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MI DOC - Cooper Street Correctional Facility (JCS)

State Prison

Last Updated: March 01, 2021
3100 Cooper St, Jackson, MI 49201

Cooper St Correctional is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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MI DOC - Cooper Street Correctional Facility (JCS) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 517-780-6175

The inmates housed at Cooper St Correctional located at 3100 Cooper St in Jackson, MI 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.

Cooper Street Correctional Facility is state prison located in Jackson MI an operated by Michigan Department of Corrections. It is a secure level I facility that houses minimum custody adult males. Cooper St is the former Michigan Parole Camp and is located across the street from the old State Prison of Southern Michigan. It was expanded, with an increase in security, to create a Secure Level I prison which opened in July of 1997. This prison provides release services to inmates who are about to be discharged, paroled or transferred into community center placement. Inmates can receive on-site medical, dental and mental health treatment. Cooper Street can currently house 1,737 inmates. Inmates incarcerated here can take vocational classes to learn building maintenance and academic classes to gain an adult basic education and earn a GED. Inmates are secured by dual fences covered in razor wire, electronic motion sensors, and an armored patrol vehicle.

Cooper Street also serves as a centralized staging point for prisoners transferring to the Camp Program and as a release facility for prisoners who are about to parole, discharge, or transfer to community center placement.

The facility is an active member of the Department's Community Liaison Committee in the Jackson County area, and maintains open lines of communication between the community and prison administration.

Michigan State Prison or Jackson State Prison, which opened in 1839, was the first prison in Michigan. After 150 years, the prison was divided, starting in 1988, into four distinct prisons, still in Jackson along with the Cooper Street Correctional Facility, the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility where inmates can finish their general education the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center which is the common point of processing for all-male state prisoners sentenced to any Michigan prison; and the Parnall Correctional Facility which is the common point for processing of all-male state prisoners about to discharge, parole, or enter a community center or the camp program.

Programming - Academic programming includes Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED preparation and testing, and vocational training in Building Maintenance. Various religious activities, work assignments, self-improvement programs (i.e., group therapy, group counselling, Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous), and leisure time activities (i.e., recreation programs and prisoner organizations), are also available. The facility operates as a Drug Treatment Prison, as well as a state-wide Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative program site.

Routine medical, psychological and dental services are provided on site. Serious medical problems may be treated at either Duane L. Waters Health Center or Foote Hospital, both of which are in Jackson.

Security - As a Secure Level I facility, JCS has two high chain-link fences, rolls of razor ribbon wire, a perimeter detection system, and an armed perimeter security vehicle (PSV) patrolling the outside grounds. There is also an alert response vehicle available for backup to the PSV if necessary.
AGE LIMIT: Males, 18 and older

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MI DOC - Cooper Street Correctional Facility (JCS) is a facility in the Michigan 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

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) will cease in-person visiting inmates effective immediately for the safety of staff, prisoners, and the public. This will also include outside volunteers and other tours and groups who routinely come into the prisons.


The MDOC’s Video Visitation Pilot began on October 9, 2020 with online scheduling of video visits at Parnall Correctional Facility (SMT).
The pilot roll out continues, and visitors on the Approved Visitor List of a prisoner housed at the locations listed below will be able to request a video visit.
The basic steps that an Approved Visitor should follow can be found here.

Video Visiting Standards can be found here.

MDOC Pilot Facility Pilot Vendor Online Scheduling Began First Video Visits Parnall Correctional (SMT) GTL 10/9/2020 10/12/2020 G. Robert Cotton Correctional (JCF) GTL 10/13/2020 10/19/2020 Duane Waters Health Center (DWH) GTL 10/16/2020 10/19/2020 Chippewa Correctional (URF) GTL 10/26/2020 10/29/2020 Ionia Correctional Facility (ICF) GTL 12/15/2020 12/18/2020 Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility (MTU) GTL 12/15/2020 12/18/2020 Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility (WHV) GTL 11/9/2020 11/12/2020 Lakeland Correctional Facility (LCF) GTL TBD TBD

Visitation Information

Michigan DOC - Cooper Street Correctional Facility (JCS) - Visitation

Visiting Hours

  • Monday, Thursday and Friday are 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Weekend visits are according to an odd/even schedule, based on the last digit of the prisoner's number.

If the number ends in an odd digit that prisoner may have visited only on the odd dated weekend day.

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