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The Correctional Facilities Administration (CFA) is responsible for the operation of the state's prisons, including the Special Alternative Incarceration Facility (SAI). CFA has administrative offices in Lansing from which the Deputy Director oversees the network of secure facilities. The network consists of two Assistant Deputy Directors who administer an assigned group of wardens. At the local level, the wardens oversee the daily operations of the prisons. CFA also manages several peripheral aspects of facility operation, including prisoner transportation and classification.
The state’s secure-facilities network supervises a diverse offender population. The physical plants also span centuries, from the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia (built in the late 1870s) to the modern Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility, which was completed in 2001. The prisons are categorized into different security levels. A Secure Level I facility houses prisoners who are more easily managed within the network (even though they may have committed violent crimes). Level V prisons house prisoners who pose maximum management problems are a maximum security risk or both.
Prisoners incarcerated under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Corrections are provided with an array of prisoner services including health care, mental health care, educational opportunities, and programming opportunities.