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The Montgomery Correctional Center previously known as the City Prison Farm started in 1958, on a 640 acre (2.6 km²) tract in the Northwestern part of Jacksonville, Florida.

Two large buildings were constructed for the prisoners, and a third building was constructed to accommodate facilities for canning many of the agricultural products to be raised on the broad and fertile land that surrounded the prison.

City Prison Farm 1959

The prisoners farmed the land and grew their own vegetables, and raised pigs and cattle for meat and milk to be used in the Prison Farm operations.

By 1961, the inmate population consisted of misdemeanor offenders which averaged approximately 200 males and 50 females. By the end of 1962, the City Prison Farm was a self supporting facility, where they performed tasks such as agriculture, canning, freezing, meat curing, laundry and sewing.

With the consolidation of Jacksonville in 1968, the City Prison Farm was renamed the Jacksonville Correctional Institution.

Director Montgomery Monument

In dedication to Director James I. Montgomery, in 1986, the Jacksonville Correctional Institution was renamed the Montgomery Correctional Center.

With the ever growing inmate population of Jacksonville, Florida, the prison had to expand its facilities. In 1976, the "B" Wing was constructed to add to the men's unit. In 1985, the "D" Wing was added to the women's division which was known as the "C" Wing. The North Unit was constructed in 1989, to replace the original "A" and "B" Wing. In 1994, the original "A" and "B" Wing was closed down. During 1999, the "B" Wing was renovated to become the new housing unit for the female population and the original "C" Wing was demolished. The "D" Wing was renovated in 2002, and became the male annex.

Located on the north side of Jacksonville, Florida, Montgomery Correctional Center currently consists of two compounds: the North Unit is designed for the sentenced male inmates with a capacity of 440 prisoners; the South Unit ("B" Wing) is designed for the sentenced and unsentenced female inmates with a capacity of 160 prisoners. In addition, an Annex ("D" Wing) houses an additional 48 prisoners, with a total population of 648 for the center.

The Montgomery Correctional Center provides care, custody and control of the sentenced prisoners, while utilizing prisoner labor which has supported the general good of the citizenry of the city by providing selected work programs throughout the city.

On a daily basis, nearly two hundred men and women prisoners work on the supervised prisoner work crews which work in many troublesome areas such as: where illegal dumping occurs; deteriorating neighborhoods and in special areas where citizens have requested assistance. The Federal, state and local government agencies have also utilized our prisoner work crews throughout Duval County, Florida to help defray their operating cost. Prisoners that are not able to work on the work crews are required to either participate in treatment or educational programs unless they are certified sick by a member of the medical staff.

Montgomery Correctional Center's services include the Classification Unit, Maintenance Unit, Prison Industries, Food Service, Laundry and Sanitation.

The Classification Unit is responsible for assigning inmates to work crews throughout the Jacksonville community. The work crews have worked and assisted the city with the Streets and Highways, Parks and Recreation, Jacksonville Electric Authority, and Park Maintenance. They also provide classification inmates for on-campus work crews such as the Agriculture Unit, Nursery, Metal Fabrication Shop, Machinery Repair Shop, Bedding Repair, Silk Screening and Shoe Repair Shops.

The Maintenance Unit utilizes skilled prisoners to maintain the facility's physical plant. They have performed construction and repaired multitudes of projects such as remodeling areas in the North and South Units' administrative buildings which accommodate the non-contact visitation center.

The Prison Industry Unit consists of a mattress/sewing factory, a shoe repair factory and a silk screening factory. The Mattress Factory repairs and recovers mattresses, pillows, blankets, prisoner clothing, and the mending for the Mounted Patrol and K-9 Units. The Shoe Repair Factory repairs and reconditions prisoner footwear which is to be redistributed to incoming sentenced prisoners. The Silk Screen Factory provides silk screening for prisoner clothing. Their primary responsibility is to print the Department of Corrections insignia on all prisoner garments used within the Department.

The Food Service Unit is operated through a contracted food service and annually provides approximately 700,000 meals at an approximate cost of $750,000.00.

The Prisoner Laundry Service is responsible for over 10,000 loads of laundry every year.

The Medical Services is contracted through a medical provider which provides all aspects of the medical services for the prisoners at Montgomery Correctional Center, including mental health and dental services. Nursing staff is on site around the clock for any medical emergencies, and a physician's assistant is available five days a week. The physician is on site two times a week. There is always an "on call" physician available at all times. Sick call is available seven days a week and chronic care conditions are managed on-site, however, any special off-site referrals are taken to the City's Hospital, Shands of Jacksonville.

The prisoner's commissary is operated by a contract Corrections Commissary Service. They are responsible for handling all aspects of the commissary services for the prisoners. The program functions in a cost-effective manner, providing the prisoners with essential health and comfort items.

Montgomery Correctional Center has a Chaplain Service which handles the delivery of emergency messages, religious concerns, personal issues, and family problems of the prisoners. They also coordinate worship services and the hours of volunteers.

The Agriculture Unit contributes greatly to our community and saves the taxpayers of our community in excess of $150,000 annually by such projects as: mechanic's crew, landscape and nursery crew, and the metal shop crew.

The Agriculture Mechanic's Crew is responsible for doing (A), (B), and some (C) service inspections and minor repairs on the 30 plus City vehicles which are assigned to Montgomery Correctional Center. They are also responsible for the repairs and maintenance on 100 pieces of lawn and small engine equipment which is also assigned to Montgomery Correctional Center.

The Landscape and Nursery Crew is responsible for the daily pick-up and compacting of trash from the various areas of the center. They also are in charge of mowing 20 acres (81,000 m2) and the lawn conditioning and trimming, and take care of removal of trees, clearing fence lines and ditches on the remaining 800 acres (3.2 km²). The Land and Nursery Crew also assists with the clean up and landscaping for the Police and Fire Pension Fund Office and the Help Center. They have also planted trees for the Florida Community College of Jacksonville North Campus and assisted with landscape duties for the Criminal Justice Training Center. The Crew has also been responsible for planting, maintaining and harvesting a 2-acre (8,100 m2) vegetable garden which produces approximately 15,000 pounds (6800 kg) of fresh vegetables which are donated to nonprofit organization, including homeless centers, children's centers and senior citizen centers. The unit also maintains a green house that cultivates office plants, small shrubbery and border grass from cuttings and seeds which benefits the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, other city and county agencies and nonprofit organizations. This unit has received awards from Jax Pride and other similar agencies for their outstanding work in support of the City.

The Metal Shop Crew is responsible for designing and manufacturing equipment for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and other city and county agencies. They have built and installed doors, windows, wrought iron fences and gates, and a number of other metal items for government end-users. They have constructed dog kennels and dog boxes, and modified vehicles to meet the needs of the Sheriff's K-9 units.

Cited: Municipal Yearbook 1959-1960, Jacksonville, Florida Minicipal Yearbook 1961-1962, Jacksonville, Florida

Civilian Handbook of James I. Montgomery Correctional Center ~ Working for Jacksonville.

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