The state of Michigan has only one type of short-term confinement for adult offenders; these are called jails. There are eighty-three county jails in Michigan. They hold pretrial detainees and people who were just arrested. Both felons, and misdemeanor offenders may be held in jails, but felons will eventually be remanded to prison.
Each local jail is owned and operated by the local county or town where it is located. The Sheriff’s Department is the law enforcement agency in charge of managing these facilities and all Michigan county jail inmate records. Anyone searching for a person in a Michigan county jail won’t have any trouble performing a Michigan local county jail inmate search. Most counties have their own websites with an inmate locator feature on them.
A building which is now called “Old Jail” in Big Rapids, Michigan is the oldest jail in the state. It was used as a local county jail from 1893 to 1965. It has since been renovated and is now used as a community center.
Many local county jails in Michigan have varying degrees of custody and programs and services for inmates held there. Some petty criminals will be sentenced to stay in jail for their entire term. Therefore, the local county jails need to be more than just short-term facilities.
Some counties like Wayne County offer inmates, educational programs, drug rehabilitation, vocational training, and also work-release programs. They also provide parenting help and specialized services for veterans. The local county Sheriff’s Office has a website with information on visitation for family and friends, phone calls, sending money or gifts and details on how the jail works and their process. Additionally, inmates in Michigan jails have access to medical treatment, ministry services, recreation, and some even offer special diets for those who need them.
Some low-risk jail inmates are allowed out on a tether which is an electronic device that monitors their GPS location, and blood alcohol levels. It automatically alerts the local police if the offender violates the rules.
There are roughly 17,000 people in local county jails all over the state of Michigan. A high number of inmates in local county jails are there due to parole and probation violations. After that, federal violations, alcohol-related charges, and domestic violence rank high on the reasons someone is in jail. Armed robbery is among those offenses as well.