Abandoned Broward Correctional Institution


This is the Abandoned Broward Correctional Institution. Otherwise known as the woman’s correctional institution of Broward County in Florida.

This place closed down in 2012 since then it sits there quietly slowly dying away.

Abandoned Broward Correctional Institution

I have been to many many many abandoned places but the abandoned Broward Correctional Institution one was special and the weirdest one I have ever been to. This place has running water and electricity, it does!!! I’m not even joking. As you make your way through the prison you can switch on the lights and hear the AC units on, it’s the weirdest thing and it takes creepiness to a whole different level.

We went into every cell block and every room in this place. In fact, we even played basketball in the yard, there was a volleyball fully inflated sitting there, so I started shooting some hoops. It was strange.

There is paperwork all over this place, love letters in some cells and all kinds of weird stuff that are still fully functional. I suppose the inmates got lucky because all their paperwork got lost behind. The abandoned Broward Correctional Institution is one of the eeriest places I have ever been to.

About the prison:

The Broward Correctional Institution (BCI) was a correctional facility located in the former Country Estates CDP and in Southwest Ranches, Florida, operated by the Florida Department of Corrections.

The facility was opened in 1977 to house a male inmate population. However, in its history, the prison has had only female inmates. It housed female death row inmates until February 2003 when the female death row was moved to Lowell Annex. The Broward Correctional Institution served as a reception center for female inmates. As of 2011, a staff of approximately 272 individuals serviced the facility. As of 2012 624 prisoners, all female were housed there. The facility was closed in 2012. The closure was scheduled for May 1 of that year. The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel said, “BCI was determined to have a relatively low population and a high per diem inmate cost of $111.48.” ($116.87 when adjusted for inflation)” Wikipedia

I shot lots of pics including some aerials. Scroll down to go throughout them, leave me a comment below I would love to hear your thoughts on this. If you served time here, please leave your story. This is a great place to connect with others.





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  • Pretty cool shots!! Keep up the great work! Keep me posted when you are going out to shoot! Would love to tag along!!!

    • Edin Chavez says:

      Thank you, I will post my next outing :)

    • Cathy says:

      Great pics brings back memories of a time long ago when I was young and dumb and hook on drugs I was sent to BCI great prison as far as prisons go Eventually transferred to lowell to finish my time so thanks for the memories, Cathy

  • scott says:

    creepy!!! is that place wide open now? anyone can just walk in there? it’s not managed, like a park or anything? it looked completely abandoned. I didn’t see any other people at all! kinda reminds me of going out exploring with my friends when we were kids…

    • Edin Chavez says:

      It is not wide open, there is a security guard at the gate, once you get passed that you have to worry about two massive fences to get through, but I managed so anyone with some wits should be ok…

  • sabin jose says:

    good shots :) very negative feel :)

    • Edin Chavez says:

      Thank you, it was weird in there.

      • Vanessa says:

        I was just looking at all your great photo’s of BCI ( Brwd. Corr. Inst. ) I was sentenced there in 1987 at 17 years old, first time ever in trouble, for not calling police on my husband. I came in pregnant, Spent months in H6 R & O and finally placed in the going home open dorm unit, when at 4:15 A.M. I went into labor, and had my son an hour and half later at 5:38 A.M. in 1988. Classification told me on Friday the 8th, that if I have my baby during the weekend, I would be released from the Hospital, BUT Sunday the 10th came, and 4 hours after I delivered, Before lunch was even started, They had me back at BCI. I ended up staying until the 14th (Thursday). I knew Friday was the last day classification would be opened until after weekend, I convinced them to let me sign a release form that I wouldn’t sue If any medical issues arose. Go figure, I spent 4 days over my sentence, BUT I got very lucky (sorta speaking), my son was kept for tests, and I left the prison drove straight to hospital with my mom and we ended up having to wait a few more hours for my son to be was released, ONLY a few hours AFTER I was…. He’s 28 years old now, and grown into such a successful, educated man with his own son…. I REALLY Want to THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH!!!
        To be able to see the place where I lived, while carrying my first child, was truly a flash back. The pictures brought such memory’s flooding back, I was in H6 R&O and they had 5 Death Row cells in there also, I was in with Judy (The Black Widow) and Andrea Jackson ( she killed a Officer, But I heard her sentenced was reduced off death row and now she will do life. They would have us in our cells, when they let them out twice a week, for showers and cleaning out their cells, they had T.V, and package permits, where they could have family send them items, like comforters, hair items, make up, they weren’t allowed matches, or cigarettes, but girls would sneak them under their cell door, and they would leave cool things in exchange. The food wasn’t to bad, BUT you would get tired of knowing that Tuesdays was fish & Grit day, we had weekend brunches, and were allowed radio boom boxes, blow dryers and even perfume. We could keep
        $ 5.00 and $ 1.00 bills. cash in our pockets and change for vending machines. I was the second youngest inmate at the time ever housed there, and In a way I felt happy go lucky, we giggled and played tricks on guards. Once on April Fools day, The other girls talked me into pretending I was going into labor, I was scared they give me a D/R ( discipline report = loss of gain time), But I did, and the Ltnt’s, came running, slipped and fell, OMG I started freaking out, But she had a feeling we were pranking them, I ended up giggling and blew it, I didn’t want them to call the ambulance and they laughed with us, because earlier they pranked us, by saying we all had the crabs in our cell block, BUT we really didn’t… Sorry This was so long, BUT I TRULY ENJOYED MY FLASH BACK!!!! I’m not sure if I am even commenting in the right area, But Thank You All The Same! You made finding photo’s of BCI after they closed easy… Great job… Now I only wonder If just anybody can go visit BCI Now??? What would you say to the guard to get in?

