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
No time limit unless space availability is limited.