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G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility (JCF)

Administration building at G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility

G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility (JCF)

Jackson County

Warden Kim Cargor
3500 N. Elm Road
Jackson, MI 49201
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Telephone: 517-780-5000
Open: 1985
Gender/Age Limit: Males, 18 and older
Security Levels: Secure Level I, II, and IV


The G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility (JCF) is a multi-level prison on 114 acres located northwest of the intersection of Elm Road and I-94 in Jackson County.

The prison property consists of six pole barn housing buildings, eleven brick housing buildings, an Administration building, Education building and two food service buildings.  It also has healthcare, maintenance, Michigan State Industries, and the Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund.  


G. Robert Cotton Facility offers several academic programs that include Adult Basic Education, General Education Development preparation, Special Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), Jackson College, Employment Readiness, and Food Technology training program. The facility has the Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund (MBTF), one of two prisons with the braille program in the State. The facility also has Michigan State Industries Print Shop and Mattress Factory.  JCF is a Prisoner Re-entry facility for the statewide medical and the Wayne County population. The facility offers evidence-based cognitive programs such as Thinking for a Change (T4C), Chance for Life (CFL), Violence Prevention Program (VPP), Michigan Domestic Violence Program (MiDVP), Phase II Substance Abuse, Advanced Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT), and Alcoholics Anonymous.  JCF also has the Leader Dog for the Blind Program.

Prisoners are provided on-site medical, dental and mental health services. Serious medical problems are treated at the department’s Duane Waters Health Center (DWH).


Security includes three 12-foot fences, rolls of razor-ribbon wire, two perimeter towers, and an electronic detection system. A patrol road surrounds the perimeter of the facility and a vehicle responds to all detection system alarms.  Surveillance camera systems are located throughout the facility.