        • Cathy says:

          I was there as well same people were on death row I cant say I knew you but kara and her mother were there at the time did you know of them they killed the mothers father karas grandfather? You brought back memories for me sundays were great for brunch there not a bad prison at all if your young With not much time 😕

  • CeCe says:

    I served 20 years there. You have no idea of the horrors I witnessed in those seclusion rooms, or while in the death row unit, which was also Close Management. Too bad you weren’t able to see the confinement until……P-Dorm…..across from the basketball court. Too many bad memories. But…..you took good pictures. Do you have any more that you did not post?

    • Edin Chavez says:

      Hi CeCe, thank you for dropping in. Im sorry you had to go through that. it doesn’t look like a fun place to be. I do have lots more photos, I will release a second part soon.

    • Vanessa says:

      20 years, WOW…. What years? And yes I too am wondering if you have other pictures taken there, that you didn’t post here???

  • Sisie Fugate says:

    I spent many years in BCI , those are some very emotional pictures for me. Looking at them i felt a whole whirlpool of emotions, the bond that many of us shared due to the monstrous amount of pain that we all experienced daily, could never be explained or understood by anyone who hasn’t been through such an experience. These pictures are very moving I read in the comments some one said it had a very negative feel. It does. but thank you for capturing that, maybe someone can get just a minor ideal of what the average person goes through upon incarceration. could you send me any more pictures you have. Along with the painful memories, I also have some very good memories of friendships & people who will forever be a part of me.

    • Edin Chavez says:

      Sisie, thank you for sharing that, Im sorry you had o go through that. I will be posting other photos soon, for now feel free to come back as often as you would like.

  • Sulma Bautista says:

    Very emotional an stunning photos. My partner served 12 yrs. and I met her 4 yrs. before her release. Just looking at the photo of what use to be the chapel where I met her (12/04/04 ), brings it back home. And even dough I was not the one serving the time,I felt the wait, pain, suffering, and loneliness of each and every lady that was serving a sentence in there. I thank God is over for her, now it’s been 10 years we’ve known each other and 6 years we’ve been together and yes it hits home for both of us. Thank you for posting your photos, unforgettable memories that are kept in the heart and soul of those who serve the time and those who stood by them during such horrible time. I would look forward to seeing the other photos.

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  • Teresa says:

    I have memories here. Wow. It seemed like a lifetime ago. Someone saved me and moved me to a minimum custody facility. I didnt know it closed.

  • Liz W. says:

    I was a correctional officer there for 6 years, had no idea it closed down. Thank you for the pics, brought back a lot of memories good and bad.

  • Michael says:

    Hey dude do u know if there r still security guards? Me and my friends want to go explore this place because it seems pretty creepy. Also I heard it might be haunted do u know anything about that?

