Montgomery Correctional Center

Montgomery Correctional Center

The Montgomery Correctional Center, previously known as the City Prison Farm, started in 1958, on a large, 640-acre (2.6 km2) tract in the northwestern part of Jacksonville, Florida.

In 1958, two large buildings were constructed for the prisoners, and a third building was constructed to accommodate facilities for canning many of the agricultural products to be raised on the broad and fertile land that surrounded the prison.

The prisoners farmed the land and grew their own vegetables, and raised pigs and cattle for meat and milk to be used in the Prison Farm operations.

By 1961, the inmate population consisted of misdemeanor offenders, which averaged approximately 200 males and 50 females. By the end of 1962, the City Prison Farm was a self-supporting facility, where they performed tasks such as agriculture, canning, freezing, meat curing, laundry and sewing.

With the consolidation of the city of Jacksonville in 1968, the City Prison Farm was renamed as the Jacksonville Correctional Institution. As Jacksonville was becoming the largest city in the United States, in terms of land area, it encompassed the prison unit.

In dedication to Director James I. Montgomery, in 1986, the Jacksonville Correctional Institution was renamed the Montgomery Correctional Center.

With the ever-growing inmate population of Jacksonville, Florida, the prison had to expand its facilities. In 1976, the "B" Wing was constructed to add to the men's unit. In 1985, the "D" Wing was added to the women's division which was known as the "C" Wing. The North Unit was constructed in 1989, to replace the original "A" and "B" wings. In 1994, the original "A" and "B" wings were closed down. During 1999, the "B" Wing was renovated to become the new housing unit for the female population, and the original "C" Wing was demolished. Of the C/D wings, the remaining "D" Wing was renovated in 2002, and became the male annex, supporting the North Unit in housing male inmates since 1994.

Located on the north side of Jacksonville, Florida, Montgomery Correctional Center currently consists of two compounds: the North Unit is designed for the sentenced male inmates, with a capacity of 440 prisoners; the South Unit ("B" Wing) is designed for the sentenced or unsentenced female inmates, with a capacity of 160 prisoners. In addition, an Annex ("D" Wing) houses an additional 48 prisoners, with a total population of 648 for the center.

The Montgomery Correctional Center provides care, custody and control of the sentenced prisoners, while utilizing prisoner labor which has supported the general good of the citizenry of the city by providing selected work programs throughout the city.

On a daily basis, nearly two hundred men and women prisoners work on the supervised prisoner work crews which work in many troublesome areas such as: where illegal dumping occurs; deteriorating neighborhoods and in special areas where citizens have requested assistance. The Federal, state and local government agencies have also utilized the prisoner work crews throughout Duval County, Florida, to help defray their operating costs. Prisoners who are not able to work on the work crews are required to either participate in treatment or educational programs, unless they are certified sick by a member of the medical staff.

Read more about Montgomery Correctional Center:  Prison Services

Other articles related to "montgomery correctional center, center":

Montgomery Correctional Center - Prison Services
... Montgomery Correctional Center's services include various sections, known by the titles Classification Unit, Maintenance Unit, Prison Industries, Food Service, Laundry and Sanitation ... buildings which accommodate the non-contact visitation center ... provider, which provides all aspects of the medical services for the prisoners at Montgomery Correctional Center, including mental health and dental services ...

Famous quotes containing the words center and/or montgomery:

    New York is what Paris was in the twenties ... the center of the art world. And we want to be in the center. It’s the greatest place on earth.... I’ve got a lot of friends here and I even brought my own cash.
    John Lennon (1940–1980)

    The fates are not quite obdurate;
    They have a grim, sardonic way
    Of granting them who supplicate
    The thing they wanted yesterday.
    —Roselle Mercier Montgomery (1874–1933)