HA6iX7

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, DC Number
Central Florida Reception Center, South 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. Each letter can have no more than 15 pages, and do not glue, tape, or staple anything to the pages.

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

The Central Florida Reception Center, South Unit allows you to send an inmate up to ten blank greeting cards, stationery, blank paper, or envelopes for your loved one to use. You can also send up to twenty first class stamps.

Inmates do not have internet access, but they can receive emails through JPay. You also have the option of purchasing a JP5 tablet for your incarcerated loved one that they can use to send and receive monitored emails (for a fee) and purchase music, eBooks, and games.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Central Florida Reception Center, South Unit can’t receive incoming calls. However, they are eventually allowed access to phones 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

You have a few different options if you want to send money to an inmate at Central Florida Reception Center, South Unitㅡthe JPay Website, the JPay Mobile App, by phone, in person at a MoneyGram location, or via money order.

  • Online or Mobile App: To send money using a credit or debit card, visit JPay.com or download the JPay Mobile App from the Apple App Store (for iPhones) or Google Play (for Android phones).
  • By phone: Call (800) 574-5729 to talk with a 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

Chaplaincy Services

  • Chapel Library Program
  • Religious Education
  • Worship Services

Institutional Betterment Programs

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

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The Florida Department of Corrections is the third largest prison system in the country, and they do have many positions available. If you are interested in a career at Central Florida Reception Center, South Unit, click here.