Carson City Correctional Facility

The current prison complex known as Carson City Correctional Facility was created in 2009 when it consolidated with the Boyer Road Correctional Facility. Carson City East is the former Boyer Road Correctional Facility which houses Level I inmates, and Carson City West houses multiple custody levels as well as inmates in segregation.

Carson City Correctional Facility East houses 1,120 secure Level I prisoners. There are no individual cells. Prisoner housing units consist of open bays, with 140 prisoners in each of the eight units.

Carson City Correctional Facility West has 474 employees and the capacity to house 2,526 adult prisoners. West consists of seven housing units; one unsecured Level I unit with 120 beds (currently closed), three Level II units with 720 beds, two Level IV units with 384 beds, and a 22-bed temporary segregation unit. 

All West units, except temporary segregation, are double bunked. This facility has a Food Service Building, school, health care, and indoor activity areas on both the West and East sides.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting Hours at Carson City Correctional Facility East (Boyer Rd.) are as follows:

Level I
Monday, Thursday, and Friday                 3:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday                                9:30 am - 8:00 pm

Visiting hours at Carson City Correctional Facility West are:

Level IV
Thursday                                                    3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday                                                     8:30 am - 9:30 pm

Level II
Monday and Friday                                 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday                                                      8:30 am - 9:30 pm

Monday & Friday                                    8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Level I
Monday, Thursday, Friday                    3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday                               8:30 am - 9:00 pm

General Visiting Rules

All prisoners must complete a Visitor List form to identify immediate family members and no more than 10 other potential visitors. Those persons the prisoner has placed on his/her visiting list must complete a Visiting Application to request approval to visit. The Visiting Application must be submitted in advance to allow for review of the Application.

A maximum of five persons may participate in a visit with a prisoner. Children less than two years of age will not be counted in that number. 

Searches will be completed in accordance with DOC policy, and any visitors who fail to clear the metal detector after two attempts will be screened by use of a handheld metal detector.

Visitors may arrive up to 30 minutes prior to visiting hours but will not be processed until visiting hours begin. Visitors may use the restroom and store their personal items in the visitor lockers during this time. Visitors must comply with dress codes and remove prohibited personal items before entering the gates. 

Personal locker rental is $.25 which is returnable upon completion of the visit. Cell phones, cameras and other recording devices are not allowed inside correctional facilities and must stay locked in your vehicle. Other personal items, such as a purse, wallet and car keys can be secured in a locker. For a list of other prohibited items see Visiting Standards.

For a complete list of visiting rules at Carson City Correctional Facility, click here.

Dress Code

  • Visitors must be fully dressed in clean clothes that do not have holes
  • Undergarments must be worn including underpants/panties; adult females must wear a brassiere. 
  • Clothing which exposes excessive skin (e.g., abdomen, breast, chest, back, thigh, etc.) is prohibited. This clothing includes, but is not limited to, see-through clothing, tube/halter tops, and shorts or skirts/dresses that are more than 3” above the knee. 
  • A visitor who is fourteen years of age or younger must be attired in clothing which covers his/her body from the base of the neck to the top of the knees. T-Shirt and shorts/trousers are acceptable, but a sundress is not acceptable. 
  • Clothing which exposes undergarments is prohibited. 
  • Extreme form-fitting clothing, including but not limited to yoga pants, running tights, jeggings, unitards, etc. may not be worn as outer garments. 
  • Clothing which displays words, symbols, gestures, or pictures that may be perceived as obscene or inflammatory are prohibited. 
  • Outer garments such as shawls/ponchos/lightweight coats/jackets (including denim and jogging suit jackets), winter coats/jackets, shrugs, vests, headgear, gloves, or outer boots that slip over a shoe are not allowed in the visiting room. Blazers, suit coats, and sweaters are permissible. Note: Hooded garments are prohibited. 
  • Visitors are permitted to wear religious clothing and headgear (e.g., Hijab, yarmulke, turban, habit, etc.), into the visiting room; they are subject to search and inspection. It may be necessary for MDOC staff to search/inspect these items at any time during the visiting process. 
  • Footwear must be worn at all times. 
  • Jewelry worn by visitors will be itemized on entry and on leaving the visiting area. Jewelry is limited to no more than ten pieces. Note: Jewelry which includes an open compartment or space designed to contain photographs, hair, ashes, etc. is prohibited (e.g., lockets, rings, charms, vials, etc.). 

Also prohibited are watches, including electronic wristbands, pendants, eyeglasses, and other similar items containing a camera, GPS, wireless, or electronic functions. 

