Central Michigan Correctional Facility (STF)

Pine River Correctional Facility 

Gratiot County 

Gratiot County 

Warden John Christiansen                     
320 N. Hubbard
St. Louis, MI 48880

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TELEPHONE: (989) 681-6668
OPENED: 1990                     
AGE LIMIT: Males, 18 and older


The Central Michigan Correctional is comprised of 16 separate housing units contained in eight buildings. The Facility houses 2400 secure Level I prisoners. There are no individual cells. Prisoner housing units consist of 7 to 8-bed open bays, with 140 to 160 prisoners in each of the 16 units. There are separate building for administration, food service, school, maintenance/warehouse, and prisoner services. 


Pre-Release preparation, psychological counseling, Thinking for a Change, Strategies for Thinking Productively (T4C and STP are cognitive restructuring programs) and substance-abuse treatment are offered. Other programs and services include general and law library, hobbycraft, religious services, recreation programs, barbershop, and a variety of voluntary self-help programs. 

An academic and vocational program offers education opportunities. Vocational programs are offered in the areas of custodial maintenance technology, business educational technology, horticulture, and building trades. Academic classes are offered in adult basic education, and general education development.. 

Prisoners are provided with on-site routine medical and dental care. Serious problems are treated at the department's Duane L. Waters Health Care in Jackson, and emergencies are referred to the local hospital. 


The facility was built incorporating the latest concepts and designs for correctional institutions. The facility is surrounded by two 12-foot fences with rolls of razor-ribbon wire on the side and top of the exterior fence. The interior fence is a non-lethal electric fence with electronic monitoring. The perimeter is also monitored by an electronic detection system. The perimeter of the facility is patrolled by armed personnel, and surveillance cameras are extensively used.