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Florida State Prison
County: Bradford
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P. O. Box 747
Starke, Florida 32091

(904) 964-8125
Suncom: 836-1011
FAX: (904) 964-6703









Directions: From East: SR-16, 11 miles west of Starke on left. Go through archway, circle to left, Administration Building (Red Brick) behind parking lot. From North: (Macclenny) SR-121 south approximately 17 miles to SR-16 (before town of Raiford). Turn left onto SR-16. Go approximately 3 miles, cross New River Bridge. The Institution is on the right. From South: US-301 north approximately 35 miles to SR-16 (Raiford Road) (West), go approximately 11 miles. The Institution is on the left. From West (Lake City): SR-100 approximately 23 miles to SR-121 (Lake Butler), turn left, go approximately 6 miles, just outside town of Raiford turn right (east) onto SR-16. Go approximately 3 miles, cross New River Bridge. The Institution is on the right.

Historical Information: What is now Union Correctional Institution was the original Florida State Prison and what is now known as Florida State Prison Main Unit was constructed with the death chamber in 1961. As the East Unit, it was designed as a maximum security prison to house 1,176 adult male minimum, medium, close, and maximum custody inmates and remains the same today. Florida State Prison Main Unit's title was transferred to the East Unit in 1973 and the old "flat top" Florida State Prison became Union Correctional Institution. All medical grades are accepted and some self-betterment programs are provided.

The O-Unit was built in 1955 as a maximum security unit assigned to the original Florida State Prison, housing close custody inmates. It is now utilized as a work camp, assigned to Florida State Prison, housing minimum and medium custody inmates.

Annual Budget (FY 98-99):
Total operating budget: $26,054,267.00

Total Staff:   618


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