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MI DOC - G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility (JCF)

State Prison

Last Updated: December 01, 2021
3500 N Elm Rd, Jackson, MI 49201

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

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MI DOC - G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility (JCF) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 517-780-5000

The inmates housed at Cotton Correctional located at 3500 N Elm Rd 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.

G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility is a mixed custody state prison facility housing about 2,000 level I, secure level I, level II and level IV adult male inmates operated by the Michigan Department of Corrections is located on 114 acres in Jackson MI. Inmates are secured by three twelve foot fences covered in razor wire, armed guard towers, acoustic and electronic motion sensing detection systems, surveillance cameras and vehicle patrols. Inmates are housed in several different types of buildings from pole barns to mortar brick and steel, the security level determines the building. Offenders can take adult basic education classes and earn a GED. Vocational programs provide training in the culinary arts, and general maintenance. The prison is a combination of pole barns, which have weatherized buildings, sealed concrete flooring and plaster-board walls, and other buildings that are brick, mortar, steel and glass.

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 G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility, the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center which is the common point of processing for all-male state prisoners sentenced to any Michigan prison; the Cooper Street Correctional Facility 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, General Education Development preparation, Special Education and several vocational training programs. Routine medical and dental care is provided on site. Serious medical problems are treated at the department's Duane L. Waters Health Care.

Security - Security includes three 12-foot fences, rolls of razor-ribbon wire, two perimeter towers, an acoustic sensing system and an electronic detection system. A patrol road surrounds the perimeter of the facility, and a vehicle responds to all detection system alarms. Surveillance camera systems are located throughout the facility.

AGE LIMIT: Males, 18 and older
SECURITY LEVELS: I, Secure Level I, II and IV

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MI DOC - G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility (JCF) 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 - G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility (FCF) - 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 visitation only on the odd dated weekend day.

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