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How long after being sentenced to the Florida Department of Corrections does it take for an individual to be transferred from the Hardee County Detention Facility to the Florida Department of Corrections?

  • It can take up to 4-6 weeks and sometimes as little as in 1-2 weeks from the date of sentencing for an inmate to be transferred from the Detention Facility to the Florida Department of Corrections. 
  • Individuals sentenced to the Florida Department of Corrections cannot be transferred until all of the appropriate Commitment Forms are received from the Hardee County Courthouse, reviewed, processed and a date scheduled for transport.

Can an individual being transferred to the Florida Department of Corrections receive a Special Contact Visit by his or her family members prior to being transferred?

  • No, the Detention Facility does not conduct any type “Inmate Contact Visits.”

Can an individual incarcerated in the Detention Facility get married during their incarceration?

  • No, the Hardee County Detention Facility does not allow inmate marriages during incarceration.

Can an individual incarcerated in the Detention Facility be transported by a Detention Deputy or Furloughed by the Court to attend a funeral?

  • Yes, only under certain circumstances.
  • By Court Order or by the approval of the Detention Administrator.
  • It is recommended that you review the “Inmate Handbook” or contact the Detention Administrator in the event an inmate’s family member passes away.

Do individuals incarcerated in the Detention Facility have access to a telephone after the intake process?

  • Yes, each cell has a telephone that can be used by individuals in the cell from 7:00 am – 11:00 pm to make local or long distance calls by calling collect or by using a prepaid calling card from “Inmate Commissary”.

Are telephone calls placed by inmates in the Detention Facility recorded and reviewed by Detention Deputies and Law Enforcement Personnel?

  • Yes, all telephone calls and visitation calls are recorded and reviewed by Detention Deputies, and other Law Enforcement personnel.
    • Calls made to the Public Defenders Office are not recorded.

Are individuals incarcerated in the Detention Facility given books to read, card games or board games to use during their incarceration?

  • Yes, the Detention Facility has a fairly large Inmate “Soft Back Book” Library.
  • Inmates are afforded the opportunity to check out up to two (2) library books per week exchanging them as needed one for one utilizing an “Inmate Library Request Form”
  • The soft back books for the Inmate Library are purchased from the “Inmate Trust Fund” or donated by individuals from the community. 

Can an individual incarcerated in the Detention Facility be charged a daily fee for being incarcerated?

  • Yes, in accordance with Florida State Statute 951 the Detention Facility can charge inmates a “Daily Subsidence Fee”, when funds are present in their Commissary account in an attempt to recoup costs for the individual’s housing costs. 
  • The Detention Facility charges a “Daily Subsidence Fee” of $3.75 per day to those individuals with funds present in their “Commissary Account”.
    • Incarcerated individuals in the Detention Facility are also charged for there Medical Care, Prescriptions, Doctor Visits, and Medical Appointments in accordance with Florida State Statute 951.

Are individuals incarcerated in the Detention Facility given a towel or soap to use during their incarceration?

  • Yes, in accordance with the Florida Model Jail Standards and current Divisional Procedures.  Each Detention intake is issued; one (1) Towel, one (1) Washcloth, one (1) toothbrush, one (1) tube of toothpaste, one (1) bar of soap, one (1) roll of Toilet Tissue, two (2) flat Sheets, one (1) Blanket (Summer), two (2) Blankets (Winter), one (1) pair of shower slides, one (1) Inmate Handbook and an Inmate Uniform.
    • All of these items are exchanged or replaced by Detention Deputies several times per week on a scheduled basis.
    • Detention Deputies also supervise Sentenced Detention Facility Inmates in the Trusty Program exchange and launder Inmate Personal Clothing, Towels, Washcloths and Inmate Uniforms several times per week.