  • Johanna Cuevas says:

    I remember when I was sentenced at 19 to 10 yrs in Prison back in 99 I did my R & O there in F dorm and eventually throughout my constantly being shipped finally ended my sentence there to say that place was horrid is an understatement many girls died there many committed suicide and others murdered but no one to care so it is awesome to see that place finally shit down I lived in many different dorms there the last one was Delta on the other side of the compound. Many tragedies occured in that facility and I’m ever so grateful not to be there anymore…It was weird seeing this at first almost in a way depressing but I’m glad you did the video as an inmate I was never allowed to see certain areas as you must know inmates are kept on a tight leash anyhow great pics great work…

  • Gerri says:

    I had no idea BCI had closed and been abandoned. I started working there as a CO before it officially opened to inmates,in the summer of 1977, finishing the construction clean up, etc. I was sent to Raiford for training and returned to receive the first 37 inmates. Over the next two years we continued to receive inmates on a regular basis. We had one inmate get pregnant from a CO and I was the Officer that took her to outside OB/GYN appointments. Also the officer that took inmates being released to Hollywood Mall to buy their “free world ” clothes. Also an officer that walked Sonya Jacobs, at that time the only female death row inmate, for her hour outside solitary. Solitary then was simply a hospital safety cell converted for her. Given all that working in a prison involves I can say that many of the staff, officers and outside employees as well as supervisory individuals were decent people. Some were not. That is also true of the inmates. Many were in for situations that any one of us could have been caught up in. Never once did I feel disrespected or fearful in my job. It was something different every day. I am sorry to read in previous posts that in the end it was not run well. Prison can and should be a place for reform. Some of the women that were in made sure I was safe at all times and hope that those with life sentences are ok. Still remember many names and pray for their well being. Thanks for the extraordinary photos.

    • Edin Chavez says:

      Thank you for sharing your story Gerri. Im glad you were one of the good guys.

    • Amy says:

      I was there 81-83 at the age of 19. Remember Moskowitz, Huntsinger and many other officers that once they got to know me, treated me like if I was in the free world. With respect. I rememberSonja and met many good women that went home and never returned, like me. A time in my life I wish I could erase but not possible. Been a long time. Like you said, situations anyone can be caught in. Wow, these pictures took me back.

  • Dayna says:

    I spent 3 years there… thanks for taking the pictures! Flashback like whoa. I was there when they shut it down and they shipped us out like a 100 inmates at a time and I was on the last bus going out it was really weird to see all the officers watching the last bus go, their last day on the job. Interesting. I spent my last 6 months at Lowell.

  • RK says:

    Hey Edin,

    Do you think there is still security on sight? I’d like to explore the place with friends and perhaps take some pictures as well. Let me know please.

  • Jessie Brewer says:

    Wow great pictures I was incarcerated there from 2008 to 2009 I did my are no there R&O I also was lucky enough to get teamed out there and in the prison is a bad thing and you’re sad because you’re away from your family you have to try to make the best of something and learned a lesson I was there I started off in a lifers dorm bunks buy some money it was great you know a lot of them women are good people they just made really bad mistakes 2030 years ago and I can only imagine the pain that some of these lifers felt being that they’re only house for so many years and having to move I eventually move down to Charlie Dorm I’m finished out my time I went from inside grounds to outside grounds to do so and all this time some of the best officers I have ever met have worked there officers that treat inmates like they’re human but still has their guard up I met some really good friends which I’m still in touch with today and even the love of my life I still talk to her even though we are not together it wasn’t scary to me it actually hurts my heart to see that it had shut down because I know how many inmates in lifers loved that place as far as that was their home and to think that some of the officers were out of jobs that really made a difference in our lives no I have not been back in trouble since and don’t plan on it but that was my home for over a year and we tried to make the best of a bad situation and my heart goes out to everybody who lost their jobs inmates who have been there since the day that it opened people just don’t understand they are people that made mistakes and are paying her time and are going to die in there or a prison and they’re okay with it believe it or not the lifers are the most positive inspirational people that make you want to get out change your life and never go back to any Correctional Institution great memories there you know the inmates were the one who kept that prison going from the food to the laundry to the maintenance two grounds and mowing it was ran by us inmates the flowers that are in the beds were planted by an inmate that are no longer there although I’m talking like it was a very positive thing for me it was it was very life-changing there are also also some bad things I seen some very bad things people dying people committing suicide it’s a hard situation and when you break the law you have to pay your debt by going to jail or prison or whatever the situation is I just chose to take a really bad situation that I was in and try to turn it into a positive thing and learn from it maybe make some friends maybe be able to say some things to change their lives thank you for taking these pictures lot of memories

  • Suzanne says:

    I read your article and was intrigued by your comment regarding cleaning it up and living there. Really??? Been there, done that, and you do not want to live in that place even with the freedom to come and go at will. I would only go back for two reasons. To be able to go into the Chapel again, and to see if a tree we were permitted to plant in a friend’s memory is still there. I left there 28 yrs ago and have never looked back. BCI is where I began my relationship with Jesus, became a part of a strong Christian community of which I am a part of to this day, and where I started my ongoing journey of remaining free of my drug addiction. This place needs to demolished and replaced with something beautiful and positive.

