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Charles Egeler Reception & Guidance Center (RGC)

3855 Cooper St. , Jackson, Michigan 49201

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(517) 780-5600
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Charles Egeler Reception & Guidance Center (RGC) Visiting Information:

The prisoner must complete a Visitor List form (CAJ-334) identifying immediate family members* and not more than 10 other potential visitors. Those persons the prisoner has placed on his/her visiting list must complete a Visiting Application (CAJ-103) to request approval to visit. The Visiting Application must be submitted in advance to allow for review of the Application. INCLUDING A SELF-ADDRESSED-STAMPED ENVELOPE WHEN THE APPLICATION IS RETURNED WILL ENSURE THAT THE PROPOSED VISITOR IS PROVIDED NOTIFICATION OF HIS/HER APPROVAL OR DENIAL TO VISIT. NO VISITS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHOUT THIS APPROVAL.

*Immediate Family Member: A grandparent, parent, stepparent, spouse, mother-in-law, father-in-law, child, step-child, grandchild, sibling, half-sibling, stepbrother and stepsister. An aunt or uncle may be included if adequate verification is provided that they served as a surrogate parent. If there is inadequate documentation in the prisoner's file to confirm this relationship, the prisoner or family member will be required to provide the documentation necessary to adequately confirm the relationship.

A proposed visitor shall be approved for placement on the prisoner's approved visitors list if all of the following criteria are met:

The proposed visitor is not subject to a current visitor restriction.
The proposed visitor is not a prisoner or a former prisoner in any jurisdiction. However, prisoner or former prisoner who is an immediate family member may be placed on the prisoner's approved visitors list with prior approval of the Warden of the facility where the visit will occur.
The proposed visitor is not on parole or probation in any jurisdiction as a result of a felony conviction. However, a parolee or probationer who is an immediate family member may be placed on the prisoner's approved visitors list with prior approval of the Warden of the facility where the visit will occur and written approval of the supervising field agent.
The person is 18 years of age or older, an emancipated minor, or the minor child, stepchild, grandchild, sibling, step-sibling or half-sibling of the prisoner. However, a minor child, stepchild, grandchild, sibling, step-sibling or half-sibling of the prisoner shall not be approved for placement on the prisoner's approved visitors list under any of the following circumstances.
The Department is notified that there is a court order prohibiting visits between the minor child and prisoner;
The Department is notified that the parental rights of the prisoner for his/her child have been terminated;
The prisoner has been convicted of child abuse, criminal sexual conduct or any other assaultive or violent behavior against the minor or sibling of the minor unless an exception has been granted by the Director upon request of the warden. The warden will be notified in writing if an exception is granted.
The proposed visitor is not on another prisoner's approved visitors list except as an immediate family member. In other words, a visitor may be on the list of all prisoners who are immediate family members, but only on the list of one prisoner who is not an immediate family member.
If the proposed visitor is a Department employee, s/he may visit only as set forth in the Employee Handbook.
If the proposed visitor is a volunteer, s/he may visit only as set forth in Policy Directive 03.02.105 "Volunteer Program".

Notwithstanding the above, the warden may deny placement of anyone on a prisoner's approved visitor list for the safety or security of the facility, protection of the public, previous violations of visiting room rules by the proposed visitor or for other reasonable cause as determined by the warden.

Charles Egeler Reception & Guidance Center (RGC) Additional information:


Mail - Sending Mail to a Prisoner


Per PD 05.03.118 - Prisoner Mail, mail is considered any written, typed or printed communication of information, including magazines, catalogs, books and photographs.  Stamps, stickers, and similar items do not communicate information and thus are not considered mail for purposes of this policy even if delivered through the mail.   

Mail is prohibited if it is a threat to the security, good order, or discipline of the facility, may facilitate or encourage criminal activity, or may interfere with the rehabilitation of the prisoner which includes:  Mail violating federal or state law, mail violating postal regulations, mail containing physical contraband, which is defined as any property that a prisoner is not specifically authorized to possess or that is from an unauthorized source, mail containing a criminal plan or conspiracy, mail containing threats, mail addressed to anyone who has objected to receiving mail from the prisoner sending the mail, mail describing or depicting sexual acts or nude photographs, and/or mail for the purpose of operating a business enterprise from within the facility.

When writing to a prisoner using the US Postal Service, the envelope must include the address of the facility where the prisoner is located 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 (www.michigan.gov/corrections). Below is an example:

John A. Smith, #123456

Michigan Correctional Facility

123 Prison Street

Anytown, MI 48909

Duration:

No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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  1. Bea says:

    I filled our my visitor application and not sure where i take it too?

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi,
      The mailing address is RGC,3855 Cooper St., Jackson, MI 49201. I would call the prison, 517-780-5600, to confirm the mailing address for your visitor application and do not forget to include a self addressed envelope for their decision regarding your visitation.

  2. Lakesha Sims says:

    Can I fill out a visitors form online?

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi,

      I would call RGC to confirm that you can fill out a visitors form online. Go back to our RGC page and you will find the telephone number for RGC.

  3. Stacy says:

    Are we allowed to touch the prisoners? Hug kiss etc…

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi,

      At some prisons, you can hug and kiss the inmate at the beginning of the visit and at the end of the visit. A review of the prison’s web site does not indicate an answer to your question.You can call the prison and find out the prison’s policy regarding physical contact with an inmate during visitation. You can also check with the correctional officers when you arrive for visitation.

