Woodland Center Correctional Facility

The Woodland Center Correctional Facility is a Level I and Level IV Michigan state prison for male inmates with serious mental illness. These inmates are not able to function in the general prison population of a regular facility. Woodland Center opened in 2009 and has a capacity to house 362 inmates. This facility is located in Whitmore Lake, Michigan. 

The Woodland Center Correctional Facility presently houses the Inpatient Mental Health and Crisis Stabilization Program for MDOC. An infirmary and clinic provide medical services for all prisoners being housed at WCC. One housing unit houses Level I prisoners. A food serving area is located within the housing complex and the kitchen is located outside the secure perimeter.

The Crisis Stabilization Program (CSP) is a referral based program for prisoners experiencing a serious mental health crisis. The intention is to diagnose, treat and stabilize the prisoners. Individualized treatment plans are utilized to deliver optimal mental health care in an inpatient setting. 

Three levels of care exist within the facility: CSP, Acute Care (AC), and Rehabilitative Treatment Services or RTS. Prisoners move through this system as clinically indicated with the intention of discharging to lower levels of mental health care. 

WCC also has an infirmary with 23 beds providing inpatient mental health and health care to sub-acute prisoners up to and including inpatient dialysis. Approximately one hundred general population prisoners also reside at the facility, working as porters, in food service, maintenance, warehouse, clerks, and as prisoner observation aides.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting Hours at Woodland Center Correctional Facility are as follows:                                                                

Security Level                                  Visiting Days               Visiting Hours

Level 4 (GP/AC&RTS)                     Monday                         2:30pm to 5:30pm

Level 4 (GP/AC&RTS)                     Friday & Saturday        2:30pm to 8:30pm

Level 4 (CSP)                                   Saturday                       9:00am to 12:00pm

Level One                                         Sunday                        10:00am to 8:00pm

Level One                                        Monday                        5:45pm to 8:30pm

Level One                                        Thursday                      2:30pm to 8:30pm

Infirmary (in unit)                           Sunday                        2:30pm to 4:30pm

Visiting on state recognized holidays is as follows:

Security Level                                                                            State Recognized Holiday Visiting Hours

Segregation                                                                                8:30am to 10:30am

Level Four                                                                                   10:45am to 2:15pm

Level Two                                                                                     2:45pm to 5:45pm

Protective Housing                                                                     6:45pm to 8:45pm

Level One: Weekday State Recognized Holiday                    3:30pm to 8:30pm

Level One: Weekend State Recognized Holiday                   8:30am to 8:30pm

  • Level 4 prisoners are allowed 5 visits a month.
  • Level 1 prisoners are allowed 8 visits a month.
  • STG II prisoners are allowed 3 visits a month.
  • STG II prisoners are allowed 2 non-contact visits a month.

General Visiting Rules

If you would like to visit an inmate at Woodland Center Correctional Facility, the first step is to complete a Visiting Application to request approval. You must submit the Visiting Application before your visit to allow for review of the Application, and your inmate must also place you on their visitor list.

Please call the facility and ask for the Deputy Warden’s office for questions regarding the visiting application process.

You will be subject to a search by officers when you arrive for your visit. Anyone who fails 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. The black light will be used to check visitors’ hand marking when they exit the visiting room. 

A maximum of five people are allowed to visit with a prisoner at one time. Children under the age of two are not counted in that number. 

A detailed list of visiting rules at Woodland Center Correctional Facility can be found by clicking here. You can also find a complete Family Information Packet by clicking here.

All visitors will need to enter the main entrance at the front of the building. When you arrive at the entrance gate, please push the call button and a staff person will be with you momentarily. Please remember to secure cell phones in your vehicle. No tobacco products, vaping, or weapons are allowed in the facility. Please have a valid government identification on you prior to entering the facility. Any additional questions can be answered by calling the facility at 734-449-3320.  

Personal Property Allowed in the Visiting Room

You are allowed to bring the following items into the visiting room:

  • 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 “sippy cup” is permitted when a toddler is visiting.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

Dress Code

Visitors must be fully dressed in clean clothes that do not have holes and undergarments must be worn, including underpants/panties. Adult females must wear a brassiere. Clothing which exposes undergarments is prohibited. 

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. 

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 not allowed. 

Visitors are permitted to wear religious clothing and headgear into the visiting room, but they are subject to search and inspection.

Footwear is required. 

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.

Watches, including electronic wristbands, pendants, eyeglasses, and other similar items containing a camera, GPS, wireless, or electronic functions 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 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. 

Physical Address

Woodland Center Correctional Facility
9036 E. M-36
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Tva4Xzm5zvsKS1N67

General Phone Number

​(734) 449-3320

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Woodland Center Correctional Facility
9036 E. M-36
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

All inmate mail sent to the Woodland Center Correctional Facility must include 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 (www.michigan.gov/mdoc).

Prisoners may receive magazines, newspapers, and books ordered from the following Internet vendors, provided the publication is not used and is sent directly to the prisoner from the Internet vendor:

  • Amazon.com
  • Walmart.com
  • BarnesandNoble.com
  • EdwardRHamilton.com and HamiltonBooks.com
  • Prisonlegalnews.org
  • humanrightsdefensecenter.org/action/publishing/
  • Schulerbooks.com

FFP Program

The FFP Program is an approved customized package program that allows loved ones to send authorized items to inmates.The spend limit is $100, not including tax and shipping, per FFP order placed. Only one FFP order is allowed per prisoner per quarter (i.e., Jan-Mar; Apr-Jun; Jul-Sep; Oct-Dec). 

For additional information, please visit the FFP website at www.michiganpackages.com.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Woodland Center 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

The easiest way to send money to an inmate at Woodland Center Correctional Facility is via the GTL ConnectNetwork by using their Trust Fund service. 

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

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

Programs For Inmates

Phase I programming at Woodland Center includes Substance Abuse Education. Phase II includes the following programs:

  • Substance Abuse Outpatient
  • Violence Prevention Program
  • Moderate Blood Borne Pathogens Training
  • Prisoner Observation Aid training
  • Live In Aide training
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Thinking For a Change
  • Cage Your Rage
  • ACT Work Keys
  • Psychoeducational Group
  • Self-Esteem Group
  • Basic Social Skills
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Managing Negative Emotions
  • Symptom Management
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • ADL Training
  • Cognitive Skills Group
  • Coping Skills
  • Creative Arts
  • Creative Expression
  • Current Events
  • Developing Tolerance
  • Discharge Planning
  • EMU Theater
  • Feeding Group
  • Life Skills
  • Movie Discussion
  • Music Listening
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Self-Expression
  • Social Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Therapeutic Games
  • Therapeutic Reading
  • Understanding Mental Illness
  • Woodland Journal
  • Pet Therapy

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Careers at Woodland Center Correctional Facility

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