Florence Prison Information

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Front Gate View of Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence, AZ
Front Gate View of Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence, AZ

Directions to get to Florence Prison

1305 E Butte Ave
Florence, AZ 85132

Main Telephone: (520) 868-4011
Main Fax: (520) 868-5333

Getting to Florence Prison from Phoenix is not difficult. To start, take the Interstate I-10 East to the Coolidge and Florence exit. Next follow the signs off of the exit ramp East to the Coolidge/Florence area. Then you turn right on Highway 87 and go past the Coolidge turn off, keeping East until reaching the Florence area. At the “Y” intersection you turn left. On Butte Avenue, turn right at the first light. You cross Pinal Parkway (Highway 79), staying on Butte Avenue. The Main Entrance is about 1/4 of a mile ahead on a right turn.

To get to the East Unit parking, keep on Butte Avenue going another half a mile past the main entrance. To reach the South Unit parking, you go right onto Pinal Parkway, and keep on for about 1/4 mile to make a left hand turn into the institutional parking area.



Visitation Information / Contact Information

In order to visit an inmate in Florence Prison, an application for each adult/child must be submitted. In order for approval, all visitors must pass a NCIC/ACIC background check before visiting. Florence Prison request to allow up to 60 days for application processing.  To read all of the policies for Visiting an inmate at the Florence Prison, click to follow this link.

The Visitor Rules and Procedures document lists the following:

  • Visitation Application Rules
  • Central Unit Maximum Visitation Procedures
  • Central Max Step Level (CB1) and (CB2) Behavioral Health Visits
  • Searches of Visitors for Contraband
  • Dress Codes for Females – 8 years of age to adult
  • Dress Codes for Males – 8 years of age to adult
  • List of Items allowed to bring
  • Visitor Suspensions


Available Education, Treatment and Work Programs at Florence Prison

Florence Prison offers many self-betterment opportunities for the benefit of its prison inmate population. In the realm of education, they start with Adult Basic Education (ABE) to help inmates work towards a GED of high school diploma equivalency. For those inmates who already have this, they offer a more advanced Career Technical Education track. CTE classes cover such areas of specialty as carpentry, welding, Horticulture, HVAC, Auto Mechanic and Auto Body Shop, and Upholstery. These classes are jointly provided along with the regional Central Arizona College.

Florence Prison also offers correspondence courses with at least three regional colleges and universities (including Rio Salado) to provide greater opportunities for individuals who are incarcerated here. They maintain a full staff of 14 teachers on site, two of whom are trained in special education. There is also a testing coordinator on site. The facility offers testing in Adult Basic Education and in State GED to help with appropriate academic placement and to encourage periodic attainment and personal growth. Every qualified inmate can be tested each 30-45 days.

The Florence Complex Education program partners with Arizona State University’s In-Side-Out Prison Exchange Program. This course offered by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice focuses on ASU students and Florence Prison inmates to meet once per week to discuss crime and justice together through dialogue and collaboration.

Central Unit offers the following self betterment programs:

  • Core Skills
  • Self Improvement Programs
  • Successful Living
  • Substance Abuse
  • Self Control
  • Social Values
  • Feelings
  • Peer Relationships
  • Employment Skills
  • Responsible Thinking

East Unit offers these programs to its inmates:

  • Merging Two Worlds
  • Self Improvement Programs
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Employment Skills
  • Transition Skills
  • Money Management
  • Responsible Thinking
  • Skills for Successful Living
  • Toastmaster
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Inside Out Dad Workshop
  • Book in a Month
  • Abused Boys, Wounded Men
  • Financial Management
  • Freedom From Drugs
  • Parenting Alumni
  • Inside Out Prison Exchange
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Self Control

The Florence Prison boasts an impressive array of work program opportunities for its incarcerated inmates. These start with Arizona Correctional Industries. They have warehouse packing, packaging, ACI Ranch Irrigation, Ranch Tractor driver positions, Wild Horse Crew, Fish Farm, and Wild Horse BLM as examples.

How Criminal Defense Attorneys can Help

Appeals and Arizona Rule 32 motions are handled according to a certain set of legal procedures by the court system. A defendant has the right to appeal any verdict issued in criminal court. When defendants plead not guilty and still get convicted, the court will advise the defendant of his or her right to appeal this conviction.

Defendants can appeal their sentence independently of their official pleas. The court has to advise the defendant of his or her right to appeal the particularly issued sentence as well. For those defendants who can not afford to pay the appeal costs, the court will advise the defendant of the rights to get the appeal costs waived. This permission is appealed for in forma pauperis. When the defendant requests it, the clerk is required to immediately prepare and file the notice of appeals on the behalf of the defendant.

The judgment of conviction requires the court to set forth the defendant’s plea along with the jury verdict and/or the findings of the court, the sentence, and the adjudication. When the defendant is found not guilty or is discharged, the court is required to order this effective immediately. The judge has to sign the judgment so that the clerk can enter it into the official record.

How Attorneys Can Help With Rule 32 Proceedings

An experienced attorney can diligently go back over a closed out criminal court case to find any mistakes or holes in the case made by the prosecution. They will provide both honest and practical legal advice on whether or not the conviction stands a chance of getting overturned or if the sentence can at least potentially be reduced. They will go through the following important checklist, carefully examining the various answers for important clues as to a plan of legal attack:

  • Was the evidence in your case admitted improperly?
  • Did the prosecutors fail to provide you with the promised fair trial?
  • Did the police admit to offering any improper statements in your case?
  • Was your defense attorney competent in your defense?
  • Did the jury correctly receive instructions in the initial trial?
  • Did the trial court make any mistakes in the plea agreement or the trial itself?
  • Was your proffered punishment unfairly hard?

Appellate courts are quite different from trial courts. The judges on these benches closely look for highly sophisticated arguments that specifically address complicated legal theories as well as subtle mistakes that could have been made in the initial trial and which might have made a material difference in the overall jury verdict or final sentencing. The attorney you engage must be up to handling such demands in the natural course of the appeal, which works according to a tight schedule and highly specific time frame.

For more information on Appeals, Rule 32, Sentence Modifications or even Post Conviction Relief (PCR) call and speak with our attorneys at 602-307-0808. Our attorneys will work around the clock to help find the best possible solution for you or a loved one.

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