Florida State Prison - West Unit

Florida State Prison, West Unit is a Florida state prison for men that is located in Raiford, Florida. This facility can house up to 802 inmates of various security levels.

This facility was originally known as the Butler Transient Unit, and it was a satellite unit of the old Reception and Medical Center. In 1991, it became a prison for long-term inmates, and it became the Florida State Prison, West Unit in 2009.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

If you would like to visit an inmate at Florida State Prison, West Unit, the first thing you need to do is get on the approved visiting list. Talk to your inmate about getting on their approved visiting list, and they will contact their counselor, who will send you a visitor applicationㅡwhich is available in both English and Spanish.

Once you receive your application, fill it out completely and then mail it back to Florida State Prison, West Unit. Everyone 12 or older must complete this form in order to visit an inmate. The Florida Department of Corrections must approve your application before you are allowed to visit.

Visiting hours at Florida State Prison, West Unit 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. 

If a visitor is 17 or younger, they must be accompanied by an approved adult on the inmate’s visiting list.

Visit procedures

When you arrive for a visit at Florida State Prison, West Unit, be prepared to answer a series of questions from officers and go through numerous searches. 

Registration begins with officers asking you about contraband, and then you will have your property searched before you go through a metal detector and a Magneto Static Detector (which detects cell phones). After that, you must go through a pat search, and the last step is a barrier search that is conducted by a canine handler. 

Do not attempt to bring in contraband. If you are caught with items like cell phones, tobacco, weapons, or drugs, you could be arrested.

After you have cleared all of these steps you will be allowed to visit an inmate at Florida State Prison, West Unit.

What you can bring to a visit

The only items you are allowed to bring into the visiting room at Florida State Prison, West Unit is money and a car key.

  • Each visitor is allowed to bring a maximum of $50.00 ($1, $5, $10, and $20 denominations only or silver change) for the vending machines, and you can carry the money in a small wallet or pouch.
  • Only one car key is allowed, no key chains or keyless entry devices.

There are some exceptions to this rule. If you need medication during your visit, you are allowed to bring in the necessary dosage. Just remember to bring it in the original prescribed container that is clearly marked. 

If you have a medical condition which requires injections, you can leave the visiting room and take care of that in your vehicle, but you can’t bring in any needles or syringes into the visiting room.

You are allowed to bring the following items if you have 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

The dress code in the visiting room at Florida State Prison, West Unit is extremely conservative. If you wear any of the following items, you will not be allowed to visit.

  • 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 make the trip to Florida State Prison, West Unit, they do have a video visitation, which is a service available through JPay. The visits can last up to thirty minutes, but you must first be approved by the Florida Department of Corrections, and it does cost money.

Physical Address

​Florida State Prison, West Unit
7819 N.W. 228th Street
Raiford, Florida 32026

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/rV8toFe5sFFVh8Jq7

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Florida State Prison West Unit
Inmate Name and ID Number
P.O. Box 800
Raiford, Fl. 32083

You must always include the inmate’s committed name, DC number, and institutional address on all correspondence.  All inmate correspondence must go through the US Postal Service (no UPS or FEDEX). 

You can send the following items in inmate mail:

  • Letters no longer than 15 pages (You cannot glue, tape, or staple anything to the pages)
  • Greeting cards, but nothing with electronic or non-paper parts
  • Pictures, with the exception of nude photographs, Polaroids, or anything larger than 8”x10”
  • A maximum of ten blank greeting cards, blank pieces of paper, or envelopes
  • A maximum of twenty, first class stamps

You are not allowed to send mail in boxes, padded envelopes, plastic bags, multi-layer packaging, or envelopes that include metal parts. Also, any package containing bubble wrap or packing peanuts or card stock type envelopes (U.S. Mail Priority or U.S. Mail Express card board type) will be rejected.

Do not send non-paper items or put stickers on the envelope or correspondence. 

There is also an email option available through JPay

The Florida State Prison, West Unit also has JP5 tablets available for purchase so your inmate can send and receive monitored emails (for a fee), and they can also purchase music, eBooks, and games.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Florida State Prison, West Unit can’t receive phone calls, but they can make calls to approved numbers during daytime hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Florida, please click here.

How to Send Money

If you would like to send money to an inmate at Florida State Prison, West Unit you must use JPay or visit a MoneyGram location. With JPay, you can send money via their website, with their app, on the phone, or by mail. 

JPay Options

  • Online or Mobile App: To send an inmate 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. 
  • 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.

You can also visit a MoneyGram location (including all Walmarts and CVS Pharmacies) and use receive code 5188. With this method you can use cash.

Programs For Inmates

Academic Programs

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Choices Career Planner
  • Continuing Education
  • General Educational Development (GED)
  • Inmate Teaching Assistant Program (ITA)
  • Ready to Work
  • Special Education Services

Vocational Programs

  • Electrical Program
  • Plumbing Technology

Chaplaincy Services

  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Chapel Library Program
  • Holy Day Observation
  • Personal Growth Programs
  • Religious Education
  • Spiritual Advisor Visits
  • Special Events
  • Volunteer Program
  • Worship Services

Institutional Betterment Programs

  • 100 hour Transition Program
  • Fresh Start Smoking Cessation
  • Law Library Program
  • Library Program
  • Sports Leagues
  • Weight Training
  • Wellness Education

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