Michigan Reformatory

Are you looking for somebody locked up at Michigan Reformatory?  Michigan Reformatory is a state correctional institution in the Michigan state prison system, which is part of the Michigan Department of Corrections.  This guide will tell you info about everything you might want to know about Michigan Reformatory:  How to locate an inmate.  Visitation policies and procedures.  The address and phone number.  How to send mail and money to an inmate.  And much, much more.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Michigan Reformatory
Year Opened: 2007
Type: Males
State: Michigan
County: Ionia County,
DOC: Michigan Department of Corrections
Security Level: II and IV
Warden Name: Carmen Palmer

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Contact Information

In this section you will find the mailing address and street address for Michigan Reformatory. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to an inmate at Michigan Reformatory, and use the physical address if you want to know the actual location of Michigan Reformatory.

Mailing Address

Be sure to also read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information further down on this page before you send a letter or package to someone in prison to make sure that you properly address the package or letter, and do the appropriate procedure for mailing a letter or package. If you do not use the appropriate directions, it could get sent back.

Michigan Reformatory
34625 26 Mile Road 
New Haven MI, 48048

Street Address / Prison Location


Michigan Reformatory
1342 W. Main 
Ionia MI, 48846

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 616-527-2500

Map and Directions

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Use this address if you are going to visit a prisoner. Make sure to also read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule headings on this page if you are going to go to visit someone in prison at Michigan Reformatory.

Michigan Reformatory
1342 W. Main 
Ionia MI, 48846


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Phone Number

Prisoners don’t have telephones, so you can’t call prisoners, however, there are some times when it is helpful to have the telephone number to the prison.

State prison inmates are able to call out with:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

State prison inmates don’t have access to fax machines, so you won’t be able to send a fax to an inmate, but there are times when it may be useful to have the fax machine number to Michigan Reformatory.

Email Address

The email address below is the general email address for Michigan Reformatory. You cannot reach individuals using this address. If you need to send an email to an inmate, read the Inmate Email section further down on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
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Inmate Email

To send a letter via email to a prisoner you must follow an exact process to ensure that the message is received by your inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates don’t have access to the Internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are important protocols that are necessary to follow when mailing a letter or package to a inmate. If you don’t follow these rules then the mail might be returned to you.

Before you send a package or letter, be sure to read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Michigan Reformatory employees will open and read all received general mail and packages. Received general postal correspondence can be read as frequently as deemed necessary to keep security or monitor a particular problem regarding any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the proper format for how you have to address a letter or package to a state prisoner at Michigan Reformatory:

Michigan Reformatory
34625 26 Mile Road 
New Haven MI, 48048

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Inmate Money

Every state correctional institution has a Commissary that was created to provide an account for prisoner funds and for buying things not issued to inmates by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Friends, family, or other people can add funds to prisoner’s Commissary accounts by sending it by Western Union and the U.S. Postal Service.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends can choose to send inmates funds through the mail and must send the money to the address below and do so in accordance with the directions shows below:

The money must be in the form of a money order made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You should use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day holding period, in which the prisoner will not have access to the deposit. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender any funds that do not have appropriate prisoner information but only if the envelope it was sent it has an adequate return address. Checks and cash will not be deposited so do not send any checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

Prisoners are often changed to various prison facilities around the state, so sometimes you might need to look up the location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click the link here to find an Michigan Reformatory inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Michigan state prisons: Michigan State Prisons

Michigan Department of Corrections Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation

Before you go to visit an inmate at Michigan Reformatory, make sure you be aware of this information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each prison has its own policies for prisoner visitation and they change frequently. The policies listed below may be different now, so make sure to also check Michigan Reformatory’s official website to get the most up to date visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance guard will ensure every visitor signs the prisoner visitors log when entering the institution and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Picture id of all visitors will be required. Acceptable forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; however, a state picture ID is OK.

For all of the things shown below, go to the main prison website as this information changes all the time:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Information about Michigan Reformatory records will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Section about Michigan Reformatory death row to be added later.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about Michigan parole to be added later.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


More information about release procedures coming.

Inmate Programs

Academic Education, pre release preparation, psychological counseling, along with several programs to prepare prisoners for release from prison. Other programs that are offered are general and law libraries, hobbycraft, religious services, recreation programs and barbershop.

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Prison Life

More information about life at Michigan Reformatory coming soon.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A Michigan Reformatory news section to be added later.


Michigan Reformatory photos will be posted ASAP.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Michigan Reformatory
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Michigan Reformatory.

If you have any photos of Michigan Reformatory that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you trying to find a job at a prison? Have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in the past?

If so, click here: Michigan Reformatory Jobs

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The official website: Michigan Reformatory Website

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • The right to protection from the accused.
  • The right to notification.
  • The right to attend proceedings.
  • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • The right to restitution.
  • The right to a speedy trial.
  • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

Click here to leave a comment

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Family Resources

Section about resources for family members of inmates at Michigan Reformatory coming soon.


A section with the history of Michigan Reformatory coming.

Such as:

  • Famous Michigan Reformatory inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Michigan State Prisons: Michigan State Prisons

Michigan Reformatory Links

The official website: Michigan Reformatory Website
Michigan Reformatory Jobs

Michigan Department of Corrections Links

Michigan Department of Corrections Main Website
Michigan Department of Corrections Prison Directory
Michigan Department of Corrections Prison Map
Michigan Department of Corrections Prison Jobs
Michigan Department of Corrections Prison Inmate Search
Michigan Department of Corrections Most Wanted

Michigan Department of Corrections Visitation Policies
Sending Money to a Michigan State Prison Inmate
JPay Services for Michigan State Prison Inmates
Sending Mail to Michigan State Prison Inmates
Sending Packages to Michigan State Prison Inmates
Michigan State Prison Inmate Phone Calls

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Michigan Reformatory

Have you ever been an inmate in Michigan Reformatory? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this prison?

If you have, then please write your review about it. Write down your experience so that others can learn what to expect.

Things you might want to write in the review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison facility and layout
  • Guards and staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Inmate programs and activities

If you are a prisoner at this prison, include your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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