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Charles E. Egeler Reception & Guidance Center (RGC)

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Charles E. Egeler Reception & Guidance Center (RGC)

Jackson County

Warden Troy Chrisman
3855 Cooper Street
Jackson, MI 49201
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Telephone: 517-780-5600
Open: 1988
Gender/Age Limit: Males, 18 and older
Security Level: II and V


The Charles E. Egeler Reception and Guidance Center (RGC) serves as a quarantine facility responsible for intake processing of all male offenders who are adjudicated adults sentenced to a term of incarceration with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Prisoners with new commitments and parole violators are received at RGC for assessments, screening, and classification prior to their placement in general population prisons throughout the agency. RGC sits on 53 acres and houses the 152-bed Duane L. Waters Health Center. RGC, along with the Parnall Correctional Facility, was carved out of the old State Prison of Southern Michigan (SPSM).

The Reception and Guidance Center contains three separate units: RGC Main Complex houses quarantine prisoners pending completion of their reception center processing; C Unit houses Level II security prisoners primarily with medical issues; and Duane L. Waters Health Center provides medical services to male and female prisoners throughout the Michigan Department of Corrections and includes telemedicine support services, inpatient care, and outpatient treatment. 


Intake Processing

Prisoners receive a variety of psychological, medical, educational and security classification evaluations upon arrival at RGC.  Prisoners are all medically screened by professionally trained correctional health care staff during the intake process.  Prisoners are subjected to twelve days of intake processing prior to being classified for transfer to a general population facility capable of meeting their medical, program and security needs. Prisoners are here temporarily, until they are transferred to their permanent facility. Prisoners with significant medical needs or prisoners involved in parole revocation hearings are held at the facility until their medical or due process concerns are resolved.



The perimeter of the facility is protected by a double chain link fence equipped with a non-lethal stun fence, RB Tech and concertina wire.  A perimeter security vehicle is utilized for security reasons when necessary.