- Department Name
- Michigan Department of Correction
- Official Website
- Currently Incarcerated Inmates
- 206 East Michigan Avenue Grandview Plaza PO Box 30003 Lansing MI 48909
- Phone Number
- (517) 335-1426
Types of Correctional Facilities in Michigan
Those who are serving a sentence in Michigan state prisons are overseen by the Michigan Department of Correction (DOC). Their centralized inmate database allows you to find inmates in all prisons throughout Michigan, easily.
However, if a loved one is not serving time in a state prison, you will have to visit the website for the county jail, police jail, or city jail.
Keep reading below to find out how to lookup an inmate and find the information you need to support them through this tough time.
Michigan DOC Mission and Vision
The trained professionals working for the Michigan Department of Corrections strives to make Michigan safer by holding offenders accountable while promoting their success.
Their vision isn’t just to get the offenders off the street, but to transform and rehabilitate them in to being law-abiding citizens in the community.
How to Speak to an Inmate
Inmates cannot receive phone calls, and you will have to wait for them to call you. This can be stressful if there is information you need to get to an inmate.
To sign up for a prepaid calling account for those with cell phones, you can call PCS at 855-466-2832 or visit their website.
The Michigan DOC will allow you to send inbound electronic messages to offenders. You must establish an account to do this with Jpay.
How to Search for an Inmate
There are many reasons you may need to search for an inmate, but the most common is to find out the facility they are in so that you can get money, messages, and mail to them.
From the DOC homepage, you will look on the left-hand side of the page and click on the 7th button down which says, “Offender Search.” From there, you will be redirected to the offender information tracking system.
From there, you will scroll to the bottom of the page and click complete a search. You must agree to the terms and conditions. You will need to know the offender’s MDOC number, or the following information:
- Last name
- First name
- Offender status
- Possible marks or scars
Be sure to write all the information down including the facility where they are located, so you can refer to this information later.
Visiting an Offender
Visiting a loved one is completely up to the offender. The prisoner must complete a visitor list and identify immediate family members. The list can only contain 10 potential visitors.
Once those people are placed on the offender’s visitor list, the visitor must complete a Visiting Application. No visits will be allowed without this approval.
Sometimes, visits will be put on hold due to sickness or safety concerns. You can choose to be notified of these times.
Go to the prison directory and choose the page for the correctional facility and register via the Nixle Widget. Or, you can text the zip code of the facility to 888777 to receive updates.
The Michigan Department of Corrections mission is to keep everyone safe. Therefore, all procedures and rules will need to be followed. Please keep in mind this is not to punish anyone, but to keep workers, inmates, and visitors safe.
Correctional Facilities in MichiganThere are 511 jails and prisons in state Michigan
Ypsilanti City Jail
1200 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197
Yale City Jail
111 West Mechanic Street, Yale, MI, 48097
Wyandotte City Jail
2015 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte, MI, 48192
Woodhaven City Jail
21869 West Road, Woodhaven, MI, 48183
Wixom City Jail
49045 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI, 48393
Whitmore Lake City Jail
8350 Main Street, Whitmore Lake, MI, 48189
White Cloud City Jail
12 North Charles M-37, White Cloud, MI, 49349
White Pigeon City Jail
118 South Kalamazoo Street, White Pigeon, MI, 49009
West Bloomfield City Jail
4530 Walnut Lake Road PO Box 250188, West Bloomfield, MI, 48325
Weidman City Jail
3550 North Rolland Road, Weidman, MI, 48893
Wayne City Jail
33701 East Michigan Avenue, Wayne, MI, 48184
Watersmeet City Jail
23924 Pow Wow Trail, Watersmeet, MI, 49969
Watervliet City Jail
158 West Pleasant Street, Watervliet, MI, 49098
Warren City Jail
29900 Civic Center Boulevard, Warren, MI, 48093
Walkerville City Jail
121 South East Street, Walkerville, MI, 49459
Walled Lake City Jail
1499 East West Maple Road, Walled Lake, MI, 48390
Vassar City Jail
287 East Huron Avenue, Vassar, MI, 48768
Van Buren Township City Jail
46425 Tyler Road, Van Buren Township, MI, 48111
Utica City Jail
7550 Auburn Road, Utica, MI, 48317
Ubly City Jail
2272 Bingham Street, Ubly, MI, 48475