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Encyclopedia > Raiford Prison

Florida State Prison (FSP), also known as Starke Prison (because of its proximity to Starke, Florida) or Raiford Prison, is a correctional facility located in Raiford, Florida in Bradford County. The institution opened in 1961, even though construction was not completed until 1968. Today, the prison serves as a maximum security facility, housing Florida's most dangerous inmates. Currently housing over 1,400 inmates, FSP is one of the largest prisons in the state. Both death row and the state's execution chamber are located at the penitentiary. Starke is a city located in Bradford County, Florida. ... A prison is a place in which people are confined and deprived of a range of liberties. ... Raiford is a town located in Union County, Florida. ... Bradford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Death Row is a term used in some countries, including the United States, which refers to the section of a prison that houses individuals awaiting execution. ... . The execution chamber at Florida State Prison An execution chamber, or death chamber, is a room in which a legal execution is carried out. ...

FSP sits in the center of several other prisons. It is surrounded by New River East and West Correctional Facility, the "O" Unit, which is FSP's work camp, and sits across a creek from Union Correctional Institute, another maximum security institution which also houses the worst of the worst and death row inmates. There is also a juvenile facility nearby. FSP is Florida's only prison, with the other institutions being "Correctional Facilities". It is also the only totally indoor institution. No inmate has to leave the indoor facility for any reason. While some work outside on the grounds or at Pride Industries garment factory, no required services are located outside the main building.

Famous Inmates

Theodore Robert Ted Bundy (November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was one of the most notorious murderers in U.S. history. ... Rev. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Danny Rollings mug shot. ...


Lynyrd Skynyrd's song "Four Walls of Raiford" tells the story of a convict who escapes from the Florida State Prison. Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced lĕh-nérd skin-nérd) is a U.S. Southern rock band, described by All Music Guides Stephen Thomas Erlewine as the definitive Southern rock band, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a rebellious, Southern image and a hard rock swagger. ...

External links

  • Florida Department of Corrections page about Florida State Prison



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