Northwest Florida Reception Center

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Northwest Florida Reception Center
Location4455 Sam Mitchell Drive
Chipley, Florida
Capacity1303 + 1415 = 2718
Managed byFlorida Department of Corrections

Northwest Florida Reception Center is a state prison for men located in Chipley, Washington County, Florida, owned and operated by the Florida Department of Corrections.[1] The facility was originally known as the "Washington Correctional Institution." NWFRC opened in 1994 with a mix of security levels and a capacity of 1303.

The adjacent Northwest Florida Reception Center Annex opened in 2008, and houses another 1415 inmates at the same security levels.[2]

NWFRC was described in press reports as "one of the state’s most notoriously violent prisons" as six correctional officers were arrested and charged with felony abuse against prisoners in September 2014.[3]


  1. ^ "Northwest Florida Reception Center". Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Northwest Florida Reception Center Annex". Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  3. ^ Brown, Julie K. (21 March 2015). "Culture of brutality reigned at state prison in Florida Panhandle". Miami Herald. Retrieved 13 August 2016.

Coordinates: 30°31′14″N 85°39′31″W / 30.520651°N 85.658748°W / 30.520651; -85.658748