Central Michigan Correctional Facility (STF)

Pine River Correctional Facility 

Gratiot County 

Gratiot County 

Warden John Christiansen                     
320 N. Hubbard
St. Louis, MI 48880

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TELEPHONE: (989) 681-6668
OPENED: 1990                     
AGE LIMIT: Males, 18 and older


This Level I prison occupies approximately 70 acres of land in the northeast section of St. Louis, in Gratiot County. It consists of separate buildings for administration, food service, education/activity, warehouse/maintenance, prisoner housing, and transportation.  The Facility houses 2560 secure Level I prisoners. There are 16 separate housing units contained in eight buildings. All units house 160 prisoners each in a dormitory style setting.



Prisoners are prepared for their release through various programs such as psychological counseling and substance abuse treatment.  Offender Success programming includes group sessions of Thinking for a Change, MI-DV (Domestic Violence), Advanced Substance Abuse Treatment, Violence Prevention Program, job preparation workshops, family reunification, and various other programs that are conducted by staff.  Central Michigan Correctional Facility partners with Central Michigan University to provide prisoners with an opportunity to take a sociology class with current CMU students.  Central Michigan Correctional Facility has three units housing with up to 480 prisoners who have access to MSOP (Michigan Sexual Offender Programming).  MSOP provides in-unit and intensive programming with sexual offenders. Groups include psychologist lead sessions as well as self-help groups and individual study programming.  Two other housing units with up to 320 prisoners are designated for OPT (Outpatient Treatment) for prisoners.  OPT provides for the medical needs of prisoners who are challenged with a variety of disorders along with treatment sessions with psychologists.

Prisoners are provided with a variety of educational opportunities including academic and career technical education.  Academic programming includes Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), Special Education, and Title I.  Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunities include Horticulture, Employment Readiness and Building Trades (which includes Carpentry, Plumbing/Electrical, and Masonry).  CTE courses offer a variety of hands-on opportunities as well as employability soft skills.  Students in the Building Trades Carpentry, Plumbing/Electrical and Masonry/Concrete programs may receive National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification upon completion of the program.  Students in the Employment Readiness program receive Microsoft Digital Literacy certification upon completion of the core program.

Central Michigan Correctional Facility CTE programs include: Building Trades Carpentry, Masonry/Concrete, Plumbing/Electrical, and Horticulture.   STF Vocational Programs are encouraged to participate in service learning to allow prisoners to simultaneously learn and give back to the local community. The Building Trades students build wall panels, sheds, cabinets and countertops, as well as various items for local communities.  The Horticulture students grow trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables utilizing the latest horticultural methods.  The program has a strong focus on the science behind the methods and uses composting, Integrated Pest Management, raised bed gardening and other current concepts to keep up with the newest best practices in the Horticulture Industry.   Central Michigan Correctional Facility Horticulture program is also partnered with Michigan Department of Natural Resources in a tree growing project through a federally funded grant. The Horticulture program also grows flats of flowers that are donated to the City of St. Louis, City of Alma, and local charitable organizations each spring and grows several hundreds of pounds of vegetables that are donated each year to local food banks.

Prisoners are provided with on-site routine medical and dental care. Serious problems are treated at the department's Duane L. Waters Health Care in Jackson, and emergencies are referred to the local hospital. 


The perimeter security includes a buffer fence, double chain link fences, razor-ribbon wire, electronic detection systems, an armed patrol vehicle and gun towers.