Arizona State Prison - Complex Florence
ASPC-Florence is one of 10 prison complexes in the Arizona Department of Corrections system. The inmates housed here number 4200 and are minimum through maximum custody classifications.
Built by inmates in 1908 to replace the old Territorial Prison in Yuma, the Arizona State Prison Complex-Florence was actually designed to follow a mission-revival style rather than look like the generic gray boxes people tend to imagine when they hear "prison." Inmates lived in tents scattered about the desert during the time it was under construction.
Programs to enhance and prepare the inmate for release and a better life include GED, Mandatory Literacy, Parenting Skills, AA, Conflict Resolution, and Re-Entry Classes are provided and facilitated by multiple groups including faith based volunteers, state staff and others. Vocation education programs including HVAC, Constructions Trades and Welding are offered through a partnership with Central Arizona College. Inmates work in a variety of jobs, inside the units and out in various municipalities, local school districts and through partnerships with Arizona Correctional Industries. These work programs save state agencies, towns, cities and schools over a million dollars a year in wages.