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Inmate Services & Programs

The following is a partial list of the programs currently available to Okaloosa County Inmates:

Inmate Commissary and Welfare Fund

A commissary is operated by the department to allow inmates the opportunity to purchase food and hygiene items. Tobacco products are not available through the commissary. The facility has been smoke-free since January 1, 1995. Profits from the commissary go into the Inmate Welfare Fund, which in turn, pays for all inmate program expenses, including the salary and benefits of the Commissary Operator.

Library Services

State statutes require that inmates are afforded access to the courts. Research information concerning their cases or other legal questions are made available to the inmates upon request. A standard reading library is also available to the inmates held beyond their first appearance before the Judge.

Visitation

On-site scheduled visitation is made available for two hours per week to each inmate at no cost to the visitor. Inmates housed as new commitments or in disciplinary confinement are not afforded visitation. The two hours will be in twenty minute increments allowing six visitation sessions per week. Each inmate will not have more than three scheduled per day. On-site visitation may be scheduled between the hours of 7:30 am and 6:00 pm, except during mandatory lockdown. Off-site visitation may be scheduled from home or any computer access at a fee of $20.00 per twenty minute increment. Off-site visitation may be scheduled between the hours of 7:30 am and 10:00 pm, except during mandatory lockdown. It is the responsibility of the inmate and the visitor to be at the terminal ready for visitation prior to the start of the session. Each person can log onto the system 1 minute prior to the start of the session. Rules for visitation are available to visitors in the general visitation area and are also listed in the "Inmate Handbook" which is given to each newly admitted inmate. Visitation may be scheduled in the public lobby on the visitation kiosk or on-line at www.Securustech.net/VideoVisitation.

Religious Services

The Department of Corrections has a facility Chaplain who coordinates religious services for inmates. Services from various denominations are held five nights a week. Attendance by inmates is voluntary. (http://www.goodnewsjail.org)

Recreation

In accordance with Florida Statues inmates are allowed outdoor recreation three hours a week (weather permitting).

Mail

Inmates may receive mail using the following address:

(Inmate's Name)
Okaloosa County Department of Corrections
1200 East James Lee Boulevard
Crestview, FL 32539

Inmate Account

Funds may be deposited in an inmates' account with money orders only. Money order must be payable to Okaloosa County Department of Corrections with the inmate's name written on the bottom. Money orders may be mailed to the facility at:

Okaloosa County Department of Corrections
1200 East James Lee Boulevard
Crestview, FL 32539

or dropped off in the safe located inside the main lobby.

Securus Inmate Phone System

Over the past few years, Securus has introduced new payment products and convenient funding options (points-of-sale) to make it easier than ever for Friends & Family members of inmates to accept calls and fund accounts. We continue this trend and are pleased to announce the addition of MoneyGram as a cash payment processor for retail transactions.

This partnership enables Friends & Family to visit any one of the 35,000 MoneyGram locations and add money to their AdvanceConnect account, pay their Direct Bill account, and deposit money into an Inmate Debit account. MoneyGram is located inside dozens of retailers including Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, and Albertsons.

Consumers will benefit from the added convenience and flexibility of depositing money into a Securus calling account where they are already shopping.

Follow the link to help friends and family members set up a money gram account:

Other Services

The following organizations may also provide services to inmates: mental health centers; substance abuse programs; county health departments; county school boards; ministerial associations; vocation rehabilitative services; and others.

Medical Services

Medical Services are provided by Corizon Health - http://www.corizonhealth.com

Food Services

Food Services are provided by ABL Management - http://www.ablmanagement.com

Paul A. Lawson
Chief Correctional Officer
1200 East James Lee Boulevard
Crestview, FL 32539
Phone: (850) 689-5690
Fax: (850) 689-5092
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