Michigan Department of Corrections

  • Agency: Michigan Department of Corrections
  • Address: 206 E. Michigan Ave, Grandview Plaza, Lansing, 48909 MI
  • Chief:
Phone: (517) 335-1426

Michigan Department of Corrections is located at 206 E. Michigan Ave, Grandview Plaza, Lansing, 48909 MI. The Michigan Department of Corrections phone number is (517) 335-1426.

Michigan Department of Corrections News

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Lt. Governor Brian Calley is focused on prevention and finding solutions to the opioid epidemic. "There are a lot of different reasons why people become addicted. You don't know another persons story, and it doesn't really matter." Lt. Gov. Calley wants Michigan to focus less on the stigma of addiction and more on providing treatment. Hear more about what the state of Michigan is doing to end addiction in this episode of Field Days Podcast. bit.ly/Mi-Opioids-Awareness-podcast October 21-27, 2018, has been declared by Gov. Rick Snyder as Opioid Addiction Awareness Week in Michigan to highlight some the state's initiatives and resources. #MiOpioidsAwareness #EndAddiction

There were 2,279 overdose deaths in Michigan in 2017, 1,941 were opioid-related. That’s why Gov. Rick Snyder declared Oct. 21-27, 2018, Opioid Addiction Awareness Week in Michigan – to bring awareness about this public health crisis and highlight the state’s efforts to combat it. bit.ly/2AnODvc #MIOpioidsAwareness #EndAddiction

🎶PODCAST ALERT🚨🚨 Teresa Chandler, a training specialist, talks about how establishing Motivational Interviewing skills can lead to positive relationships and reduced stress at work, and even at home. Motivational Interviewing is a method of communication that helps people move beyond resistance to achieve long-term behavior change. In her final days, Anna Heaton, former press secretary, shares stories of what it was like to work for the Governor.

TODAY Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, you’ll get a test emergency alert message on your phone at 2:18 PM EDT. This nationwide test is to ensure that during a major national emergency affecting public safety, it will be possible to alert people quickly. FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will be evaluating the readiness of the emergency alert infrastructure to see if improvements are needed. For more information, please visit fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

We're a national leader in vocational training for offenders, providing them opportunities for long-term employment. Employers hiring #VocationalVillage graduates agree they are ready to work hard! #GoingPROinMI #MIMfgWeek

Happy first day of Fall! Cider and donuts, and s'mores, oh my! Photo credit: Ray Closson, corrections officer at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson, MI

Human Resources Director Jonathan Patterson provides an update on the bumping and layoff process for MDOC staff affected by the Ojibway Correctional Facility Closure. Also in this podcast, a brief memorial to remember Macomb County probation supervisor Larry McDonald, who unexpectedly passed away. Larry spoke on the podcast after he won Metro Territory Supervisor of the Year in 2017.

Tune in to this week's abbreviated episode of Field Days Podcast where hosts, Chris and Greg review topics from FOIA to football. Listen to the episode here 👉 bit.ly/Sept-4-POD Parole and probation agent Marty Jankowsky from Midland County, and prison counselor Hamilton from Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility receive shout outs!

We thank and honor the hardworking men and women that drive this country forward. Happy #LaborDay! 🇺🇸

The One Day With God camp, run by Forgiven Ministry, Inc., aims to provide prisoners with an opportunity to parent from behind bars. Listen to the episode here: bit.ly/One-Day-With-God-MDOC The camp Is a two-day program, which allows these moms and dads to enjoy a full day of special and meaningful moments with their children. Scottie Barnes, who founded Forgiven Ministry with her husband Jack, shares her stories about the children she hopes will not fall into the cycle of criminality their parents did.

Sugar was rescued from a puppy mill, where she had been for over 10 years. When rescued, she was malnourished and had a litter of seven puppies. Alger Correctional Facility received four puppies and Newberry Correctional Facility received three puppies! Sugar, needing numerous health procedures, remained at the shelter that rescued her. To help pay for her procedures, inmates at Alger Correctional Facility donated their own money for a total of $353 donated! The puppies are healthy and energetic, and Sugar is doing great!