  4. connie says:

    i have a son in RGC please can you help me ?i have not heard from him .i got one letter and one phonecall but that was it .i no he got money in his account . but i dont no if he got it yet .im going out of my mind with worrying . please tell me something. his name is troy johnson #229505. please help me .i no if he did get that money he would have wrote me by now,or called me from a worryed mother connie

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi,

      I would recommend that you visit him if you can to find out whether he has received the payment. If you cannot visit, then write to him. You can also contact the facility to determine what happened to the payment.

  5. new2this says:

    Where can I get the visitation application

  6. Mark sr. says:

    How do I find out inmates number so I can write a letter. I cant get through on the phone. Thanks

  7. anon says:

    How do i go about writing to an inmate? I have been unable to fund addresses etc! Please help.

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi,

      Try using our inmate locators on the home page to find your inmate. You need the name of the inmate, the inmate’s ID. No., and the full prison address in order to write the inmate.

  8. Rains says:

    What would I have to do if I wanted to send a letter to a inmate?

  9. Ashley says:

    I have a Jackson address but when I google map it , it’s showing me directions to Lansing I’m trying to get an idea of how far my friend is for when I’m allowed to come visit are the directions correct?

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Ashley,

      Jackson Michigan is 45 minutes away from Lansing Michigan. I would recommend trying Mapquest for driving directions.

  10. tara says:

    is there a chaplain at RGC?

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Tara,

      Most prisons have a full time chaplain or part-time chaplain. There can be more than one chaplain depending on the size of the prison. I would recommend calling directly the facility to confirm.

  11. Rikki says:

    I want to write to an inmate, not sure which ID# I’m supposed to use, the MDOC or the SID?

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Rikki,

      Please note the following information about mailing:

      Mail – Sending Mail to a Prisoner
      Per PD 05.03.118 – Prisoner Mail, mail is considered any written, typed or printed communication of information, including magazines, catalogs, books and photographs. Stamps, stickers, and similar items do not communicate information and thus are not considered mail for purposes of this policy even if delivered through the mail.

      Mail is prohibited if it is a threat to the security, good order, or discipline of the facility, may facilitate or encourage criminal activity, or may interfere with the rehabilitation of the prisoner which includes: Mail violating federal or state law, mail violating postal regulations, mail containing physical contraband, which is defined as any property that a prisoner is not specifically authorized to possess or that is from an unauthorized source, mail containing a criminal plan or conspiracy, mail containing threats, mail addressed to anyone who has objected to receiving mail from the prisoner sending the mail, mail describing or depicting sexual acts or nude photographs, and/or mail for the purpose of operating a business enterprise from within the facility.

      When writing to a prisoner using the US Postal Service, the envelope must include the address of the facility where the prisoner is located 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 (www.michigan.gov/corrections). Below is an example:

      John A. Smith, #123456

      Michigan Correctional Facility

      123 Prison Street

      Anytown, MI 48909

      Additional information can be found in PD 05.03.118 – Prisoner Mail Policy.

  12. My son, William Denson, Jr. is in your facility. #400921. I understand that I must fill out an application to visit him. How do I get the application?

    My email address is originalt@cs.com. My phone number is 616-868-6919

    Thank you.
    Sharon Densib

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Sharon,

      For the visitor application, click this link.

      For information about prison life, click this link.

      Please be advised that your e-mail address is not working.

  13. Can I send my husband pictures while hes at the RGC??????

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Margaret,

      I am assuming that we are discussing normal family pictures. It should not be a problem.
      For information about prison survival for an inmate, click this link.

  14. My son has just been sentenced today on 6/26, and I was told he is being sent to your facility (Charles Egeler), possibly today. How do I find out his inmate ID# to send him money? I am also confused about whether his son and I will be able to visit him there and how we can write to him. I would truly appreciate any help because I don’t know who to go to for information and this is a very frightening time.
    Thank you so much and God Bless,
    Kim Roth

  15. My son told me yesterday that there are NO fans available in the unit where he is housed. He said there are fans on the ‘other side’. With the current heat wave advisory; I believe it’s inhumane and cruel to house inmates 23 hours in a cell without adequate ventilation and cooling.

  16. My soon to be husband got transfered today up there and I need to talk to him he came into a larg amount of money and people are stealing from him I really need to talk to him before he gets robbed please his name is jason eidam this is an emergency

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Jessica,

      We recommend that you call the prison chaplain for assistance. You may want to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

  17. sam says:

    can u visit someone if they r not family

    • PrisonPath says:

      Sam,

      If you review the additional information section about visitation,you will read that a visitor does not have to be a family member.
      For information about prison life, read the 25 Rules.

  18. Hi, I have a question regarding reading material, u said books, magazines and things like that does the reading material have to wrapped up or shipped a certain way in order for inmates to be able to received them?

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Mrs. Houston

      You cannot ship the books, etc. to the inmate. You have the seller, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Etc. ship directly to the inmate. Make sure you have the prison’s correct address and the inmate’s full name and ID. NO. for the seller
      For additional information about prison life, read the 25 Rules.