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Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Indiana was established in 1860. It is a maximum security Indiana Department of Corrections prison for adult males. The Indiana State Prison also has a minimum security housing unit. The prison is located 50 miles east of Chicago. The average daily inmate population in 2011 was 2,165. John Dillinger remains the most famous prisoners of the Indiana State Prison.

The Indiana State Prison’s first perimeter wall enclosed 8.3 acres and each wall was 600 feet long. Through the years, as additional room was needed, the facility was enlarged to 24 acres inside the wall. There are ten gun towers on the walls and they are manned everyday, 24 hours. Both prisons in Michigan City and Jeffersonville were named the Indiana State Prison, one designated Prison North and the other Prison South. In 1922, Prison South was destroyed by a fire and the designation was no longer necessary, and this prison became the oldest facility in the system. Prior to 1952, a Board of Trustees and the Warden managed each facility. In l952, the Department of Correction was founded, which eliminated the necessity for the Boards.

Indiana State Prison is the oldest facility in the system and the staff takes pride in keeping the buildings and grounds clean and presentable. Each spring and summer the sidewalks are lined with flowers, as are certain areas inside the wall. The prison is designated a “level four” maximum security facility, which houses offenders with very long sentences and/or individuals convicted of violent crimes.

Also located on the prison grounds is a “level two” facility, formerly known as Lakeside Correctional Facility. It has a capacity for 385 offenders, and the prison uses their offenders to maintain the grounds, building maintenance and food preparation for the Staff Dining Room.

Indiana State Prison Related Files

A History of ISP
Indiana State Prison Fact Sheet
Indiana State Prison 150th Anniversary Brochure

How do I send mail to an inmate in the Indiana State Prison?

To write to an offender, you need the offender’s name and DOC number (see Indiana State Prison inmate search below for details). All incoming and outgoing mail is opened, examined, and read by designated facility staff.

Indiana State Prison
Inmate Full Name, DOC #
1 Park Row
Michigan City, IN 46360

How do I visit an offender in the Indiana State Prison?

In order to visit an offender, an individual must be on the offender’s visitors list. The offender has been given information on how to put someone on his/her visitors list, and it is their responsibility to do so. If you wish to visit an offender, please contact them and request that your name be added to their visitors list and that they send you a copy of the visitation application. The application is not available online; it must come directly from the offender. Visiting applications must be filled out completely in order to be processed. The completed application must be mailed to the offender’s IDOC facility. Faxes and emails are not accepted.

If you are uncertain as to whether you are on the offender’s visitors list or to check the status of your application, please write the offender you wish to visit. It is the responsibility of the offender to notify their visitor of the outcome.

Please remember to always contact the facility before coming to visit, for the latest visit updates. Call 219-874-7256, press #.

All times are Central Standard Time.

Attorney Visits: Advance notification for attorney visits is suggested due to limited space. Attorney visits are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily. Reservations required and must be made prior to weekend visits, by the Thursday before the visit.

General Population:
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekends and holidays

Administrative Segregation:
7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Mon-Fri
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays.

Administrative Non-Contact:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon-Fri only, excluding holidays.

Disciplinary Segregation:
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Mon-Fri, excluding holidays

7:00a.m. – 10.30a.m. Mon-Fri
3:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. weekends & holidays

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily.

For more information please see the IDOC Visitation Policy and Visitation Guidelines

Can I communicate with an inmate in the Indiana State Prison over the internet?

No. Offenders are not permitted access to the internet, nor can they have personal computers in their cells. Offenders may use computers if their educational program merits it in a supervised lab.

Indiana State Prison Inmate Search

Inmate search provides information about current persons in custody of the Indiana State Prison. Inmate roster usually includes the following information: booking or admission time, first and last name, gender, race, age or date of birth. Sometimes more detailed inmate records are provided (case number, charges, bail/bond amount, previous charges, photo, address, sentence information, commitment information, disciplinary infractions, disciplinary appeals, parole action, parole placement, work program, detainer/ warrants, profile classification, etc.).

Inmate Search in Indiana State Prison is provided by Indiana State Prison itself or by other third party. We do not guarantee accuracy of the information provided by Indiana State Prison inmate search service. Be aware, that inmate information for different jails and prisons has different update periodicity. Usually inmate rosters are updated as new innmates data becomes available. Please see Indiana State Prison website for more information. Typically online inmate lists should not be considered an official record or an official inmate roster. Official records and inmate rosters are kept by Indiana State Prison.

Indiana State Prison Most Wanted

Most wanted persons listed by Indiana State Prison may be armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to apprehend a wanted person on your own. If you know someone listed on the Indiana State Prison most wanted persons, please contact the detention facility office (see contacts of the Indiana State Prison below).

Indiana State Prison Contact Details

La Porte County
1 Park Row Michigan City, IN, 46360
41.7034595, -86.9140873
(219) 874-7258
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