Oaks Correctional Facility (ECF)
Warden Michael Burgess
Mental Health Services
Oaks Correctional Facility has three full time academic staff members, one full time school secretary and a school principal who is shared with Muskegon and Brooks Correctional facilities. Academic programs offered at Oaks Correctional include Adult Basic Education and General Education Development completion (GED). Employment Readiness Programming includes digital literacy and financial literacy classes, as well as Work Keys testing and Career Scope testing with vocational counseling and qualification for state-wide Career Tech Education. An employment conselor assists inmates with obtaining vital documents, transcripts, licenses, certifications and offers resume writing workshops. Reentry Programming is offered in the form of Violence Prevention Programming (VPP), Thinking for Change, and Substance Abuse Education - Phase 1 and 2. Leisure activities include participation in athletics, religious services, along with Legal and general library services.
In addition to traditional programming, the Oaks was also chosen by the Leader Dog for the Blind organization to train dogs for their program. Prisoners are screened and are provided training to deliver this training program to puppies received at the facility. Once the dog has completed their initial phase of the training at the prison, they are then graduated to the next level of training if they pass testing. Dogs that are not chosen to continue with Leader dog for the Blind are re-purposed to other specialized training centers. Some become companion dogs for Veterans with PTSD, some are chosen as drug sniffing or bomb sniffing dogs.
Visiting days are assigned as follows:
PLEASE NOTE: Visits start processing at 8:30 AM.
NO VISITS are processed from 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM OR while facility count is taken.
Visiting Processing: Visitors may arrive up to 30 minutes prior to visiting hours but will not be processed until visiting hours begin. Visitors may use the restroom and store their personal items in the visitor lockers during this time. Visitors must comply with dress codes and remove prohibited personal items before entering the gates. For information on dress code, please see the Visitor Information Link below.
Visitor Lockers: Visitors may retrieve a token from the front desk to obtain visitor locker keys for storing personal items in the lockers. Cell phones, cameras and other recording devices are not allowed inside our correctional facilities and should stay locked in your vehicle. Other personal items, such as a purse, wallet or car-keys, can be secured in a locker. For a list of other prohibited items please see the Visitor Information Link below.
Vending Machine Type: Change only is required to purchase from the vending machines. No cards or paper money are allowed.
Photo Tickets: Visitors may purchase photo tickets from the front lobby and visiting room vending machines. These photos may be taken home by the visitor or remain with the prisoner. Prisoners may also purchase photo tickets through the Prisoner Store, these tickets may be brought to the visiting room on visits.
All photographs taken of prisoners will be supervised by staff and approved by staff prior to distribution to prisoner or visitor.
The perimeter security includes a buffer fence, double chain link fences, razor-ribbon wire, electronic detection systems, an armed patrol vehicle and gun towers.