Personal Property Allowed in the Visiting Room

The following list is all-inclusive: 

  • Locker key
  • Visitor pass
  • Identification card
  • Prepaid vending cards - A vending machine card may be purchased in the lobby for $1 and also reloaded for each visit with a maximum amount of $25.00 per visitor or no more than $60 per group visit.
  • When an infant is on the visit: Two, clear plastic bottles, one pacifier, and one single-layered baby blanket (no quilt or comforter style). A clear, plastic, spill-proof cup “sippy cup” is permitted when a toddler is a member of the visiting party. 
  • Medications and/or medical equipment (e.g., wheelchair, cane, walker, oxygen equipment, prosthesis, etc.) which may be needed by a visitor during a visit are permitted with the approval of the shift commander.
  • A service animal which provides service for a disabled visitor is permitted to accompany the visitor while in the visiting room. A service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. 
  • Photo tickets - Visitors may purchase photo tickets from the lobby vending machine. All photographs of prisoners will be supervised by staff and approved prior to distribution to prisoner or visitor.  All photographs will be limited to one prisoner per photograph. 
  • Immediate family members may bring legal documents in on a visit for review only with the prisoner. The documents cannot be left with the prisoner nor left at the front desk for the prisoner. These items are subject to search before being taken into the visiting room. 

Physical Address

Carson City Correctional Facility
10274 Boyer Road
Carson City, MI 48811

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

​(989) 584-3941

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Carson City Correctional Facility
10274 Boyer Road
Carson City, MI 48811

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Carson City Correctional Facility, but they do have access to phones and are allowed to make monitored outgoing calls during approved hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Michigan, please click here.

How to Send Money

You can send money to an inmate at Carson City Correctional Facility via the GTL ConnectNetwork with their Trust Fund service. 

After creating a ConnectNetwork account and selecting Carson City Correctional Facility and your inmate to add to your account, you can deposit money into his Trust Fund (commissary) account at any time. Deposit amounts vary, but the most common denominations are between $10 and $100. All funds appear on the inmate’s account quickly, efficiently, and accurately.

While using this website is the easiest and fastest way to make a Trust Fund deposit, there are several different payment options available. Note: all Trust Fund deposits are final; there are no refunds issued.

Programs For Inmates

Carson City Correctional Facility West is committed to providing academic, technical, and workplace skills training for adult prisoners. Academic programs include Adult Basic Education (ABE) to help prisoners achieve their General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Educational programs also include Employment Readiness, and vocational training which includes Food Service Hospitality Management for adult prisoners sentenced to the Michigan Department of Corrections. 

The goal of Carson City Correctional Facility is to involve all prisoners in meaningful programs to enhance their skills upon release from incarceration. Programs offered include Violence Prevention Programming (VPP), Thinking for a Change (TFC), MiDVP - Michigan Domestic Violence, as well as other self-help programs. Substance Abuse programming includes Substance Abuse Phase II, Advanced Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  

Eligible prisoners in Level II and Secure Level I have the opportunity to train dogs with Paws with a Cause program. 

Religious activities are coordinated through the facility’s Chaplain and offer a wide range of active religions.

Carson City Correctional Facility houses over 550 Outpatient Mental Health (OPMH) prisoners in all custody levels. The Outpatient Mental Health Team provides mental health treatment and services to prisoners with a mental disability and/or behavioral disorder. Services provided include case management, medication monitoring, group therapy, and crisis management. Brief therapy services are also provided to any prisoner at the facility. 

Peer Support services have been offered at Carson City Correctional Facility since 2016 where prisoners meet Peer-to-Peer to offer support and coping skills. Additionally, the facility has two Secure Level I Michigan Sex Offender Program (MSOP) Residential Treatment Units which focus on provision of MSOP, Treatment Readiness for You (TRY), and self-help groups with the goal of “No more victims.” Sex offenders utilize the Good Lives model to gain insight into their offending behavior and to identify appropriate means to meet life goals instead of their previous deviant patterns. 

Prisoners are provided on-site dental and medical services. Emergencies are referred to the local hospital and serious medical problems are treated at Duane Waters Hospital in Jackson.

Academic programming is available at Carson City East to assist prisoners in preparing for GED completion. Prisoners who have already attained their high school diploma or GED also have the opportunity to obtain vocational training in building trades, office occupations and horticulture. 

Routine work assignments are available to prisoners, as well as employment opportunities at the Michigan State Industries garment factory. The Boyer Road Correctional Facility (AKA Carson City East) is involved in the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative.

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Careers at Carson City Correctional Facility

If you are interested in a career with the Michigan Department of Corrections at the Carson City Correctional Facility, you can find job listings by clicking here.