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More than 2,100 Florida inmates evacuated ahead of Hurricane Dorian

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Posted at 3:18 AM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 03:26:10-04

(WPTV) — More than 2,000 Florida inmates have been evacuated in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian's possible affects on the state.

Several of Florida's corrections facilities have evacuated and relocated inmates before Hurricane Dorian's expected pass by the state this week.

In all, 2,195 inmates were moved to locations better able to weather the storm. Inmates were evacuated from:

  • Atlantic Community Release Center
  • Bradenton Bridge
  • Bridges of Cocoa
  • Bridges of Jacksonville
  • Bridges of Orlando
  • Bridges of Santa Fe
  • Fort Pierce Community Release Center
  • Jacksonville Bridge
  • Kissimmee Community Release Center
  • Largo Road Prison
  • Loxahatchee Road Prison
  • Martin Work Camp
  • Orlando Bridge
  • Orlando Community Release Center
  • Reentry Center of Ocala
  • The Transition House of Dinsmore
  • The Transition House of Kissimmee
  • West Palm Beach Community Release Center

Florida Department of Corrections adds that they have ample supplies at the facilities now housing a larger population.

Corrections officers and staff will work throughout the storm as well, the agency says. Staff from areas that are not being impacted will be sent to provide additional support.

The agency also said it has order more generators and is evaluating food supplies at facilities daily.

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The last time the state was forced to evacuate thousands of inmates was in 2018, when Hurricane Michael moved through the panhandle.

More than 4,00 inmates from three facilities were evacuated last year, though only after the storm levied significant damages to roofing and security infrastructure at those facilities.