Northwest Florida Reception Center

Do you know somebody locked up at Northwest Florida Reception Center?  Northwest Florida Reception Center is a state prison in the Florida state prison system.  This page will tell you about anything related to Northwest Florida Reception Center,like:  How to locate an inmate here.  Visitation information.  The prison’s address and phone number.  How to send mail and money to an inmate at Northwest Florida Reception Center.  And everything else.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Northwest Florida Reception Center
Year Opened: 1994
Type: Male
State: Florida
County: Washington
DOC: Florida Department of Corrections
Security Level: Close, Medium, Minimum, Community
Warden Name: William Churchwell
Warden Email: churchwell.william@mail.dc.state.fl.us

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Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for Northwest Florida Reception Center. Use the mailing address if you are going to send a letter or package to someone at Northwest Florida Reception Center, and make sure to use the physical address if you need to know the location of Northwest Florida Reception Center.

Mailing Address

You should also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section on this page before you send a package or letter to someone in prison to learn how to correctly write the address, and do the correct protocol for mailing a letter or package. If you don’t follow the correct protocol, the letter or package might not get delivered.

INMATE NAME AND REGISTER NUMBER
Northwest Florida Reception Center
4455 Sam Mitchell Drive 
Chipley FL, 32428-3501

Street Address / Prison Location

Address

Northwest Florida Reception Center
4455 Sam Mitchell Drive 
Chipley FL, 32428-3597

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (850) 773-6100
Fax: (850) 773-6252

Map and Directions


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Use the street address if you are visiting a prisoner. You should check the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule headings on this page before you try to visit an inmate here.

Northwest Florida Reception Center
4455 Sam Mitchell Drive 
Chipley FL, 32428-3597

Directions

From I-10 take Exit 120 (SR-77 South) approximately 19 miles, turn right on SR-279 (Moss Hill Road) go Ľ mile, turn right on Sam Mitchell Drive.

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Phone Number

Prisoners don’t have phones, so you can’t call an inmate, but, there are some times when it may be necessary to know the telephone number to Northwest Florida Reception Center.
(850) 773-6100

Northwest Florida Reception Center prisoners are able to make calls with:

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

Fax Number

State prison inmates don’t have access to fax machines, so you won’t get to send a fax to your inmate, but there are cases when it may be necessary to have the fax number to the prison.

(850) 773-6252

Email Address

This is the general email for the prison. You can’t contact individuals at this address. If you want to find out how to send an email to a prisoner, go to the Inmate Email section below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 1303
Total Staff: 405

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner at Northwest Florida Reception Center you must follow an specific process to ensure that the email message gets to the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Prison inmates are not allowed to access the Internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are important rules that you have to follow when sending mail to a state prison inmate. If you don’t follow these rules then letter or package might not get delivered.

Before you proceed, you should read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Institution employees will open and read all incoming general mail and packages. Incoming general postal correspondence is read as frequently as necessary to maintain safety and security or watch a particular problem regarding any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the format for how you must address mail to a state prisoner at Northwest Florida Reception Center:

INMATE NAME AND REGISTER NUMBER
Northwest Florida Reception Center
4455 Sam Mitchell Drive 
Chipley FL, 32428-3501

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Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary that was created to provide inmates a bank-like account for inmate money and for purchasing things not provided by the correctional facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can send funds into these accounts by sending it by the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends are able to send inmates money through postal mail and must send it to the address below and do so in accordance with the policies provided below:

The money must be a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You are advised to use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day holding period, and during this hold period the inmate will not have access to the depsoit. The Bureau of Prisons will return money orders that don’t have correct prisoner information if the envelope has an adequate return address. Personal checks and cash cannot be deposited to the prisoner’s account so do not send checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prison inmates are frequently changed to various prison facilities around the state, so sometimes you may have to find the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Follow the link below to look up an Northwest Florida Reception Center inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Florida state prisons: Florida State Prisons

Florida Department of Corrections Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Northwest Florida Reception Center, be sure that you know this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every state prison has their own procedures for visitation and they get changed frequently. The policies below may be changed since this was written, so you should also go to Northwest Florida Reception Center’s website to read the most up to date visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance officer will ensure every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log when entering the visitation area and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Positive picture id of all visitors is required. The best forms of identification are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state picture id is OK.

For all of the things shown below, go to the actual prison site because this information changes frequently:

  • 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

More information about Northwest Florida Reception Center prison records coming soon.

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

Information about Northwest Florida Reception Center 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

Details about Florida parole 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

Details about release procedures will be posted ASAP.

Inmate Programs

Adult Basic Education
General Educational Development (GED)
Volunteer Literacy

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Prison Life

Section about what life is like at Northwest Florida Reception Center 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

A news section will be posted ASAP.

Photos

A section with photos of Northwest Florida Reception Center to be added later.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Northwest Florida Reception Center
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Northwest Florida Reception Center.

If you have any photos of Northwest Florida Reception Center that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a prison job? Do you have any prior experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in the past?

If so, check out: Northwest Florida Reception Center Jobs

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Website

The official website: Northwest Florida Reception Center 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:

  • The right to protection from the accused.
  • The right to notification.
  • The right to attend proceedings.
  • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • The right to restitution.
  • The right to a speedy trial.
  • 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 Northwest Florida Reception Center inmate family resources coming.

History

A section with the history of Northwest Florida Reception Center to be added later.

Such as:

  • Famous Northwest Florida Reception Center 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

Northwest Florida Reception Center Links

The official website: Northwest Florida Reception Center Website
Northwest Florida Reception Center 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 Northwest Florida Reception Center

Have you ever been incarcerated in Northwest Florida Reception Center? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Northwest Florida Reception Center?

If your answer is yes, then you should write your review about it. Write down your prison experience so others can learn what to expect.

What to put in what you write:

  • Facility conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Inmate activities and programs

If you are an inmate at Northwest Florida Reception Center, leave your address if you want to receive letters from people.


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