Columbia Correctional Institution – Florida

Do you know someone locked up at Columbia Correctional Institution?  Columbia Correctional Institution is a correctional facility in the Florida state prison system, which is part of the Florida Department of Corrections.  This site will tell you all about anything one might want to know about Columbia Correctional Institution,like:  How to locate an inmate here.  Visitation policies and procedures.  The prison’s address and phone number.  How to send mail and money to an inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution.  And much, much more.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Columbia Correctional Institution
Year Opened: 1992
Type: Male
State: Florida
County: Columbia
DOC: Florida Department of Corrections
Security Level: Close, Medium, Minimum, Community
Warden Name: Don Davis
Warden Email: Davis.Don@mail.dc.state.fl.us

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Contact Information

Below you will find the mailing address and street address for Columbia Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are going to mail a package or letter to a prisoner there, and use the street address if you need to know the location of the facility.

Mailing Address

You should also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures heading on this page before you send something to an inmate to make sure that you properly write the address, and follow the appropriate protocol for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, the package or letter could not get to the inmate.

INMATE NAME AND INMATE ID NUMBER
Columbia Correctional Institution
216 S.E. Corrections Way 
Lake City FL, 32025-2013

Street Address / Prison Location

Address

Columbia Correctional Institution
216 S.E. Corrections Way 
Lake City FL, 32025-2013

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (386) 754-7600
Fax Number: (386) 754-7602

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Use this address if you are going to visit a prisoner. Be sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections further down on this page before you visit someone in prison at Columbia Correctional Institution.

Columbia Correctional Institution
216 S.E. Corrections Way 
Lake City FL, 32025-2013

Directions

From I-75 take Exit 427 (US-90 East). The Institution is located 6 miles east of Lake City on US-90. From I-10, take Exit 324 (US-90 West) 11 miles.

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Phone Number

Prisoners don’t have phones in their cells, so you can’t call the inmate, but, there are cases when it is useful to know the phone number to the facility.
(386) 754-7600

Columbia Correctional Institution inmates can sometimes make calls using various methods:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Columbia Correctional Institution inmates don’t have faxes, so you won’t get to fax a letter to the inmate, but there are some times when it might be helpful to know the fax number to Columbia Correctional Institution.

(386) 754-7602

Email Address

The email address below is the main email address for Columbia Correctional Institution. You won’t be able to email inmates using this email. If you are going to send an email to an inmate, read the Inmate Email heading below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 1427
Total Staff: 389

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner you must use an exact procedure to ensure that the email is received by the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates can’t access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special rules that are necessary to follow when sending a package or letter to a state prisoner. If you don’t then what you sent might not make it there.

Before you send a package or letter, be sure to read the information below:

Mail Monitoring

Institution guards will open and read and inspect all received general packages and mail. Received general correspondence may be read as frequently as is deemed necessary to ensure security or monitor any problems confronting inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Below is the format for how you need to address a letter or package to a state prison inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution:

INMATE NAME AND INMATE ID NUMBER
Columbia Correctional Institution
216 S.E. Corrections Way 
Lake City FL, 32025-2013

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Inmate Money

Each state correctional institution has a Commissary that serves to provide prisoners a bank type account for prisoner money and for buying items not issued regularly by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can deposit money to prisoner’s Commissary accounts by sending it by the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends are able to send inmates funds through the postal service and must send money to the following address and follow the directions listed below:

The deposit must be in a money order made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You should use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be placed on a 15-day hold period, in which the inmate will not have access to the money. The Bureau of Prisons will return money orders that do not have valid prisoner information provided the envelope you sent it in has a valid return address. Cash and personal checks won’t be deposited so don’t send checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prisoners are often transported to various prison facilities in the state, so you might need to look up the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to look up an state prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Florida state prisons: Florida State Prisons

Florida Department of Corrections Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit Columbia Correctional Institution, you must know the following:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every prison has its own rules for visitation and they change regularly. The information below could be changed when you are reading this, so be sure to also read Columbia Correctional Institution’s official website to read the most up to date visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation officer will ensure every visitor signs the prison visitors log upon entering the correctional facility and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Positive picture ID of all visitors will be required. The best forms of identification are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state issued picture ID is OK.

For all of the things listed below, check out the main prison facility website because this information is changed all the time:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Information about Columbia Correctional Institution records to be added later.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Details about Columbia Correctional Institution death row will be posted ASAP.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Parole

Info about Florida parole process to be added later.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Release

Section about getting released from Columbia Correctional Institution coming soon.

Inmate Programs

Academic Programs:
Adult Basic Education
General Educational Development (GED)
Special Education Services
Volunteer Literacy Program
Vocational Programs:
Masonry Brick and Block

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Prison Life

Info about prison life coming.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

News

Columbia Correctional Institution news to be added later.

Photos

A section with photos of Columbia Correctional Institution to be added later.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Columbia Correctional Institution
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Columbia Correctional Institution.

If you have any photos of Columbia Correctional Institution that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you trying to find a job at a prison? Do you have experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility in the past?

If so, click here: Columbia Correctional Institution Jobs

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Website

The official website: Columbia Correctional Institution Website

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
  • Victims have the right to notification.
  • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • Victims have the right to restitution.
  • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
  • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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Family Resources

Information about family resources coming soon.

History

A section with the history of Columbia Correctional Institution coming.

Such as:

  • Famous Columbia Correctional Institution inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Links

Information About Other Florida State Prisons: Florida State Prisons

Columbia Correctional Institution Links

The official website: Columbia Correctional Institution Website
Columbia Correctional Institution Jobs

Florida Department of Corrections Links

Florida Department of Corrections Main Website
Florida Department of Corrections Prison Directory
Florida Department of Corrections Prison Map
Florida Department of Corrections Prison Jobs
Florida Department of Corrections Prison Inmate Search
Florida Department of Corrections Most Wanted

Florida Department of Corrections Victim Services
Florida Department of Corrections Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a Florida State Prison Inmate
JPay Services for Florida State Prison Inmates
Sending Mail to Florida State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to Florida State Prison Inmates
Florida State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Columbia Correctional Institution

Have you ever been incarcerated in Columbia Correctional Institution? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever visited someone at this prison?

If so, then please write your review about it. Write about your experience so that others can find out what to expect.

What to put in your comment:

  • Facility conditions
  • Prison facility and layout
  • Staff and guards
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gangs
  • Inmate activities and programs

If you are currently an inmate here, post your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.


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