Mackinac County Jail

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The Mackinac County Jail was built in 1972 replacing the facility that was located in the basement of the County Court House.  The jail has a rated capacity of 28 inmates.

The Mackinac County Jail is certified by the Michigan Department of Corrections meeting the standards for local jails and lock-ups and in 2009 was the first jail in the country to be Accredited by the American Correctional Association to the Core Jail Standards for jails.

Inmate Visitation Hours


1:00PM – 5:00PM

Legal council may meet with inmates throughout the day except during the mid-day meal from 11:30AM-12:30PM and dinner from 4:30PM-5:30PM.

Visitation Rules

  • Visitors must complete the sign-in sheet and provide photo ID.
  • Visitors must not have been in the Mackinac County Jail in the previous six months or owe the jail for past housing expenses.
  • Visitors shall not be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.
  • Visitors are subject to a criminal wants/warrants check and search.
  • Visits must be kept quiet, no foul language or disruptive behavior.
  • Children under 17 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.
  • Visitors are to use the telephone in the visiting booth.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the visiting booth.
  • We reserve the right to deny any visitor or end any visit early.

Inmate Phone Services

The Mackinac County Jail uses the services of Securus Telephone Services. Family and friends of inmates in the jail may leave money for the inmate to purchase telephone calling cards from the jail commissary. You may also set up a billing program through Correctional Billing Services at 1-800-844-6591.

Items Left for Inmates

You may leave the following items:

  • Cash money for the commissary, work release or housing/medical expenses or bond.
  • New White underwear, new white socks, new white T-shirts. No old or soiled clothing.
  • New White sports bra’s (no underwire),  You may leave street clothing for when the inmate is released if there is storage space available.  These items will remain in the inmate’s property locker.
  • Books and board games must be sent via US Mail.
  • Magazines and newspapers must be sent via their publisher

All other items may be purchased from the inmate commissary.

Mackinac County Jail reserves the right to not allow items that may be deemed contraband, damaged, tampered or for other reasons.

Payments for Booking Fees may be made through GovPay
Payments for Jail Housing may be made through GovPay
Payments for Tether Fees may be made through GovPay
Cash Bond payment through GovPay GovPay

Community Service Program

Mackinac County Jail has an active community service program that provides needed services to assist in shoveling walks, lawn mowing lawns for the elderly or handicapped and various parks and recreation projects.  These programs not only assist the community but allow inmates to learn valuable skills that can be used when they are released from jail.

House Arrest/Tether

Mackinac County Jail has a program for tether, house arrest and GPS tether.  This program works in cooperation with the courts.

VINE — Victim Information & Notification Everyday

Victims of crimes may check with VINE for information on an offenders release date either by toll free phone number or via the web.
Toll Free 1-800-770-7657 Then click on the map of Michigan and type in the name of the offender.


Career Opportunities

Scott A. Strait, Sheriff

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Jail Study Committee Reports – Mackinac County Jail Committee

Jail Committee Full Report