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Thumb Correctional Facility (TCF)

Thumb Correctional Facility

Thumb Correctional Facility (TCF)

Lapeer County

Warden Fredeane Artis 
3225 John Conley Drive
Lapeer, MI 48446
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Lapeer County

Telephone: 810-667-2045
Open: 1987
Gender/Age Limit: Males, 18 and older
Security Level: II


Thumb Correctional Facility (TCF) has seven Level II general population housing units which include day rooms, showers, laundry facilities and staff offices. Four housing units house adult prisoners, one housing unit houses prisoners sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HTYA) and one separate housing unit houses a youthful population. There is also one additional housing unit designated for Medically Frail Prisoners. The segregation unit is equipped with stainless steel sinks and toilets, and slotted doors for meal services.  There is an administrative building which includes staff offices, prisoner records and visiting areas. Other buildings include the education, food services, healthcare, maintenance and Michigan State Industries (MSI) buildings which provides industrial laundry services for state and other nonprofit agencies.  Prisoners are provided with on-site medical care, including x-ray, dental and mental health services.  Referrals are made to outside medical facilities when necessary. 


The education department offers Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED), and Special Education Services which includes emphasis on achieving General Diploma (GED).  TCF offers vocational trades classes which include: Employment Readiness (ER), Building Trades (BT) and Food Technology and Hospitality Management (FT).  Completion of vocational trades curricula includes state and/or national certifications. HYTA and youthful prisoners are eligible to participate in the Edovo Tablet Program which provides educational programming. The facility also offers evidence-based programs such as Thinking for a Change (T4C), Violence Prevention Program (VPP), Phase II Substance Abuse, Advanced Substance Abuse treatment (ASAT), and Alcoholics Anonymous. Other programs and services include a general and law library, hobbycraft program, religious services, a barbershop and recreational program which include exercise equipment and a gymnasium.

The facility has two dog programs: MI-PAWS and Stiggy's Dogs. Prisoners involved in these programs complete extensive training in order to prepare the dogs for adoption as service dogs for the persons with disabilities and for military veterans who suffer from PTSD.  Prisoner dog handlers learn how to train and properly care for dogs including veterinary needs, training methods and grooming standards which may provide additional employment opportunities when the prisoner is released.


Security includes triple 12-foot fences, rolls of razor ribbon wire, towers, electric perimeter detection systems and a perimeter vehicle with armed personnel who responds to all detection systems alarms.  Surveillance camera systems are located throughout the facility.