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Parnall Correctional Facility (SMT)

Administration building at Parnall Correctional Facility

Parnall Correctional Facility (SMT)

Jackson County

Warden Noah Nagy
1780 East Parnall Road
Jackson, MI 49201
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Telephone: 517-780-6004
Open: 1926
Gender/Age Limit: Males, 18 and older
Security Level: Secure Level I (Minimum Security)
Prisoner Capacity: 1,696


The Parnall Correctional Facility opened in 1926 and is a Secure Level I (minimum security section of the former State Prison of Southern Michigan). The Facility is on approximately 45 acres of land. There are five housing units, as well as an additional 21 buildings. SMT houses nearly 1,700 level one adult male prisoners ranging from 18 years of age and older.

The weatherized pole buildings have sealed concrete slab flooring and plasterboard-covered walls.  The bricked structures are built of brick, mortar, steel, and glass.

The facility serves as an in-reach site for the entire state of Michigan as we parole returning citizens to all 83 counties within Michigan. As an in-reach facility, we are charged with the task of readying prisoners for a successful transition to their community.


The Education Department offers Adult Basic Education with the emphasis on achieving General Education Diploma (GED). Michigan Law requires prisoners to achieve their GED prior to paroling. We also offer Special Education, the Pell Grant College Program, and the Vocational Village. When operating at full capacity, the Vocational Village site at Parnall Correctional Facility has the capacity for 240 vocational trade students and 32 trade tutors. The program offers training in high-demand trades: Auto Mechanic, Carpentry/Building Trades, CDL/Forklift, CNC/Robotics, Masonry/Concrete, The Last Mile (Computer Coding), Tree Trimming, and scheduled to begin in 2024, Diesel Mechanic. The Education Department also offers employment readiness programs.

We provide an extensive range of self-help programs: AA/NA, Substance Abuse (Phase II), and a number of cognitive restructuring programs, including Thinking for a Change and Violence Prevention Program (VPP), to assist with anger management and decision-making in all areas of one's life. Parnall also offers the Michigan Sexual Abuse Prevention Program (MSAPP) and the Michigan Domestic Violence Program (MiDVP).

With our current prison population, almost every faith is represented, and the facility has a separate building that serves as the Chapel for all religious faiths.

The Facility has on-site health care services. More serious cases are referred to Duane L. Waters Hospital, local hospitals, and health care providers. Mental health services are provided by an integrated team of psychologists, psychiatrists, and licensed counseling staff.

Food Service, maintenance, yard crews, and regional store operations serve as major employment for the prisoner population. Prisoners are required to work unless prohibited for health reasons.

The following leisure time activities are offered: recreation, hobby craft, music, writing, poetry, and art programs.

Prisoners have access to a general and law library.


The perimeter of the facility consists of a double chain-link fence with sensor alarms, concertina wire, security cameras, and a response vehicle.