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Blackwater River Correctional Facility

5914 Jeff Ates Road
Milton, FL 32583
Phone: (850) 983-4100
Fax: (850)983-4099
Capacity: 2,000
Client: Florida Department of Management Services
Accreditations: American Correctional Association (ACA)

BACKGROUND: On July 11, 2008, the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) issued a competitive procurement for the design, construction, and operation of a new correctional facility to house medium and close-custody offenders. The Florida DMS announced its intent to award the contract to The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) on October 21, 2008. Site development and construction began November 1, 2008 and was completed during the summer of 2010. Inmate intake began October 5, 2010.


SCOPE OF WORK: GEO provides secure care, custody and control for medium and close custody male inmates. The facility provides academic and vocational programs as well as medical care, substance abuse programs, counseling and life skills training opportunities.


FACILITY DESCRIPTION: This facility consists of approximately 400,000 square feet which provides sufficient space to service the intended population. The design includes cell and dormitory housing, segregation, administration, programming space and support services. The facility is designed in a campus layout. Each housing building incorporates therapeutic living communities with medical, multipurpose, group and individual counseling rooms and recreation areas. The Blackwater River Correctional Facility was designed and constructed to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements. The facility achieved Gold Certification from the Council in recognition of its sustainable design.


ACCREDITATION: The facility achieved initial accreditation through the American Correctional Association in 2012 with a score of 100%.

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