Lakeland Correctional Facility

Lakeland Correctional Facility is a Level II Michigan state prison for male inmates that is located in Coldwater, Michigan. This facility provides mainly dormitory-style housing containing 16 units which includes housing for geriatric prisoners.

The 16 housing units at the Lakeland Correctional Facility include two different rescue dog training programs.  The greyhound program has been at the facility since late 2006 and will have 20 dogs for 10 weeks. The Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan has been at the facility since 2008 and will have 14 dogs for 10 weeks.

The facility has a separate Food Service Building, two schools, and indoor activity areas.  

The perimeter includes a double fence, electronic detection systems, rolls of razor-ribbon wire.  A patrol road surrounds the perimeter of the facility and a vehicle responds to all detection system alarms.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting Hours at Lakeland Correctional Facility are as follows:

Mon, Thu & Fri               2:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday       9:00 am - 9:00 pm

General Visiting Rules

All potential visitors must be placed on the inmate’s visiting list, and the visitor must also complete a Visiting Application to request approval to visit an inmate. You must submit the Visiting Application in advance to allow for review of the Application.

A maximum of five persons are allowed to visit with a prisoner at one time. Children less than two years of age will not be counted in that number. 

Searches will be completed, and visitors who fail to clear the metal detector after two attempts will be screened by use of a handheld metal detector. The facility will also use the black light hand marking system for visitors. The black light will be used to check the hand marking on exit from the visiting room. 

For a complete list of visiting rules at Lakeland Correctional Facility, click here. You can also find a complete Family Information Packet by clicking 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 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
  • Money for vending machines – a maximum amount of $25.00 per visitor or no more than $60 per group visit.
  • For visitors with infants: 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 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. 
  • 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

Lakeland Correctional Facility
141 First St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

​(517) 278-6942

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Lakeland Correctional Facility
141 First St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

All inmate mail sent to Lakeland Correctional Facility using the US mail system must include the address of the facility as well as the offender’s name and MDOC number. If you do not know this information, you can search the OTIS Database located on the MDOC’s website (

FFP Program

The FFP Program is a Department-approved customized package program that allows family members and others to send authorized items to prisoners while safeguarding against the introduction of contraband.  

The spend limit is $100, not including tax and shipping, per FFP order placed. Only one FFP order may be placed by or for a prisoner per quarter (i.e., Jan-Mar; Apr-Jun; Jul-Sep; Oct-Dec). 

For additional information, please visit the FFP website at

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Lakeland 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 Lakeland Correctional Facility via the GTL ConnectNetwork with their Trust Fund service. 

You must create a ConnectNetwork account and then select Lakeland Correctional Facility, and your inmate before you can deposit money into the Trust Fund (commissary) account.

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

Prisoner Education is committed to providing academic, technical, and workplace skills training for prisoners designed to enhance their ability to acquire and maintain a job upon release. This is accomplished within a continuous quality improvement environment which contains cost while providing the most effective programs to ensure every prisoner obtains a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or an Industry-Recognized Certification in Vocational Training prior to leaving prison.  

Education programs include Employment Readiness (ER), Adult Basic Education and General Education Development preparation. Vocational training is available in the Food Service Technology Program.

Core Programming includes Violence Prevention Programming (VPP) High and Moderate, Thinking for a Change (T4C), BRIDGES (Domestic Violence Programming), and Advanced Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT). Elective Programming includes Violence Support Groups, Cage your Rage and Chance for Life. Law Library and General Library services are available.

Religious activities are coordinated through the facilities Chaplin and offer a wider range of active religions.

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

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Careers at Lakeland Correctional Facility

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