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Transfers - Transferring Prisoners to New Locations
The MDOC does not tell people when and where a prisoner will be transferred. Doing would be a security risk for the public and the prisoner. Once a prisoner is transferred, the information is updated on the Offender Tracking and Information System (OTIS). The prisoner may also contact the public once their transfer is complete. General information about transfers is listed below:
The Michigan Department of Corrections does not place prisoners at particular facilities in order to facilitate visitation for family and friends. Prisoners are placed in certain facilities based on the Department's bed space considerations, prisoner programming and health care needs, and necessary security precautions. Prisoners are housed at a facility that fits their current classification, which may include placement at a facility in the Upper Peninsula. Prisoners are free to request a transfer to another facility, but for a variety of reasons, not all requests will be fulfilled. The Michigan Department of Corrections does not transfer prisoners based on requests from family members or friends. The prisoner must initiate the request.
For information about specific prisoner transfers, please refer to PD 05.01.140 - Prisoner Placement and Transfer or contact the Michigan Department of Corrections - Correctional Facilities Administration at (517) 373-0287.