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Houghton County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: January 26, 2020
403 E Houghton Ave, Houghton, MI 49931

Houghton County Jail is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

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Houghton County Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 906-482-0055

The Houghton County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 403 E Houghton Ave Houghton, MI which is operated locally by the Houghton County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Houghton County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Houghton Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

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Work Camp

In 1989, Public Act 511 was approved by the Legislature to begin a process of an alternative to prison and jail called Community Corrections.

In March of 1991, Tri-County Community Corrections representing Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties proposed a comprehensive plan which was approved for funding. This plan has had continuous approval since that time.
When our first plan was approved in 1991, it is believed we were the first to implement it in the state. We began a very popular Community Service Program by releasing four felons from jail to perform community service work. In spite of these early releases, we still experienced jail crowding, thus resulting in ten offenders being housed in other facilities.

At this point we applied for and received a $243,000 grant for a Work Camp facility. Again, Tri-County was the first to apply for and receive Work Camp allocated monies. The Work Camp was opened on October 4, 1991 and has remained open since. At present, Houghton County houses all of Baraga County inmates.

Throughout the years, since our camp opened, we have had the opportunity to entertain several State of Michigan dignitaries including Governor John Engler, MDOC Director Kenneth McGinnis, and Deputy Director Robert Steinman. All see the significance of what the Work Camp has accomplished, and the progress that has occurred over the last several years.

Inmate Locator

Houghton County Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Michigan. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Houghton County Jail and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 906-482-0055.


  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Houghton County Jail - Visitation at 403 E Houghton Ave, Houghton, MI

  • Monday 9am - 6pm
  • Tuesday 9am - 6pm
  • Wednesday 9am - 6pm
  • Thursday 9am - 6pm
  • Friday 9am - 6pm

All visits are non-contact and conducted through a glass partition. This facility may also have a video visitation option, please call 906-482-0055 for more information and updates to the current rules and regulations.

Inmates are allowed 2 visitors per day

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