IN DOC - Indiana State Prison

State Prison

Last Updated: June 02, 2021
1 Park Row, Michigan City, IN 46360

Indiana State Prison is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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IN DOC - Indiana State Prison basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 219-874-7258

The inmates housed at Indiana State Prison located at 1 Park Row in Michigan City, IN are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

Established - 1860

Security Level - Minimum | Maximum

Average Daily Population - 2295

Housing - Celled-Space, Dormitory, Male Death Row Offenders

This Indiana State Prison (ISP) was built in 1860 and is the oldest correctional facility in operation for the Department. ISP is located on 100 acres of land on Michigan City’s west side. The physical plant consists of 51 buildings, which include 13 offender-housing units, steam plant, garage, warehouse, industries buildings, and five staff housing units. The main walled compound surrounds 24 acres of land. Located on the same grounds, outside the wall is the unit dedicated to housing the minimum-security offenders.

Indiana State Prison is the oldest facility in the system and the staff takes pride in keeping the buildings and grounds clean and presentable. Each spring and summer the sidewalks are lined with flowers, as are certain areas inside the wall. The prison is designated a level four maximum security facility, which houses offenders with long sentences and/or individuals convicted of violent crimes.

Also located on the prison grounds is a level two facility, formerly known as Lakeside Correctional Facility. It has a capacity for 385 offenders and the prison uses their offenders to maintain the grounds, building maintenance, and food preparation for the Staff Dining Room.

The Indiana Department of Correction offers a wide selection of programming, courses, and activities based on both facility and offender need, as well as available resources. Listed below are a number of current programming opportunities available at the facility. While some are led by staff, many are volunteer-driven. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please visit our Volunteer page. For more information on these programs and/or a complete listing of the programs the IDOC offers, please visit the IDOC Programs page.

  • Thinking for a Change
  • PLUS
  • Substance Abuse
  • PINS (Parenting Inside/Outside Dads)
  • Pen Products
  • Organic Gardening
  • Aramark's IN2WORK
  • Culinary Arts
  • USDOL Apprenticeship
    • Barber
    • Firefighter
    • Landscape Gardener
    • Offset-Press Operator
    • Landscape Management Technician
    • Teacher Aide
    • Housekeeper

Re-Entry Programs:

  • In 2 Work
  • Inside/Out Dads
  • Purposeful Living Unit Serve (PLUS)
  • Thinking For A Change
  • Apprenticeship/ DOL
  • Pre-Release Re-Entry
  • Suicide Prevention/Companion
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Mental Health

Indiana State Prison is located in Michigan City Indiana and houses over 2300 adult male offenders. Indiana State Prison is comprised of two facilities, a Maximum security institution that houses offenders convicted of violent crimes who are serving long sentences, and a minimum security facility once referred to as Lakeside Correctional Facility. The minimum security facility offers many support services to the maximum facility, including landscaping, food preparation and building maintenance. Because of the varying custody levels, inmates are housed in several different style units. Some offenders are housed in an open dormitory, and others in cells. This facility is also responsible for housing male death row inmates.

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IN DOC - Indiana State Prison is a facility in the Indiana Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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Covid Visitation Information

To limit the opportunity of introducing the COVID-19 virus to a prison facility, visitations at this facility have been suspended until further notice. This includes Volunteer Staff.

Attorney Visits:

Requests for general in-person legal visits between attorneys and offenders must be made to the facility where the offender is housed. Attorney/offender visit requests will only be scheduled when safe to do so on a facility-by-facility basis and are subject to being postponed or rescheduled. A reliable alternative to an in-person attorney/offender visit is to schedule a confidential phone call. The offender must have the attorney's phone number added to their approved telephone list. All calls are 'collect' unless the offender utilizes prepaid minutes.

Further Updates on Public Visitation and Attorney Visits:

Please return to this site for updates about restrictions for public and volunteer staff visitation, as well as an extension of the ending date for attorney/offender in-person visitation. Once restrictions are lifted the regular ‘Visiting Guidelines’ listed below will again be in effect.

Visitation Information

IN DOC - Indiana State Prison - Visitation

Please review the below visiting guidelines before scheduling your visit to Indiana State Prison.

Maximum Security Visiting Guidelines (PDF)


All times are Central Standard Time.

  • ATTORNEY VISITS: 8:00am – 4:00pm, daily. Weekend reservations must be submitted the Thursday prior.
  • GENERAL POPULATION*: 11:00am – 5:15pm, Monday-Friday ; Weekend/Holiday 7:00 am - 3:00pm
  • ADMINISTRATIVE RESTRICTED HOUSING*: 7:00am – 10:30am, Monday-Friday. Weekend/Holiday, 3:30pm to 5:15pm
  • ADMINISTRATIVE NON-CONTACT*: 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday ONLY, excluding holidays
  • DISCIPLINARY RESTRICTED HOUSING: 8:00am-1:00pm, Monday-Friday ONLY, excluding holidays.
  • X-ROW and PROTECTIVE CUSTODY: 7:00am – 3:30pm, daily.

* Visitors must be signed in a minimum of 1 hour and 15 minutes PRIOR to the visitation hours ending. Please remember, for the latest visit updates contact the facility prior to visit. Call 219-874-7256, press #.


A security device has been implemented at the Indiana State Prison called a Cell Sense. Cell Sense is the best cell phone and contraband detector, made by Metrasens. This device is very sensitive and therefore special precaution must be taken by all visitors. From this point forward new procedures will be implemented for the use of Cell Sense at Indiana State Prison and Indiana Outside beginning February 12, 2016.

Everyone will pass in front of the Cell Sense detector, turn around and walk past it again. If the Cell Sense detector alarms, make sure that all metal items are removed from pockets and person including hair pins (bobby pins/metal barrettes). Be aware that undergarments containing underwire support have been known to cause alarms.

Visitors unable to clear the Cell Sense machine will not be allowed to enter the facility, however they will be permitted to obtain other garments and try again. If they don’t pass the Cell Sense after the second, entrance will be denied.

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