DeSoto Annex – Florida

Are you looking for somebody at DeSoto Annex?  DeSoto Annex is a state correctional institution in the Florida state prison system, which is part of the Florida Department of Corrections.  This site tells you about anything one might want to know about DeSoto Annex:  Find out who’s in prison at this facility?  Visitation policies and procedures.  The prison’s address and phone number.  How to send mail and money to an inmate at DeSoto Annex.  And everything else.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: DeSoto Annex
Year Opened: 1996
Type: Male
State: Florida
County: Desoto
DOC: Florida Department of Corrections
Security Level: Close, Medium, Minimum, Community
Warden Name: John Tate
Warden Email:

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Contact Information

Here you have the street address and mailing address for DeSoto Annex. Use the mailing address if you are going to send a letter or package to someone there, and use the physical address if you want to know the physical location of DeSoto Annex.

Mailing Address

You should check 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 address the package or letter, and follow the right procedure for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct steps, it could not get to the inmate.

DeSoto Annex
13617 S.E. Highway 70 
Arcadia FL, 34266-7800

Street Address / Prison Location


DeSoto Annex
13617 S.E. Highway 70 
Arcadia FL, 34266-7800

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (863) 494-3727
Fax: (863) 494-1740

Map and Directions

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Use the street address if you are visiting an inmate. Be sure to read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information on this page if you are going to visit a prisoner.

DeSoto Annex
13617 S.E. Highway 70 
Arcadia FL, 34266-7800


Southbound: South of Tampa on I-75, turn right on Highway 70 at Exit 217. (Northbound traffic should take Exit 217A.) Take Highway 70 to Arcadia. Continue on Highway 70 past Arcadia for approximately 12 miles. Desoto Annex is located on the right.

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Phone Number

DeSoto Annex inmates don’t have phones in their cells, so you won’t get to call inmates, however, there are cases when it is necessary to know the phone number to DeSoto Annex.
(863) 494-3727

Inmates can sometimes make calls with:

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

Fax Number

Prisoners don’t have access to fax machines, so you can’t fax a letter to your inmate, but there are times when it might be helpful to know the fax machine number to DeSoto Annex.

(863) 494-1740

Email Address

This is the primary email for DeSoto Annex. You won’t be able to contact individuals using this email. If you want to email an inmate, go to the Inmate Email information below.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates: 1453
Total Staff: 242

Inmate Email

To send email to a prisoner at DeSoto Annex you must follow an exact procedure to make sure that the email message is received by the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates are not allowed to access the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special rules that are necessary to follow when sending a letter or package to a inmate. If you don’t follow these rules then the letters and packages might not be received.

Before you proceed, read the information below:

Mail Monitoring

Institution employees open and inspect and read all incoming general packages and mail. Received general mail and packages may be read as frequently as is deemed necessary to ensure security and safety or watch problems having to do with an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the proper format for how you have to address a letter to a prisoner at DeSoto Annex:

DeSoto Annex
13617 S.E. Highway 70 
Arcadia FL, 34266-7800

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Inmate Money

Each state correctional institution has a Commissary which serves to provide a bank-like account for inmate funds and for buying things not provided by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can add money to these Commissary accounts using Western Union or by mail.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners money by way of the mail and have to send money to the address below and follow the directions provided below:

The money have to be in the form of a money order that is made out to the inmate’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 subject to a 15-day hold period, and during this hold period the inmate will not have access to the money. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender money orders that do not have valid prisoner info provided the envelope has a valid return address. Checks and cash will not be deposited to the prisoner’s account so don’t send checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prisoners are from time to time moved to different prison facilities throughout Florida, so you might need to find the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click on the link below to find an state prisoner.
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 DeSoto Annex, you must know this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every Florida state prison has their own policies for prisoner visitation and they change regularly. The rules discussed here could be out of date since this was written, so make sure to also check DeSoto Annex’s site to get the most up to date rules for visitation.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The visitation officer will ensure every visitor signs the inmate visitors log when entering the prison and upon exiting.

Identification Required

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

For all of the points shown below, check out the main prison website because this info is updated 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

Details about DeSoto Annex prison records will be posted ASAP.

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 DeSoto Annex death row coming.

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


Details about Florida parole process coming.

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.


More information about release procedures for DeSoto Annex coming soon.

Inmate Programs

Academic Programs:
Adult Basic Education
General Educational Development (GED)
Special Education Services
Title I Services
Vocational Programs:
Welding Technology
Masonry Brick and Block

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Prison Life

Details about prison life will be posted ASAP.

  • 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.


A news section to be added later.


A DeSoto Annex photo section to be added later.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at DeSoto Annex
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at DeSoto Annex.

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

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a correctional facility job? Have experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility in your previous job?

If so, go to: DeSoto Annex Jobs

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The official website: DeSoto Annex 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.

Click here to tell your story

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Family Resources

Information about family resources coming.


A history section coming soon.

Such as:

  • Famous DeSoto Annex inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

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


Information About Other Florida State Prisons: Florida State Prisons

DeSoto Annex Links

The official website: DeSoto Annex Website
DeSoto Annex 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 DeSoto Annex

Have you ever been incarcerated in DeSoto Annex? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at DeSoto Annex?

If so, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced so others can find out what to expect.

Things you could put in your comment:

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

If you are currently an inmate at DeSoto Annex, include your address if you want to receive letters from people.

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  1. Conditions at desoto annex are deplorable,non-working toilets,exhaust fans, no cold drinking water. In a dorm with 70 inmates they need more than 2 working toilets. Food service is a joke, the only reason to eat the food is to prevent starvation, I know I used to work there. They do not wash the vegetables before serving, bad spots in the potatoes go in the pot with the good potatoes. The cockroaches run wild everywhere, across the tray line included, if they weren’t state connected the health dept would have a field day in there.

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