Carson City Correctional Facility (DRF)
Telephone: (989) 584-3941
The Carson City Correctional Facility has 474 employees and the capacity to house 2,526 adult prisoners.
Carson City Correctional Facility is a multi-level facility consisting of 15 housing units. DRF-West consists of seven housing units; one unsecured Level I unit with 120 beds (currently closed), three Level II units with 720 beds, two Level IV units with 384 beds, and a 22-bed temporary segregation unit. All DRF-West units, except temporary segregation, are double bunked. DRF-East consists of eight Secure Level I housing units with 1,280 beds; each housing unit consists of 8-bed open bays, with 160 prisoners in each of the eight units.
This facility has a Food Service Building, school, health care and indoor activity areas on both the West and East sides..
Carson City Correctional Facility is committed to providing academic, technical, and workplace skills training for adult prisoners. Academic programs include Adult Basic Education (ABE) to help prisoners achieve their General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Educational programs also include Employment Readiness, and vocational training which includes Food Service Hospitality Management for adult prisoners sentenced to the Michigan Department of Corrections.
The goal of Carson City Correctional Facility is to involve all prisoners in meaningful programs to enhance their skills upon release from incarceration. Programs offered include Violence Prevention Programming (VPP), Thinking for a Change (TFC), MiDVP - Michigan Domestic Violence, as well as other self-help programs. Substance Abuse programming includes Substance Abuse Phase II, Advanced Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Eligible prisoners in Level II and Secure Level I have the opportunity to train dogs with the Paws with a Cause program.
Religious activities are coordinated through the facility’s Chaplain and offer a wide range of active religions.
Carson City Correctional Facility houses over 550 Outpatient Mental Health (OPMH) prisoners in all custody levels. The Outpatient Mental Health Team provides mental health treatment and services to prisoners with a mental disability and/or behavioral disorder. Services provided include case management, medication monitoring, group therapy, and crisis management. Brief therapy services are also provided to any prisoner at the facility. Peer Support services have been offered at Carson City Correctional Facility since 2016 where prisoners meet Peer-to-Peer to offer support and coping skills. Additionally, the facility has two Secure Level I Michigan Sex Offender Program (MSOP) Residential Treatment Units which focus on provision of MSOP, Treatment Readiness for You (TRY), and self-help groups with the goal of “No more victims.” Sex offenders utilize the Good Lives model to gain insight into their offending behavior and to identify appropriate means to meet life goals instead of their previous deviant patterns.
Prisoners are provided on-site dental and medical services. Emergencies are referred to the local hospital and serious medical problems are treated at Duane Waters Hospital in Jackson.
ALL LEVEL ONE
Visitor 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, see Visiting Standards at the Visiting Information Links.
Visitor Lockers: Personal locker rental is $.25 which is returnable upon completion of the visit. Cell phones, cameras and other recording devises are not allowed inside correctional facilities and must stay locked in your vehicle. Other personal items, such as a purse, wallet and car keys can be secured in a locker. For a list of other prohibited items see Visiting Standards.
Vending Machines: CARDs ONLY. A vending machine card may be purchased in the lobby for $1 and also reloaded for each visit with a maximum amount of $25.00 per visitor or no more than $60 per group visit.
Photo Tickets: Visitors may purchase photo tickets from the lobby vending machine. Photo tickets may be purchased prior to the visit.
All photographs of prisoners will be supervised by staff and approved prior to distribution to prisoner or visitor. All photographs will be limited to one prisoner per photograph.Visiting Information Links