Michigan Department of Corrections

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Department of Corrections
Abbreviation MDOC
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Seal of the Michigan Department of Corrections
Motto "Help Make things Right"
Agency overview
Formed 1953
Preceding agency Prison Commission
Employees 15,700(2010)
Annual budget $2 Billion (2010)[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Michigan, USA
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Map of Department of Corrections's jurisdiction.
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Population 10,003,422 (2008 est.)[2]
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Lansing, Michigan
Agency executives
  • Heidi Washington, Director
  • Dennis M. Straub, Deputy Director of the Correctional Facilities Administration
Child agencies
  • Correctional Facilities Administration
  • Field Operations Administration
  • Operations Support Administration
Michigan DOC Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.
Michigan Department of Corrections Honor Guard at assembly before 27th Annual Candlelight Vigil at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) oversees prisons and other correctional facilities in the state of Michigan, USA. It has 34 prison facilities, and a Special Alternative Incarceration program, together composing approximately 44,000 prisoners. Another 72,000 probationers and parolees are under its supervision. (2010 figures)[3] The agency has its headquarters in Grandview Plaza in Lansing.[4]

Divisions of the Michigan Department of Corrections

Correctional Facilities Administration

The Correctional Facilities Administration (CFA) is responsible for the state's prisons and camps, including the Special Alternative Incarceration (boot camp). CFA has administrative offices in Lansing where a Deputy Director oversees the network of secure facilities. The network is divided into two regions, and each region has a Regional Prison Administrator who has oversight over wardens. At the local level, the wardens oversee daily operations of the prisons and camps. CFA also manages several peripheral aspects of facility operation, including prisoner transportation, food service and classification.[5]

The state 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.


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As of January 2014, these facilities are open and in operation:[6]

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Security levels

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). The state's Level V prisons house prisoners who pose maximum management problems, are a maximum security risk, or both. Some prisoners may have more than one security level.[7]

Field Operations Administration

The Field Operations Administration (FOA) is responsible for state probation and parole supervision as well as other methods of supervision.[8]

Operations Support Administration

The Operations Support Administration is responsible for oversight of departmental finances, personnel services - including training and recruitment of new employees, policy development, labor relations, and physical plant and environmental services.

New Horizons

Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found. In 2004, the department initiated a prisoner re-entry act, with the intent of re-integrating prisoners into society so that they may lead a life free of crime. Offenders who have participated in the program are showing a 30% decline in the rate at which they return to prison. Michigan is a national model in prisoner re-entry and has seen at decline of over 7,000 prisoners since May 2007, saving the State of Michigan over $700 million in operational costs.

Prison rules

On February 1, 2009, MDOC banned tobacco possession in all MDOC facilities.[9] MDOC prisons removed their designated smoking areas, and staff members are now required to keep tobacco products in their locked vehicles.[10]


Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found. MDOC previously contracted with Aramark for its food services. On July 13, 2015 it announced that it was switching to Trinity Services Group.[11]

Fallen officers and prisoners

Since the establishment of the Michigan Department of Corrections, 13 officers/employees have died in the line of duty.[12][13]

See also



  1. 2010 State Budget
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  3. Michigan Department of Corrections 2003 Annual Report
  4. "eDOC - Contact the Michigan Department of Corrections." Michigan Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  5. Michigan Department of Corrections site
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  8. Michigan Department of Corrections site
  9. "Tobacco Cessation in the MDOC." Michigan Department of Corrections. Retrieved on October 7, 2010.
  10. "Tobacco Cessation." Michigan Department of Corrections. February 27, 2008. Retrieved on October 7, 2010.
  11. Egan, Paul. "State to end prison food deal with Aramark" (Archive). Detroit Free Press at Lansing State Journal. July 13, 2015. Retrieved on July 14, 2015.
  12. Officer Down Memorial Page
  13. Michigan Department of Corrections Fallen Employees Page

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