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State of Florida Private Prison Siting Criteria


The private prison industry is not regulated by Florida state law and subject to statues put into place like the Florida Correctional Reform Act of 1983 by FL State, Dept of Corrections.

The Florida Correctional Reform Act of 1983 states:

The Act required the DOC to conduct a statewide comprehensive study to determine its needs for all types of correctional facilities and to develop, in consultation with local governments, siting criteria for the facilities.

The siting criteria developed include:

1. The site should be compatible with existing local comprehensive plans.
2. No more than 1,000 people should live within a two-mile radius of the center of the site.
3. The site should be two miles or more from present or future public or private schools.
4. The site should have a buffer of at least a half mile between the fenced compound and other land uses.
5. The site should be within 15 miles or 30 minutes driving time of the community where staff will live.
6. The development of the site should not impact upon certain natural, historical, and environmental features.

To prevent private prisons from being built near schools and people's homes.

Join us in pushing our government to ensure that the people are protected from the Private Prison industry.  We should not have to live in fear that a private prison would pop up in our backyards and we are helpless to stop it.  We need to protect our children from being in such a close proximity to prisons and keep private prisons out of our neighborhoods.

CCA is attempting to put one of the largest detention centers in the nation near our homes and schools and we need your help to stop them!  Join us at


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