Florida Women's Reception Center

Florida Women's Reception Center is a Florida state prison for women that is located in Ocala, Florida. This facility can house up to 1,345 inmates of various security levels.

The Florida Women's Reception Center is a unique facility which features different quadrants: reception for incoming female inmates to the Florida Department of Corrections, an in-patient mental health treatment center, and housing for general population.

The design of the Florida Women's Reception Center allows for separate, focused missions with minimal contact with the inmates from other quadrants. This separation facilitates the creation of different environments, so the program characteristics of each mission can be fully fulfilled.

Prior to 2013, this facility was known as the Lowell Reception Center because it is located near the Lowell Correctional Institution, which is the largest women's prison in the United States. The facility is also adjacent to Marion Correctional Institution, a men’s prison.

FWRC has faced a lot of criticism recently because of the quality of its medical care. After a 2015 audit, an oversight board declared a "medical emergency" at the Florida Women’s Reception Center because at least three inmates had untreated life-threatening medical conditions. The audit also found poor recordkeeping, and other serious deficiencies on the part of the DOC and Corizon, the medical provider.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The Florida Department of Corrections strongly encourages family reunification and believes visitation is the most important aspect of this.

If you would like to visit an inmate at Florida Women's Reception Center, you must get approved by the Florida Department of Corrections. Talk to your inmate about getting on their approved visiting list (by phone or mail), and they will start the process by contacting their case worker, 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 Women's Reception Center. Everyone 12 or older must complete this form in order to visit an inmate. 

Visiting hours at Florida Women's Reception Center 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 Women's Reception Center, 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 Women's Reception Center.

What you can bring to a visit

The only items you are allowed to bring into the visiting room at Florida Women's Reception Center 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 into the visiting room 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 Women's Reception Center 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 are not able to visit the Florida Women's Reception Center, they do have 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 Women's Reception Center
3700 NW 111th Place
Ocala, Florida 34482-1479

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/6hrinUdQAJaieHkW6

General Phone Number

​(352) 840-8000

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and ID number
Florida Women's Reception Center
3700 NW 111th Place
Ocala, Florida 34482-1479

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 Women's Reception Center 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 Women's Reception Center 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 Women's Reception Center, 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:

JPay
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
  • General Educational Development (GED)
  • Special Education Screening (Child Find)
  • Volunteer Literacy Program

Chaplaincy Services

  • Faith & Character Based Programs
  • Chapel Library
  • Religious Education
  • Worship Services

Institutional Betterment Programs

  • 100 Hour Transition Class
  • Abe Brown Family Bonding Program
  • Alcoholic Anonymous
  • Anger Management
  • Crafts with Conviction
  • Creative Writing / Journey Daybook
  • Children of Inmates (Family BondingProgram)
  • Florida Ready to Work
  • Journey of Years (JOY) Program
  • Law Library Programs
  • Library Services
  • Life Skills
  • Mommy Reads Program
  • Mommy Speaks Program
  • Money Management
  • Narcotic Anonymous
  • Parenting
  • Re-entry Fairs
  • Wellness Education
  • Yoga

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Careers at Florida Women's Reception Center

As the third largest prison system in the country, the Florida Department of Corrections has many positions available. You can find more information about a job at Florida Women's Reception Center by clicking here.

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