Parnall Correctional Facility (SMT)

Parnall Correctional Facility 

Jackson County 

Jackson County 

Warden Dave Shaver                       1780 East Parnall Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201


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TELEPHONE: 517-780-6004 OPENED: 1926

AGE LIMIT: Males, 18 and older
 (Minimum Security)



The Parnall Correctional Facility opened in 1926 and is a Secure Level I (minimum security section of the former State Prison of Southern Michigan). The Facility is on approximately 45 acres of land. There are five housing units, as well as an additional 21 buildings. SMT houses nearly 1,700 level one adult male prisoners ranging from 18 years of age and older.

The weatherized pole buildings have sealed concrete slab flooring and plaster board covered walls.  The bricked structures are built of brick, mortar, steel and glass.

The facility serves as an in-reach site for the entire state of Michigan as we parole returning citizens to all 83 counties within Michigan. As an in-reach facility, we are charged with the task of readying prisoners for a successful transition to their community.



The Education Department offers Adult Basic Education with the emphasis on achieving General Education Diploma (GED). Michigan Law requires prisoners to achieve their GED prior to paroling. We also offer Special Education and Vocational Programs through the Vocational Village, as follows: auto mechanics, concrete, masonry, truck driving, fork-lift, building trades, CNC and robotics. The Education Department also offers employment readiness programs.

We provide an extensive range of self-help programs: AA/NA, Substance Abuse (Phase II), and a number of cognitive restructuring programs including Michigan Sex Offender Programming, Thinking for a Change and Violence Prevention to assist with anger management and decision making in all areas of one's life. There is also MiDVP (Michigan Domestic Violence Programing).

With our current prison population, almost every faith is represented, and the facility has a separate building which serves as the Chapel for all religious faiths.

We have over 171 volunteers coming into the Facility to assist us in providing services to the population.

The Facility has on-site health care services. More serious cases are referred to Duane L. Waters Hospital, local hospitals, and health care providers. Mental health services are provided by an integrated team of psychologists, psychiatrists, and licensed counseling staff.

Food Service, maintenance, yard crews, and regional store operations serve major employment for the prisoner population. Prisoners are required to work unless prohibited for health reasons.

The following leisure time activities are offered: recreation, hobby craft, music, writing, poetry and art programs.

Prisoners have access to a general and law library.


The perimeter of the facility consists of a double chain link fence with sensor alarms, concertina wire, security cameras and a response vehicle.