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
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.
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekends and holidays
7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Mon-Fri
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays.
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon-Fri only, excluding holidays.
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.
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.