Road Prison working dogs

Tilapia Tank at the Road Prison

Mission Statement

The Escambia County Road Prison is a work camp that prepares inmates for re-entry into society by offering a structured work environment, while teaching accountability and life management skills. The facility models a healthy, well-organized environment that encourages inmates to contribute to their community by providing part of the manual labor workforce for the Road Department, Fleet Maintenance, Solid Waste, Parks and Recreation, Animal Shelter and Facilities Maintenance. Under the supervision of Road Corrections Officers, these work crews perform various tasks for the county, such as clearing rights of way, grounds maintenance, drainage projects and other aspects of road and stormwater maintenance. In an effort to minimize food expenditures and work toward self-sufficiency, the department also uses and trains inmates in farming, hydroponics and aquaculture programs.

FY 2017-2018 Accomplishments

  • Through a partnership with George Stone Technical Center, 47 inmates were enrolled in the welding training program. Of those enrolled, eight inmates were removed for various reasons, leaving 39 inmate participants. George Stone issued 66 Occupational Certificates of Participation for various disciplines of welding. Of the 39 inmates enrolled, 43 American Welding Society National Certifications were issued. These certifications are recognized throughout the United Sates.
  • Successfully implemented the ServSafe Food Handler training and certification program, issuing nine certifications.
  • Harvested more than 80,000 pounds of produce through the Farm Training Program to include greens, okra, cabbage, squash, cucumber, corn and tilapia.
  • Provided inmate programs such as GED, Test of Adult Basic Education, testing, life skills/parenting classes, 40 Days of Purpose, and Alcoholics Anonymous. Thirteen inmates received their GEDs.
  • Assisted the Road Department in completing more than 4,849 work orders and dispatched an estimated 63 after-hours call outs.
  • Assisted the Code Enforcement Department with the removal of 1,255 illegal dump sites and more than 563 tons of trash.
  • Assisted the Parks and Recreation Department with general maintenance and upkeep at over 100 park properties, which include neighborhood and regional parks, athletic parks, boat ramps, community center grounds and the Equestrian Center.
  • Assisted the parks crews on several in-house projects, including the layout and labor of the new walking track at Extension Services, upgrades and conversion of the Model Airplane Park, and upgrades and improvements at both Bellview Athletic Park and at Don Sutton Park in Molino. These types of in-house projects give the assigned inmates the opportunity to learn skill sets in a real time working environment.
  • The Road Prison K-9 Team competed in the 2018 Louisiana Department of Corrections Man-Hunt Trials, taking first place in the Single-Leash Division.
  • Hosted the Road Prison’s annual Southeastern States Manhunt Field Trials, which brought in 28 teams from Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida together for a week-long training event.
  • Successfully completed the 2018 Florida Model Jail Inspection and Florida Model Jail Medical Inspection.


Road Prison population 


Pounds of produce was harvested


Percent of the inmates enrolled in the welding program finished & became American Welding Society certified