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04-18-2005, 01:31 PM
Marquette County Jail

236 West Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855

(906) 225-8435

Mike Lovelace

The 80-bed Marquette County Jail may also house up to 10 federal inmates. The three-story facility has blocks on each floor where the inmates are classified based on the severity of their crimes.

The Marquette County Jail is one of the top-rated jails in the State of Michigan.

Programs Offered for Jail Inmates

Day Parole/Work Release - Enables inmates to maintain employment within the community during incarceration, with the expectation that employment will continue upon completion of sentence. Offenders are released on a pass program to go to and from work according to a schedule provided by the employer and approved by the jail. Cost to the offender is $20 per day while on the program.

Day Parole/School Release - Enables inmates to maintain enrollment in an accredited school for the purpose of fulfilling meaningful educational goals. The program also allows for eligible clients to be released for employment training through employers or service programs in the community. Verification of enrollment and schooling approval are required prior to release on pass.

Day Parole/Treatment Release - Enables inmates to attend various substance abuse treatment programs within the community during incarceration with the intention of continuing treatment and abstinence after release from jail.

In-House Adult Ed/GED - Inmates are able to enroll in the Marquette Community Schools Adult Education and General Equivalence Diploma (GED) programs. These two programs have been combined into one. A certified teacher from the Marquette Area Schools comes to the jail twice per week for 2-hour sessions. Inmates can acquire GED certification and/or high school credit.

In-House Substance Abuse - Enables inmates to enroll in in-house substance abuse programs such as Health Education for Living Productively (H.E.L.P), a group instructed by a substance abuse counselor from Marquette General Hospital. Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous are both headed by volunteers from the community. Substance abuse screening and assessments are also available. In addition, inmates are able to sign up for residential treatment programs and, if eligible, are released from jail pending availability of beds.

Employment Program - Enables inmates to acquire job-seeking skills and employment opportunities. The purpose of the program is to teach inmates how to acquire and keep a job. Most will be able to continue receiving services after incarceration. The program is held in the jail and is put on by Michigan Works! The Job Force. That agency has appointed a staff person to conduct 2-hour sessions once per week.

Trustee Program - Enables inmates to perform assigned tasks within the confines of the jail. The jail staff screens all offenders prior to enrollment. Trustees are given responsibilities that do not impair or disrupt the orderly running of the jail; working in the kitchen or laundry are two such examples. Inmates are able to benefit from the work experience and develop a more positive attitude about themselves.

Community Resource - Pathways, a community mental health agency, provides a staff person to counsel inmates who participate on a voluntary basis. The focus of the group is on adjustment issues which individuals have while they are serving time in the Marquette County Jail as well as issues which they wish to work on in terms of preparation for discharge back into the community. The group is available once a month based on need. The staff person from Pathways is also available to see offenders on a one-on-one basis if necessary.

Volunteer Program - Volunteers are recruited from the community and are usually students of Northern Michigan University. They provide tutoring in math and English and other areas to help offenders achieve GED completion and/or high credit. Volunteers also act as good role models for young offenders.

Religious Services - Christian church services are available to inmates every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, with one-on-one counseling available on Thursdays. Other clergy visits of approved religions permitted by the Department of Corrections are allowed with prior notice to the corrections staff.