As of today, there are 32 active state prison in the state of Michigan. Most of them do not have a stellar record of making sure the inmates have proper living conditions.

Prisons Info compiled a list of the worst prisons or correctional facilities in the entire state.

Sadly, three of the most problematic jails or prisons are located in West Michigan.

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Coming in at number 4 on the list is Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon.

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Phelps County Sheriff Department

This correctional facility houses over 1,200 male inmates on Level I, II, and IV security levels.

"While the prison is best known for some of the best services and facilities that it offers, such as library, education programs, substance abuse treatment, group counseling, sex offender treatment, religious services, and more, however, there is a much darker side to the prison which is due to the lack of control guards have in prison."

Plus, like many jails in the country, this prison is overcrowded, which causes low hygenie and poor sanitation services.

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Coming in at number two is the Carson City Correctional Facility (DRF).

Located in Carson City, the DRF is a 4 security level prison for adult male inmates.

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Carson City

Back in 2019, an inmate got a hold of his phone and recorded a video of everything that goes on inside the prison.

"The video showed how common gang fights are, how easy it is for inmates aged 18 to smoke substances, and even more, showing the prison is home to drug dealings."


What Is The Worst Jail In Michigan?

Prisons Info shared that the number one worst prison is Ionia Correctional Facility.

Founded in 1987, ICF is a I-Max or maximum security prison with max security units for male inmates.

IFC is also,

"famous for multiple riots, drug abuse, prison fights, and mysterious deaths of inmates. In this prison, it is not just the inmates getting killed or murdered but also the guards who are constantly assaulted whenever they get a chance since the prison has been suffering from staff shortages. The staff shortage is also a reason why guards in this prison choose to send inmates to solitary confinement whenever they feel someone might cause trouble."

Besides the maximum security side, the prison also has minimum security levels for inmates that are not charged with any serious crimes.

This prison is also accused of being overcrowded.

If you want to see the full list, you can view it here.

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