Special Alternative Incarceration Facility – Michigan

Are you looking for someone at Special Alternative Incarceration Facility? Special Alternative Incarceration Facility is a prison in the Michigan Department of Corrections. This guide will tell you all about anything a person needs to know about Special Alternative Incarceration Facility,such as: How to locate an inmate. Visiting an inmate here. The prison’s address and phone number. How to send mail and money to an inmate at Special Alternative Incarceration Facility. And much more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Special Alternative Incarceration Facility
Year Opened: 1988
State: Michigan
County: Washtenaw County
DOC: Michigan Department of Corrections
Warden Name: Sherry Burt

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Contact Information

In this section is the mailing address and street address for Special Alternative Incarceration Facility. Use the mailing address if you are sending a letter or package to a prisoner at Special Alternative Incarceration Facility, and use the physical address if you need to know the physical location of Special Alternative Incarceration Facility.

Mailing Address

Be sure to check the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information further down on this page if you are going to send a letter or package to a prisoner to make sure that you properly address the package or letter, and use the right procedure for sending a package or letter. If you don’t use the appropriate protocol, the package or letter could not get delivered.

Special Alternative Incarceration Facility
17600 Ryan Road
Detroit MI, 48212

Street Address / Prison location


Special Alternative Incarceration Facility
18901 Waterloo Rd
Chelsea MI, 48118

Phone Number and Fax Number

Fax Number:

Map and Directions

Use the street address if you plan to visit an inmate. Make sure to read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule sections below before you try to visit a prisoner.

Special Alternative Incarceration Facility
18901 Waterloo Rd
Chelsea MI, 48118


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Phone Number

Special Alternative Incarceration Facility prisoners don’t have phones in their cells, so you won’t get to call the inmate, however, there are some times when it is useful to have the phone number to the facility.

Inmates can sometimes make phone calls using:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Prisoners don’t have access to fax machines, so you can’t send a fax to an inmate, but there are times when it may be necessary to know the fax number to the facility.

Email Address

The email address below is the general email address for Special Alternative Incarceration Facility. You cannot contact inmates using this email. If you need to send an email to an inmate, read the Inmate Email information on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner you must use an exact process to ensure that the message is received by the prisoner.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates do not have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are certain procedures that you must follow when sending mail to a state prisoner. If you don’t follow these rules then what you sent might not be received.

Before you send anything, read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility employees do open and read and inspect all incoming general correspondence. Incoming general mail is read as frequently as necessary to keep safety and security or monitor a particular problem regarding a certain inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the format for how you need to address a letter or package to an inmate at Special Alternative Incarceration Facility:

Special Alternative Incarceration Facility
17600 Ryan Road
Detroit MI, 48212

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Inmate Money

Every state prison has a Commissary which was started to provide inmates a bank type account for inmate monies and for purchasing things not issued to inmates by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Anyone may send funds to prisoner’s accounts using Western Union or by mail.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends are able to send inmates money by way of the postal service and must send it to the address below and do so in accordance with the directions listed below:

The deposit must be in a money order made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is advisable to use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be placed on a 15-day holding period, and during this hold period the prisoner will not get the money. The Bureau of Prisons will return to the sender any funds that do not have correct prisoner information if the envelope has a return address. Cash and checks will not be deposited to the prisoner’s account so don’t send any cash or checks.

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Inmate Locator

State prisoners are frequently transported to various correctional facilities throughout Michigan, so you may have to locate the current location of an inmate using the inmate locator. Click the link here to find an state prisoner.
Inmate Search

To find other Michigan state prisons: Michigan State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you go to visit an inmate at Special Alternative Incarceration Facility, make sure you know this information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each Michigan state prison has its own procedures for prison visits and these rules get changed often. The policies listed here might be out of date by the time you are reading this, so you should also read Special Alternative Incarceration Facility’s official website to read the latest visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance officer ensures every visitor signs the inmate visitors log before they can enter the visitation area and upon leaving.

Identification Required

Picture ID of all visitors will be required. Acceptable forms of id are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; however, a state picture id is OK.

For all of the things listed below, go to the official prison facility website as this info is updated all the time:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Info about Special Alternative Incarceration Facility prison records to be added later.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Section about Special Alternative Incarceration Facility death row coming.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about Michigan parole process will be posted ASAP.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information about release procedures coming.

Inmate Programs

The military discipline portion of the program is designed to break down street-wise attitudes so staff can teach positive values and attitudes. Offenders take classes in job-seeking skills, substance-abuse awareness and anger management. They are also enrolled in General Educational Development preparation and Adult Basic Education. They perform a variety of tasks, including conservation work, recycling, parks maintenance and snow removal near senior housing.
The SAI program includes an intensive post-release program and may include Phase II, which is placement for up to 120 days in a residential setting or on electronic monitoring. For prisoners, Phase III includes a parole for 18 months or for the balance of the minimum sentence, whichever is longer. The first four months of parole are under intensive supervision, which can include daily supervision, including nights and weekends, if needed.

While in post release, offenders are expected to work or go to school at least 30 hours per week. They must submit to a drug test when requested and participate in any counseling, treatment programming or training, as directed by the agent.

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Prison Life

Details about what life is like at Special Alternative Incarceration Facility coming soon.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A news section coming soon.


Special Alternative Incarceration Facility photos will be posted ASAP.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Special Alternative Incarceration Facility
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Special Alternative Incarceration Facility.

If you have any photos of Special Alternative Incarceration Facility that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Trying to find a job at a correctional facility? Have any prior experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility before?

If so, check out:

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The official website:

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • The right to protection from the accused.
  • The right to notification.
  • The right to attend proceedings.
  • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • The right to restitution.
  • The right to a speedy trial.
  • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

Click here to tell about all about it

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Family Resources

Info about family resources available at Special Alternative Incarceration Facility will be posted ASAP.


A Special Alternative Incarceration Facility history section coming soon.

Such as:

  • Famous Special Alternative Incarceration Facility inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Michigan State Prisons: Michigan State Prisons

Special Alternative Incarceration Facility Links

The official website:

Michigan Department of Corrections Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Special Alternative Incarceration Facility

Have you ever been a prisoner in Special Alternative Incarceration Facility? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

If yes, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write down your prison experience so others can find out what to expect.

What to write in your comment:

  • Prison conditions
  • Facility facility and layout
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Prisoner safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Prisoner activities and programs

If you are currently an inmate at this facility, post your address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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