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Lowell Correctional Institution
Status Open
Security class Minimum, Medium,
High, Death row
Capacity 1,244
Opened 1956
Managed by Florida Department of Corrections

Lowell Correction Institution located in Ocala, Florida was the first Florida prison for women. It was opened in April 1956 as the Florida Correctional Institution. It houses all security levels: minimum, maximum, and death row. At the time it was opened, Lowell was the only prison that housed solely female offenders in the state. In 1999, the name was changed to Lowell Correctional Institution/Women’s Unit, and in 2000 it was given the latest title of Lowell Correctional Institution [1]. It has a maximum population of 1,244 female inmates ranging anywhere from youth (14-18) to adults (18+).

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Facilities

Lowell Correctional Institution houses female offenders at all security levels, including juveniles age 14 to 18 and adults. The Lowell Annex, under the supervision of the Lowell Correctional Institution, houses an inmate reception center. It also houses close security and death row inmates. The Lowell Correctional Institution Work Camp houses inmates whose custody level allows them to work outside the gates and with the public. The Lowell Correctional Institution Boot Camp, "Camp Jones", a boot camp for young offenders.

The institution also supervises Levy Forestry Camp, a work camp located 30 miles (48 km) away. The camp provides labor for the Florida Division of Forestry.

History

Prior to the opening of the women’s prison, female offenders in Florida were housed at the Florida State Prison, Raiford, in segregated units separate from the males. They were housed at the State Prison, Raiford in wooden dorms. The quarters were overcrowded and used double beds. Women worked in separate sections of the prison workshops and farms. The degree of segregation between males and females in comparison to other prisons was not possible. Facilities for black and white girls were also segregated. Black girls were housed at Raiford with adult offenders. White girls were held at The Industrial School for Girls in Ocala where Lowell Correctional Institute would later be established. The Industrial School for Girls provided institutional care for an average of 80 to 100 delinquent girls mostly white. In 1956, the first all female prison was opened in Lowell, as Florida Correctional Institute. All women at the state prison in Raiford were transferred to this facility.

Growth

The Forest Hills School for Girls was added to Florida C.I. in 1973. The Levy Forestry Camp was added in 1995 with a primary mission of providing labor for the Division of Forestry. In July 1997, C.A.M.P. Jones was opened as the only “boot camp”- style program for young female offenders in Florida. In 1998, Florida C.I. was combined with Marion C.I., changing the name to Lowell C.I. / Women’s Unit. Then in 2000, the prison was renamed Lowell C.I. and began housing youthful pregnant offenders.

In 2009, renovations of at Lowell Correctional Institution started. The first phase was completed and (2) 180-bed open bay dormitories were placed online in the Summer of 2009. With the opening of these two dorm, several older dorms were taken out of service. In the Fall of 2009, Phase Two began and several mission changes were put into effect, elderly inmates were moved to climate controlled dormitories at the Lowell Correctional Institution Annex and the primary dormitory where wheelchair bound inmates were housed was demolished to make way for a new food service and canteen buildings. Another mission that has changed in 2009, is Lowell Correctional Institution's housing of Pregnant Inmates. In 2009 the Department of Corrections completed a climate-controlled facility in South Florida to house long term pregnant inmates. Inmates in the final term of their pregnancy will remain housed at Lowell Correctional Institution. There are an additional (2) open bay dorms and (2) secure-cell housing units planned to begin in the final phase of the renovations.

In 2010, the Lowell Correctional Institution Annex brought (1) 240-bed secure-cell housing unit online. This dormitory will house inmates that the department have classified as security risks and require housing in cells instead of dormitory bunks.

In 2012, Lowell Reception Center, is scheduled to be brought online. This stand-alone facility will take over the Reception and Orientation mission from the Annex. Also scheduled to be opened at the Lowell Reception Center is a Crisis Care/Transitional Care Unit that will house inmates that require inpatient mental health treatment.

The projected inmate population once these units are complete will be approximately 4000 housed within the 6 units that Lowell Correctional Institution will encompass.

Tuberculosis Outbreak

In July of 2005, 3,100 prisoners and 800 staff members where tested at Lowell Correction Institution for tuberculosis. Prison officials confirmed seven cases and no fatalities. State and local officials were unsure how the infection was brought into the facility.

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