Florida Women's Reception Center

Coordinates: 29°18′35″N 82°11′11″W / 29.309767°N 82.186403°W / 29.309767; -82.186403
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Florida Women's Reception Center
Location3700 NW 111th Place
Ocala, Florida
Security classmixed
Managed byFlorida Department of Corrections

The Florida Women's Reception Center (FWRC) is a state prison for women located in Ocala, Marion County, Florida, owned and operated by the Florida Department of Corrections.[1]

This facility has multiple missions for Florida state female inmates: "reception, in-patient mental health, faith, and character based (programs) and general population." It has a maximum capacity of 1345 inmates at a mix of security levels, including minimum, medium, and close.

Prior to August 2013, it was known as the "Lowell Reception Center", reflecting its relationship with the nearby Lowell Correctional Institution, which is the largest single women's prison in the U.S.[2] The facility is also adjacent to Florida's Marion Correctional Institution, a men's facility.

FWRC has come under criticism for the quality of its medical care. Following an audit in September 2015, an oversight board declared a "medical emergency" at the facility, citing at least three individual inmates with untreated life-threatening medical conditions, poor recordkeeping, and other serious deficiencies on the part of the DOC and its medical provider, Corizon.[3]

Notable Inmates[edit]

  • Rachel Wade – Found guilty of murder in the second degree in the murder of Sarah Ludemann.
  • Denise Williams – Found guilty of orchestrating the murder of her husband Jerry Michael Williams.
  • Marissa Mowry – Found guilty of raping and getting pregnant by an 11 year old boy she was babysitting, now moved to the Lowell Correctional Institution[4][5]


  1. ^ "Florida Women's Reception Center". Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  2. ^ "DOC: Name change for Lowell Reception Center". Ocala (FL) Star Banner. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  3. ^ Aboraya, Abe (5 November 2015). "Emergency Situation Declared At Florida Women's Reception Center". WGCU NPR. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Inmate Population Information Detail".
  5. ^ "Shades of Mary Kay: Nanny Marissa Mowry Sentenced to 20 Years for Abusing Boy, 11". 19 October 2019.

29°18′35″N 82°11′11″W / 29.309767°N 82.186403°W / 29.309767; -82.186403