Lake Correctional Institution

Lake Correctional Institution is a Florida state prison for men that is operated by the Florida Department of Corrections. Located in Clermont, Florida, this level V facility was opened in 1973 and can house a maximum of 1,093 inmates of mixed custody levels.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

You are not allowed to visit an inmate at Lake Correctional Institution unless you are on their approved visiting list. The inmate must mail you a visitor applicationㅡwhich is available in both English and Spanishㅡand then you must fill it out and mail it back to Lake Correctional Institution. Everyone 12 or older must complete this form and have it approved by the Florida Department of Corrections in order to visit an inmate. 

Lake Correctional Institution is in the eastern time zone, and that means the visiting hours are on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST. Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. and they stop processing visitors at 2:00 p.m. 

An approved adult on the inmate’s visiting list must accompany visitors who are 17 and younger.

Visit procedures

You will need a photo ID in order to get into the visiting room. The registration process will begin with officers asking you a series of questions, and then you will go through a few different searches and scanners.

First, your property will be searched, and then you will go through a metal detector and a Magneto Static Detector (which detects cell phones). The next step is to go into a separate room for a pat search, and finally, you will go through a barrier search that is conducted by a canine handler. 

In addition to your ID, the only other things you can bring to a visit are a car key and money for vending machines. Items like cell phones, electronic devices, tobacco, weapons, and drugs are contraband, and trying to bring these items into the prison could get you arrested.

Once you have cleared all of these steps, you will be allowed to visit with your inmate.

What you can bring to a visit

Each visitor can bring no more than $50.00 ($1, $5, $10, and $20 denominations only or silver change) for the vending machines, and you are allowed to carry the money in a small wallet or pouch. You can also bring one car key, but keychains and keyless entry devices are not allowed.

They do make exceptions for necessary medication, but only the necessary dosage. All meds must be in the original prescribed container and clearly marked. 

If you have a medical condition that requires injections, the officers at Lake will allow you to leave the visiting room. Needles and syringes are not allowed inside, and before you can return to your visit the officers will conduct another pat search.

If you are bringing an infant into the visit, you may have the following items:

  • 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 Lake Correctional Institution is modest, and you are not allowed to wear the following items:

  • 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

Lake Correctional Institution does have video visitation available through JPay. The visits can last up to thirty minutes, and they do cost money. You must also be an approved visitor on the inmate’s visiting list to have a video visit.

Physical Address

Lake Correctional Institution
19225 U.S. Highway 27
Clermont, Florida 34715-9025

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and ID Number
Lake Correctional Institution
19225 U.S. Highway 27
Clermont, Florida 34715-9025

Remember to include the inmate’s committed name, their DC number, and institutional address on all inmate mail. Only send mail through the US Postal Service because mail from private companies and couriers is not allowed.

These items are allowed in inmate mail:

  • Letters up to 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

Mail in boxes, padded envelopes, plastic bags, multi-layer packaging, envelopes that include metal parts, or card stock type envelopes (U.S. Mail Priority or U.S. Mail Express card board type) is not allowed. You are also not allowed to send mail with bubble wrap or packing peanuts.


Even though inmates don’t have access to the internet, JPay is a service that you can use to send an email to an inmate, and the Lake staff will print them out and deliver the emails at mail call.

JP5 tablets are available for inmates to purchase, and these devices allow them to send and receive monitored emails (for a fee). Music, eBooks, and games are also available for purchase with the JP5 tablets. 

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at Lake Correctional Institution can’t receive incoming calls, but they do have access to phone and can call you collect. 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 Lake Correctional Institution, you can use either JPay or MoneyGram.

JPay Options

  • Online or Mobile App: To send an inmate money with your credit or debit card, visit 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.


If you want to use cash, visit a MoneyGram location (includes all Walmarts and CVS Pharmacies) and use receive code 5188. You can also use a debit or credit card with this option.

Programs For Inmates

Academic Programs

  • Adult Basic Education
  • General Educational Development (GED)
  • Special Education Services

Chaplaincy Services

  • Chapel Library Program
  • Kairos Week-ends
  • Religious Education
  • Worship Services

Institutional Betterment Programs

  • 100-hour Transition Program
  • Active and Passive Sports
  • Law Library Program
  • Library Program
  • Pre-Release Counseling
  • Weight Training

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Careers at Lake Correctional Institution

The Florida Department of Corrections is the third largest prison system in the country, and they have numerous job openings across the state. To view the job listings at Lake Correctional Institution, click here