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.
Any questions regarding processing of money orders and guaranteed checks should be directed to JPay at (866) 333-5729. Prisoners will be able to submit questions regarding funds to JPay directly from the kiosk located in their housing unit.
JPay will continue to accept deposits to inmate's accounts electronically at www.jpay.com. The information below covers how to use electronic deposits.
Deposited Funds are subject to collection by the Department to pay for obligations imposed by the sentencing court or the Michigan Department of Corrections in accordance with applicable Department policies.
Marriage - Marrying a Prisoner Marriage within the prison facilities is allowed. You must first write a letter to the Chaplain at the Correctional Facility where the prisoner is housed indicating that you want to marry Prisoner (prisoner's name), MDOC # (prisoner's number). Follow any instructions the Chaplain may provide, and provide copies of any documents requested.
The prisoner must also write a "kite" to the Chaplain at the correctional facility. The correspondence should state his or her intention to marry you, and ask for the information needed to plan a wedding. The Chaplain should respond to the prisoner within a week. If he/she does not, the prisoner should re-kite the Chaplain.
A marriage license must be obtained at the court house in YOUR county of residence. If you do not live in the State of Michigan, a marriage license must be obtained from the court house in county where the prisoner is currently located. Contact the court house in advance and ask what documentation is required to obtain a marriage license.
Weddings are scheduled based on the availability of time, space and staff work schedules. The Chaplain will require time to schedule the wedding. On the day of the wedding bring with you all documentation requested by the Chaplain. The prisoner's ring cannot be more than $75 and must be a plain band (without stones or insignia). For more information, please contact the Chaplain at the facility where the prisoner is currently housed.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.