Last week we announced the decision to close Ojibway Correctional Facility. The 2019 fiscal year state budget included a more than $19 million reduction in our spending through an additional prison closure, as the state’s prisoner population has continued to decline. Since the decision to close Ojibway was announced, misinformation has circulated about the facility and the selection process. The information at the site below aims to dispel some common myths. bit.ly/OCFclosuremyths

Robert Carter, Commissioner for Indiana Department of Correction, joined administrator Kaminski and Warden Burton for a tour through the Vocational Village at Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility during a meeting focused on offender success. Thanks for visiting, Commissioner Carter!

Staff from Kalamazoo County Probation and Parole spent a day in Parchment, traveling door-to-door to give residents instructions on how to flush out any contaminated water, due to PFAS. 13 staff members visited approximately 1,100 homes!

The joy a dog brings to a correctional facility is not lost on the prisoners that train them in the 29 dog programs from various agencies or shelters, that operate in 21 correctional facilities across the state. Dogs trained and rehabilitated in these programs go on to become emotional support companions, therapy dogs, service dogs, and in some cases a well-behaved family pet. In a new episode of Field Days Podcast, Chris and Greg interview two MDOC staff who help facilitate the oldest and the youngest dog programs in the state. They both speak to the positive change they see at the facility, and in the prisoners themselves. Amy Houtz, an ARUS at Lakeland Correctional Facility, which is home to the longest running dog training program, The Greyhound Inmate Experience and Devyn Rodgers, a prison counselor at Gus Harrison Correctional Facility, which now has two dog programs are today’s guests. Share and listen, here >> bit.ly/MDOC-dog-programs

Our Maintenance/Physical Plant EPIC Team has been tasked with finding innovations and efficiency opportunities with staffing, the use of our state buildings, property and services, as well as reducing liability of the department and increasing safety. Some of their major accomplishments include: Eliminating access to unnecessary hazards, thus increasing safety, and identifying a number of buildings to be demolished. Great work to all! 👍

Four University of Michigan students spent a week inside Parnall Correctional Facility, observing the Vocational Village. As part of U of M's Magnify Program, the team used "evidence-based tools and field research methods to interpret the organization’s positive capabilities such as resilience, gratitude and compassion." Read more in this Office of Performance and Transformation article 👇

Staff from Lawton and their family members recently participated in the second annual Plane Pull, and took FIRST PLACE! They raised over $28,000 for @SpecialOlympicsMichigan! 😯 Amazing work, Lawton! 👍

Bill Collins, a volunteer business mentor with SCORE's Tip of the Mitt chapter and column author for News-Review, a Petoskey based news source, recently joined other members of SCORE, a nonprofit business mentor organization, for a tour through the Vocational Village in Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility. The purpose of the tour was to gauge interest in potential entrepreneurship workshops for prisoners in Vocational Village. Take a look at the article here 👇 http://ow.ly/4lcb30liZz5

Registered Nurse Manager Bonnie Viles of Woodland Correctional Facility recently received an Office of Good Government Customer Service coin from Warden DeAngelo. A prisoner's family member recognized RNM Viles as "conscientious, diligent, and pleasant", and acknowledged that they knew their son was in good hands with Viles. Great work, RNM Viles! 👍

Andrew Milne, Deputy National Commissioner of Corrections Services for New Zealand, recently made the trip to Michigan to gain better insight and understanding of how maximum security services operate in Michigan. Thanks again for the visit, it's such an honor!

Realizing this is a challenging time for staff, department spokesman Chris Gautz provides an overview of what to expect for MDOC staff affected by the Ojibway Correctional Facility closure. bit.ly/Ojibway-Closure-Pod He will share insight as to why OCF was chosen for closure and stresses that the department is working diligently to provide opportunities to fill vacant positions. You can read more about the facility closure here: bit.ly/Ojibway-Closure