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MI DOC - Ionia Correctional Facility (ICF)

State Prison

Last Updated: March 11, 2021
1576 W Bluewater Hwy, Ionia, MI 48846

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

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MI DOC - Ionia Correctional Facility (ICF) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 616-527-6331

The inmates housed at Ionia Correctional located at 1576 W Bluewater Hwy in Ionia, 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.

The Ionia Correctional Facility (ICF) is mixed custody state prison that houses level II and V adult male inmates operated by the Michigan Department of Corrections. The facility consists of five housing units that are level V and two housing units for level II inmates. Two of the level V units are designated Administrative Segregation, which includes Detention, Temporary Segregation and Secure Status Out-Patient Treatment cells, the remaining three are general population units. The Level V housing consists of five bi-level, double winged single cell units, consisting of day room area, showers, laundry room, staff offices and a fenced-in activity and recreational yard for the security Level V prisoners. The Units designated Administrative Segregation affords prisoner outdoor recreation in single occupancy security exercise modules.

Inmates are secured by two twelve foot high fences covered in razor wire. One of the fences is electrified. Armed guard towers, surveillance cameras and armed patrols ensure no inmates leave the facility. In addition, all of the staff have personal alarm systems that immediately notify all staff members of any problems that arise. While incarcerated, inmates can earn a GED and take adult basic education classes. Mental health services are also available to inmates, as well as substance abuse treatment.

The Level II housing consists of a large pole-barn construction divided into two units with 140 beds in each unit. The units have shower, laundry, and recreation areas. The Level II prisoners have separate yard areas, with access to a weight pit, basketball courts, volleyball, baseball, horseshoes, and a running track. Jobs are available for all Level II prisoners, which includes a Michigan State Industries factory which employs Level II prisoners.

The Prisoner Services building contains classrooms, an auditorium, a gymnasium, a weight room, commissary (prison store) and a barbershop. A separate building contains food service, prisoner and staff dining, health care, prisoner property, and maintenance. The administrative building contains the institutions Control Center, Record Office, Business Office, visiting areas, staff training, and a disciplinary and parole board hearing room.

Programming - Academic programs include Adult Basic Education, Special Education, General Education Development (GED) completion and Post GED programs. In-cell study programs are available to prisoners who may not participate in group in group activities. Treatment services include Secure Status Out-Patient Treatment (SSOTP), Out-Patient Mental Health Treatment, Counseling, substance abuse programs, Assaultive Offenders psychotherapy and religious services. The facility also has on-site; legal and general libraries that are available to prisoners.

Prisoners are provided with excellent on-site routine medical and dental care. Serious emergency cases are treated at Ionia County Memorial Hospital and the Duane L. Waters Health Center in Jackson.

Security - Security consists of two 12 foot wire fences (which incorporate a Stun Fence), razor ribbon, gun towers, security surveillance cameras and a personal alarm system for staff throughout the facility. Enclosed officer's stations separate each wing within the Level V housing units. A patrol vehicle with armed personnel constantly patrols the prison perimeter.

AGE LIMIT: Males, 18 and older


Inmate Locator

MI DOC - Ionia Correctional Facility (ICF) 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 - Ionia Correctional Facility (ICF) - 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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