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Central Michigan Correctional Facility (STF)

Central Michigan Correctional Facility

Central Michigan Correctional Facility (STF)

Gratiot County

Warden Gary Miniard 
320 Hubbard
St. Louis, MI 48880
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Gratiot County

Telephone: 989-681-6668
Open: 1990
Gender/Age Limit: Males, 18 and older
Security Level: Secure Level I 


This Level I prison occupies approximately 70 acres of land in the northeast section of St. Louis, in Gratiot County. It consists of separate buildings for administration, food service, education/activity, warehouse/maintenance, prisoner housing, and transportation.  The Facility houses 2560 secure Level I prisoners. There are 16 separate housing units contained in eight buildings. All units house 160 prisoners each in a dormitory-style setting.



Prisoners are prepared for their release through various programs such as psychological counseling and substance abuse treatment.  Offender Success programming includes group sessions of Thinking for a Change, Michigan Domestic Violence Programming (MiDVP), Advanced Substance Abuse Treatment, Violence Prevention Program, job preparation workshops, family reunification, and various other programs that are conducted by staff.  Central Michigan Correctional Facility partners with Central Michigan University to provide prisoners with an opportunity to take a sociology class with current CMU students. Jackson College provides an associate degree program for prisoners through Pell Grants. Central Michigan Correctional Facility houses up to 640 prisoners in the Michigan Sexual Abuse Prevention Program (MSAPP) Residential Treatment Units, which focus on the provision of MSAPP, Treatment Readiness for You (TRY), and self-help groups. Two other housing units with up to 320 prisoners are designated for OPT (Outpatient Treatment) for prisoners.  OPT provides for the medical needs of prisoners who are challenged with a variety of disorders, along with treatment sessions with psychologists.

Prisoners are provided with a variety of educational opportunities, including academic and career technical education.  Academic programming includes Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), Special Education, and Title I.  Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunities include Horticulture, Employment Readiness, and Building Trades. CTE courses offer a variety of hands-on opportunities as well as employability soft skills.  Students in the Building Trades programs may receive National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification upon completion of the program.  Students in the Employment Readiness program receive Microsoft Digital Literacy certification upon completion of the core program.

STF Vocational Programs are encouraged to participate in service-learning to allow prisoners to learn and give back to the local community simultaneously. The Building Trades students build wall panels, sheds, cabinets, and countertops, as well as various items for local communities. Central Michigan Correctional Facility grows several thousands of pounds of vegetables that are donated each year to local food banks.

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 perimeter security includes a buffer fence, double chain link fences, razor-ribbon wire, electronic detection systems, and an armed patrol vehicle.