Located in Southwest Ranches, Broward Correctional Institution was opened in 1977 to house a male inmate population, but was converted to a maximum security facility for women. Female death row inmates were housed here until February 2003 when the female death row was moved to Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala.
One of the more notorious inmates housed here was Judi “Black Widow” Buenoano, who was convicted for the murders of her husband and paralyzed son, as well as the attempted murder of her fiance. Another was serial killer Aileen Wuornos who killed seven men throughout the state of Florida while working as a prostitute. The 2003 movie “Monster” chronicles her life’s story from childhood to her first murder conviction.
In 2012, Broward Correctional Institution was shutdown along with seven other facilities as a way to cut costs due to a decline in crime and prison admissions.
The property was put up for sale and the land is meant for industrial use, which means it could be used by a developer for anything from another prison to a junkyard to a manufacturing plants. Because of the close proximity to Pembroke Pines and houses there, the city of Pembroke Pines bought the property so they have better control of what would be replacing the old prison.