Oaks Correctional Facility (ECF)

Oaks Correctional Facility  

Manistee County  

Manistee County 

Warden Michael Burgess
1500 Caberfae Highway
Manistee, MI 49660

Telephone: (231) 723-8272
Opened: 1992
Age Limit: Males, 18 and older
Security Level: II/IV
Prisoner Capacity: 1,108                Number of Employees: 307                 

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Oaks Correctional Facility is comprised of eleven main buildings containing approximately 262,673 square feet of floor space.  Prisoners reside in seven main buildings that include one segregation unit, five general population housing units, two Level II units and three Level IV units.  Two of our level IV units are set up as an ALTERNATIVE to SEGREGATION (START Program).  Prisoners that are diagnosed with a serious mental illness are placed in one of these units in lieu of segregation and they are provided an opportunity to progress through this START program.  The mission of the START program is "To provide a secure general population alternative to administrative segregation while providing programming and other structured and unstructured out of cell activities based upon the prisoner's positive adjustment, with the goal of reintegration into traditional general population", and there is one specialized housing unit that houses prisoners whose protections needs cannot be met in a traditional general population setting and do not require placement in administrative segregation based on their conduct.

Mental Health Services


Mental health services are provided by a combination of MDOC staff and psychiatric services provided by a private contractor (Corizon Health).  An Outpatient Mental Health Team (OPMHT) manages prisoners requiring mental health services.  Mental Health Services (MHS) provides case management/ medication services to prisoners with a serious mental illness/ severe mental disorder.  Their team is comprised of a Unit Chief (Psychologist), 5 staff Psychologists and 1 Psychiatrist (Corizon Health), and a Unit Secretary.  MHS also provides programming to prisoners participating in the START program while housed in these two specialized housing units.  START programming consists of 32 sessions (2hrs/week for 16 weeks) of Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).


Oaks Correctional Facility has three full time academic staff members, one full time school secretary and a school principal who is shared with Muskegon and Brooks Correctional facilities. Academic programs offered at Oaks Correctional include Adult Basic Education and General Education Development completion (GED). Employment Readiness Programming includes digital literacy and financial literacy classes, as well as Work Keys testing and Career Scope testing with vocational counseling and qualification for state-wide Career Tech Education. An employment conselor assists inmates with obtaining vital documents, transcripts, licenses, certifications and offers resume writing workshops. Reentry Programming is offered in the form of Violence Prevention Programming (VPP), Thinking for Change, and Substance Abuse Education - Phase 1 and 2. Leisure activities include participation in athletics, religious services, along with Legal and general library services. 

In addition to traditional programming, the Oaks was also chosen by the Leader Dog for the Blind organization to train dogs for their program. Prisoners are screened and are provided training to deliver this training program to puppies received at the facility. Once the dog has completed their initial phase of the training at the prison, they are then graduated to the next level of training if they pass testing. Dogs that are not chosen to continue with Leader dog for the Blind are re-purposed to other specialized training centers. Some become companion dogs for Veterans with PTSD, some are chosen as drug sniffing or bomb sniffing dogs. 


Visiting Information

Visiting days are assigned as follows:

Housing Unit Visting Day Visiting Hours
Level 2: General Population Sunday 8:30am to 8:30pm
Level 2: General Population Monday & Friday 2:30pm to 8:30pm
Level 2: General Population State Holidays 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Level 4: General Population Thursday & Saturday 2:30pm to 8:30pm
Level 4: General Population State Holidays 5:30pm to 8:30pm
START Unit 3 B Lower only Thursday & Saturday 2:30pm to 8:30pm
START Unit 3 B Lower only State Holidays 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Protective Custody Thursday & Saturday 8:30am to 1:30pm
Protective Custody State Holidays 11:30am to 1:30pm
Segregation Monday & Friday 8:30am to 1:30pm
Segregation State Holidays 8:30am to 10:30am
START Unit 4/3 A/B (upper) Tuesday 9:30am to 12:30pm
START Unit 4/3 A/B (upper) State Holidays 8:30am to 10:30am


PLEASE NOTE: Visits start processing at 8:30 AM. 

NO VISITS are processed from 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM OR while facility count is taken.

Visiting Processing: Visitors may arrive up to 30 minutes prior to visiting hours but will not be processed until visiting hours begin.  Visitors may use the restroom and store their personal items in the visitor lockers during this time.  Visitors must comply with dress codes and remove prohibited personal items before entering the gates.  For information on dress code, please see the Visitor Information Link below.

Visitor Lockers: Visitors may retrieve a token from the front desk to obtain visitor locker keys for storing personal items in the lockers. Cell phones, cameras and other recording devices are not allowed inside our correctional facilities and should stay locked in your vehicle.  Other personal items, such as a purse, wallet or car-keys, can be secured in a locker.  For a list of other prohibited items please see the Visitor Information Link below.

Vending Machine Type: Change only is required to purchase from the vending machines.  No cards or paper money are allowed.

Photo Tickets: Visitors may purchase photo tickets from the front lobby and visiting room vending machines.  These photos may be taken home by the visitor or remain with the prisoner.  Prisoners may also purchase photo tickets through the Prisoner Store, these tickets may be brought to the visiting room on visits.

All photographs taken of prisoners will be supervised by staff and approved by staff prior to distribution to prisoner or visitor.




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