The Hendry County Correctional Institute, just a few short miles to the east of Immokalee across the Hendry County line, is closing.
The Florida Department of Corrections announced its prison consolidation plan today, which will save $30.8 million annually and result in $25 million in further cost avoidance for Florida taxpayers. The Hendry County Prison is to be eliminated.
The facility, established in 1977, houses adult male inmates in four of the five supervision grades, from community to close, according to the Department of Corrections website (prisoners under maximum security, intended for death row inmates, are not held in Hendry C.I.) The prison converted to a youthful offender facility in 1999 before closing and then reopening to again house male inmates. Hendry C.I. has a capacity of 1,091 inmates but currently holds 791. It has a staff of 323.