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Old 04-14-2003, 09:57 AM
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Question How close is the closest Michigan prison to you?

Many of us drive LONG distances to visit our loved one.....we all know that the state of Michigan has no interest in making life comfortable for you and your loved one......but how close COULD he/she be if it were possible?????


My husband is currently 59 miles from home.....much better than the 200 miles I used to drive.

There are 2 prisons closer.....a camp just 15 miles from home...right across the river from where I used to work. The other is in Lapeer.......50 miles. He can't go to the camp because of his conviction.....he has to go to a Secure Level I when he gets to that level. He tried to get to Lapeer, but he got sent to Saginaw.........its not much father.

How about you? For those of you who don't feel comfy in posting your exact whereabouts.......just tell us the distances!!!!

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I think the closest one to me would be 9 hours away near Detroit. Kinross was 12 hours away. Right now where he is, I dont actually know where it is (Jackson). Hopefully not for long. His release date is suppose to be Wednesday and there will be a delay though its not specific as to what the delay is or for how long. Its all too far away but I will get there if I have too.

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Closest to me is 10-12 miles. He can't go there as he has a spawn in his file. One of his first cousins works there and she had it put in there when he first went in....which really sucks....He was on his way up here transferring last Xmas time and that's when we found out what she did....He's about 5 hours away.

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Old 04-14-2003, 03:31 PM
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Lapeer is definately the closest. Only a 15 minute drive and I got spoiled having him there for 3 years until we filed a state complaint against the doctor there for nontreatment and as a retaliation were sent to Kinross for a year and a 1/2. Now I have to drive an 1hr. 20mins. to Carson City. Amiko
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Old 04-14-2003, 03:46 PM
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Old 04-15-2003, 06:57 PM
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Tom lives in standish right now.That is about 1 and a half hours away form me.Lapeer is about 25 minutes away from me and we are trying to get a transfer there.But he thinks he has a spawn there as well.His point screening is being looked at as we speak and same with his transfer.But Standish doesn't usually send to lapeer,only saginaw(for his level after point screening)But still closer.
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Old 04-16-2003, 06:32 AM
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My husband is currently in Camp Kitwen and I live in Kalamazoo. It's about an 11 hour drive for me. I haven't been able to visit too much this past winter because of the weather and the fact that it costs me about $200 each time I do go. Hopefully I'll be able to see him again soon. The closest prison to me is Jackson, I guess, which is about 45 minutes from me. But... he is SO totally happy with the Camp atmosphere, that I wouldn't want him to be closer if he wouldn't be happy. Is that true love or what !?!
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Ionia prisons are closest to me. My husband is in Marquette, a 12 hour drive.
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My friend Mike is 2hours and 20 minutes away, and there's a correctional fac. within 25 minutes of me. He's been there already before and is trying to get transfered back.
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Hey tres!! Welcome to PTO! I'm glad you're here! Here's to another Michigander!

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Hi Tres and Welcome to PTO!!!!

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The closest prison to me is jackson or coldwater, luckily my husband is in jackson but absolutely hates it. I personally wish he were in coldwater but at this point I'd rather him be anywhere else than jackson

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I got really lucky. I was scared when my boyfriend was placed that it would be far away, but he's right here in Jackson at Southern Michigan Correctional Facility or JMF for short. It's still about a 30 minute drive but I live out in BFE so that's only normal. I drive the same distance to get to my job so it's not that big of a deal I guess. He's a level 2 though and this prison is the worst that I've heard of for this level because when they turned it from a level 4 to a level 2, they just lowered all of the prisoners levels that were still in there. So instead of being in with less violent or dangerous offenders, a lot of them are murderers and such. It's still run like a level 4 for the most part, too, and they just modified it to include both 2 and 4 prisoners. Pretty sad, huh? The best that I've heard of is in the UP and they are allowed to have visits and picnics outside and everything, but that's like a 12 hour drive from here, so I'm pretty happy where he is and so is he. Smiles!
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Old 04-25-2003, 12:24 AM
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I forgot to ask: Hey Amy, where is your husband? Just curious if he is in the same facility. Hope all is well!

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Andie, my husband is also @ jmf email me @ leonsgrl77@aol.com so we can chat sometime
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To anyone: What's a spawn? I've never heard of it until I was reading in this forum? Apparently it's not a good thing.
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My boyfriend was at jackson and he has said it sucks...But he said that is where he had to be tough.Just to TRY(I say it loosley)and make it!
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I am closest to the prison in Standish but..... I'm still trying to get my BF transferred to here(MI) from PA like THAT will ever happen :rollseyes: so I drive about 8 hrs to Pittsburgh,PA every couple weeks or so.....but its closing so who knows how far I'll be driving soon
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Rob is currently 1 hr and 20 mins away, but Lapeer is definately closer to me. About 10 minutes away. I drive by it to see him........lol.

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My everything is in Jackson rgc........has been there for @36 days.......he is approximately 2 hours away.......he has to get a "job" to receive visitors........I haven't seen him for over 2 mos after being with or talking to him daily for 2 yearrs...I'm in serious withdrawl over here.....

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I am within an hour drive of Ojibwa, Baraga and Kitwen. When my son was in MI, he did most of his time downstate, primarily at I-Max, 10 hours away. Shortly before he got out, he was in the U.P. at Kinross. Now he is NY, a 21 hour drive.
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The closest prison to me is Jackson, about 45 minutes away from me. I know my husband will be going there for reception (how long does that generally take anyway?), but I don't know where they are sending him from there. Will it take long to be able to see him? He should be transferred out of Washtenaw County Jail the end of August.
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He is in Lapeer AKA Thumb Correctional which is an hour and 15 minutes away. He basically went there to be close to his Mother. He thought to transfer to Macomb to be closer to me, but changed his mind. Mound or Ryan would be the closest . He may soon be transferring to Saginaw which I know nothing about, but if he does I know I will.
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I think I have you all beat!!! My hubby is at Brooks in Muskegon and its a 3,000 mile drive for me - one way. While it would be a tad closer for him to be in the UP it would be further away from what little remaining family he has in Michigan. Right now they are a 3 hour drive away - which in my eyes would be wonderful for me - I'd go every weekend if I could...but if he went to the UP it would be a 6 to 8 hour drive and he'd never see anyone. As close as they are - they only get there about every 6 or 8 weeks...which just kills me...I'd give anything to be that close. I make it to see him once...maybe twice a year if finances permit. This year my son is getting married and I may not be able to afford to go and see him and I am sick at the thought that it will be another year if he doesn't get paroled. I don't know how I will tell him. Be thankful that you are as close as you are even as bad as it is...walk a mile in someone else's shoes as the saying goes...mine are only a size 7 but some days they feel like 27...isn't life interesting...the path of life has many curves and bends and bumps...I think I've become a pretty good navigator.
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