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Michigan

Map of Michigan with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

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1.1k

2.1k

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

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number of courts

21

number of facilities

18

compassionate releases granted

32

filings coded by our team

Statewide among incarcerated people

State Facilities

25,210

Cases

64%

Cumulative Case Rate

Federal Facilities

274

Cases

18%

Cumulative Case Rate

ICE Detention Centers

73

Cases

36%

Cumulative Case Rate

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Testing practices vary widely by correctional agency. True case counts are likely higher and may be significantly higher than reported.

Rates are calculated using a denominator of facility-level population as of February 2020. See our methodology to learn more about why we chose this approach.

We do not display total counts for jails because our jail data is not comprehensive for the entire state. See the table below to view jail data at the facility level.

Statewide among staff

State Facilities

3,631

Cases

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

Cases

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

Cases

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Not all agencies report data on staff COVID-19 cases. Some jurisdictions leave it to staff members’ discretion whether to report positive test results they receive from community healthcare providers.

We do not have reliable data for staffing levels at all facilities. As a result, we are not currently providing rates for staff.

We do not display total counts for jails because our jail data is not comprehensive for the entire state. See the table below to view jail data at the facility level.

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Carson City Correctional Facility

State Facilities

2,117259

Central Michigan Correctional Facility

State Facilities

2,053239

Chippewa Correctional Facility

State Facilities

1,813181

Charles E Egeler Reception And Guidance Center

State Facilities

1,813192

Gus Harrison Correctional Facility

State Facilities

1,465187

Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID-19

Our project collaborates with Bronx Defenders, Columbia Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, and Zealous to collect legal documents from around the country related to COVID-19 and incarceration. Together, we then organize and code them into the jointly managed Health is Justice litigation hub for public defenders, litigators, and other advocates. The majority of the legal documents in the Health is Justice litigation hub are federal court opinions, but we are expanding to state legal filings, declarations, and exhibits.

In addition to the Health is Justice litigation hub, our project also manages additional data self-reported by advocates regarding COVID-19-related legal filings involving incarcerated youth and individuals in immigration detention.

For more COVID-19-related legal filings, please visit the University of Michigan Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, COVID-19 Special Collection.

Prison and Jail Releases Related to COVID-19

We collect data on jurisdictions across the U.S. that have released people from adult prison and jail custody in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JurisdictionFacilityAuthorizing agentDate release was issuedTotal Number of ReleasesPopulation prior to releasesReleases as percentage of populationKnown capacityRelease detailsSource
BayBay County Jail4/1/20205216532%249Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence
GeneseeGenessee County Jail4/2/202070 580
InghamIngham County JailCourts3/20/2020100 Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence, Other
KalamazooKalamazoo County Jail4/27/202020040050%425Minor offenses, Inability to pay bail, Short remaining sentence, Vulnerable populations
KentKent County Correctional FacilityCourts3/26/2020165110015%1400Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence, Other
  1. For the most part, we only include release efforts where the data source includes some sort of programmatic description of who is being released (e.g., people with technical violations of parole, people charged with non-violent crimes, etc.). You can find our full prison releases dataset here and jail releases dataset here.


Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID-19

Our team collects data on grassroots and community organizing efforts by incarcerated people, their families, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and advocates aimed at influencing government agencies to protect the lives of people incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers against the threats posed by COVID-19.

Target facilityCountyDate of actionOrganizationType of effortInternal or externalEffort concernsSource
Wayne County3/1/2020Wayne County DefendersCoordinated Release EffortInternalAccelerated releases
Central Michigan Correctional FacilityGratiot County11/15/2020Michigan Abolition and Prisoner SolidarityCar RallyInternalAccelerated releases, Sanitation improvements
Gus Harrison Correctional FacilityLenawee County5/19/2020Incarcerated people at Gus Harrison prisonUprising/Protest–InternalExternalTesting procedures, Sanitation improvements
Gus Harrison Correctional FacilityLenawee County12/11/2020Silent Cry, Inc.Car RallyInternalAccelerated releases
Macomb Correctional FacilityMacomb3/12/2020Fight Toxic PrisonsPhone ZapInternalAccelerated releases, Testing procedures, Sanitation improvements
  1. You can find our full dataset here.