  • Cary says:

    Wow i got sentence there at 15 for a fighting gone wrong back in 1999 n was release 2002 that place was so scary AS a teen they had me alone so the women won’t mess with me in p dorm across the Basketball field that place is horrible today 2/8/17 my brother Text me a photo of the Form i WAZ in and im like what the hell ur doing there he like tearing the building down for the New contractor i didn’t even know that place close its the worst place ever very glad they close and nice photo shoot

  • Jy says:

    I just went today and man it was all messed up the only thing you can think up is what happened in there and who was in that prison

  • Anna says:

    Hey, I was there in 87 also

  • Anna says:

    Wow,those pictures, brought back memories, I can honestly say because of being at BACK, my life changed for the better. And, yes there were bad times, but there were many good times and good women there. I remember Ms. Clark at the rec, all the dances, I was there with the death row inmates and they were always so nice. I wonder where Ms. Villacorda is now, and that lady seargent. A long time ago, yet I still remember my inmate number.

  • Gerri says:

    Anna, were you there in the late 70’s? Ken Sorenson was Superintendent? Marta Villacorta was there as education. Sgt may have been Barb Primeau.

  • Vincent says:

    Attempted to visit BCI today and was unfortunately met with a large leveled area. All that was left was some piles of rubble and some of the buildings foundations.

    • edin chavez says:

      Thats crazy that its gone, I wanted to go back and do an update on it… Im glad I went and experienced it while it was there and while it was really intact.

  • Neil says:

    I worked there for some 6 years in CSU and TCU….working as a HSC3 ..programs counselor … pictures are astounding all these years ago… too bad it is has been reduced to rubble recently,,..thank you for the photos ,,lots and lots of memories,,

  • Brenda says:

    so many memories, was there from july82 to oct 85.n
    Never in trouble til than what an experience. Met many amazing women and seeing your pictures just brings me some kind of closure. A lifetime ago but it never leaves you

  • Cathy Tindall says:

    Hey all! Today after 33years I returned to BCI and it’s gone! They are building on the land. I had a 110 month stretch there from 83-84….I was the first woman in the State of Florida to violate Community Control. I met a lot of great women and a lot who belonged there. The chapter is now closed!

  • Cathy says:

    No one has to worry about seeing BCI ever again. It’s gone they are building a distribution center. I took a ride there and to check it out. I spent 82-83 there. A memory that today seems like a bad dream. That was so long ago. It was a weird feeling! We rode around that damn circle. I’ll never forget being outside and watching a small plane crash. Another chapter closed.

  • Sarah Rentschler quick says:

    639759D was my number I was a five time resident of B.C.I. and boy do I have stories. Could make millions on a book. From dating correctional officer in and out of custody to being framed with drugs, having first child there, I being first cousin to Shirley Quick who was on death row, and more. Last time in was 1987. I will leave my comment ending now to see if this website is still active. God Bless us all.

  • Muggs says:

    Wow…I was looking to get copies of my release papers from 1980! And Came across This! I’m applying for my citizenship and need records. OMG…This is crazy and very interesting..I didn’t know it was torn down…WOW! I did 18 MONTHS for something so stupid! Shoplifting and violation of probation…a slap on the hand nowadays I’m sure. I was 22 and on the wrong track of life..to this day in glad I went there..straightened me right up! YES I saw some stuff…not bad but interesting…from a female prison guard having an affair with an inmate to a prison movie being filmed about an inmate getting pregnant by a prison guard…Bo Bridges was the leading man…HAHA…Cant remember the woman movie stars name… Sonya was the Death Row woman…there were women that killed their husbands for many reasons…women that killed their babies….one monster cut her babies heels off so they wouldn’t walk… Her name was Hamburger!! Lovers got jealous…some got married in there…secretly of course…haha…the only fights I witnessed were over jealousy… The place woke me up at my young age….Thanks for the memories…but I still need to keep searching for my records!! I need to become an American where at least I know I’m free!!!!

  • Crystal L Mullens says:

    I spent 14 months there in 2000. I have a very different kind of story. I went to prison for drugs and was put into the modality II program. I thank god every day for that. I can honestly say it scared me straight. Since i left there i never touched drugs again. That place saved my life. So when i look at those pictures i see the place that gave me a second chance. Thank you for your pictures