Marquette Branch Prison (MBP)


Marquette Branch Prison

Marquette County

Marquette County

Warden Erica Huss
1960 U.S. Hwy. 41 South
Marquette, MI 49855

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TELEPHONE: (906) 226-6531
OPENED: 1889
AGE LIMIT: Males, 18 and older


Marquette Branch Prison was authorized by the Michigan State Legislature in 1885. The prison was subsequently built on the shores of Lake Superior on property that was a gift to the State from the Marquette Businessmen's Association. The prison was completed in 1889 at a cost of less than $200,000.

The Level V portion of the facility has four general population housing units and two administrative segregation housing units.  The Secure Level I portion of the facility has four housing units located outside of the concrete wall surrounding Level V.  


Adult Basic Education, General Education Development, Employment Readiness and Building Trades are offered.  Outpatient Substance Abuse and Advanced Substance Abuse treatment are also provided.  Thinking for Change, Violence Prevention and Building Responsible Individualized Dynamics Gaining Essential Safety (BRIDGES) are cognitive behavioral programs offered.  In addition, mental health services are provided to those prisoners requiring outpatient mental health services.  Additional available activities include law library, general library and hobby craft.  Religious programs are coordinated by the Chaplain and utilize local clergy, community volunteers and lay people.

MBP is the Prisoner Reentry/Offender Success Facility supporting all 15 counties in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Prisoners receiving positive parole action in the Upper Peninsula requiring Prisoner Reentry services are housed at MBP.  In addition to cognitive restructuring programming, In-Reach services include employment services, transportation, housing workshops and Fast Track Release programming.  In addition, prisoners are provided In-Reach opportunities with Field Operations Administration (FOA) Field Agents, Community Resource Specialists, Treatment Specialists, faith-based groups and family reunification opportunities.

The Leader Dog for the Blind program provides MBP with seven-week-old puppies. Trained prisoners raise and train the for future Leader Dogs, so they may return to the Leader Dog campus for formal training. Graduate dogs successfully serve individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  This program ensures puppies are raised by a select team of offenders in a safe, secure environment that emphasizes the rehabilitative nature of caring for an animal.

Prisoners are provided with 24-hour access to health care.  Routine and emergent medical care is provided on-site. Serious emergency cases are treated at the local hospital or referred to Duane L. Waters Health Care in Jackson.


The perimeter security includes walls, double chain link fence, gun towers and armed patrol vehicle.