IN DOC - Indiana State Prison (ISP)

State Prison

Last Updated: February 21, 2024
1 Park Row, Michigan City, IN 46360

ISP is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

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 State - maximum facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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You can support your loved ones at ISP on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 219-874-7258.

Located at 1 Park Row in Michigan City, IN, ISP carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. ISP offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

When someone you care about ends up in a state prison, it can be tough to navigate the ins and outs of the system. From figuring out how to stay in touch to understanding what you can do to make their time easier, it can feel overwhelming. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get the lowdown on IN DOC - Indiana State Prison (ISP) so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

The first Indiana State Prison, established in Jeffersonville in 1822, marked the inception of the state's correctional system. Seeking expansion, Indiana acquired land in Michigan City in 1858, leading to the establishment of another prison. Both locations were named the Indiana State Prison, with one designated as Prison North and the other as Prison South. Unfortunately, in 1922, a devastating fire razed Prison South, making the Michigan City facility the system's oldest. Originally enclosing 8.3 acres, the prison's perimeter wall has since expanded to cover 24 acres, punctuated by ten manned towers. With a capacity exceeding 2,400 individuals, the Indiana State Prison operates as a level four maximum-security facility, catering to those with lengthy sentences or convictions for violent crimes.

Furthermore, situated on the prison grounds is a level two facility, formerly recognized as Lakeside Correctional Facility. Housing up to 385 incarcerated individuals, Lakeside plays a crucial role in maintaining the prison's infrastructure, from groundskeeping to building maintenance and food preparation for staff.

Inmate Locator

ISP maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

Get an Arrest Record immediately.

Visitation Information

Public Visitation: Please refer to the IDOC visitation page to find the most current information regarding visits.

Attorney Visits: Requests for general in-person legal visits between attorneys and Incarcerated Individuals must be made to the facility where the Incarcerated Individuals is housed. Attorney/Incarcerated Individuals visit requests are being scheduled and will continue as long as it is safe to do so on a facility-by-facility basis. Based on the conditions of each facility, they are subject to being postponed or rescheduled. A reliable alternative to an in-person attorney/Incarcerated Individual visit is to schedule a confidential phone call. Incarcerated Individuals must have the attorney's phone number added to their approved telephone list. All calls are to be 'collect calls' unless the Incarcerated Individual utilizes prepaid minutes.

Visiting Guidelines

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

Maximum Security Visiting Guidelines- ED 22-23 (05-02-2022) (PDF)


* Visitors must be signed in for a minimum of 1 hour and 15 minutes PRIOR to the visitation hours end. 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. This device is extremely sensitive and therefore special precautions 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.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.