Michigan Reformatory

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Michigan Reformatory
Location 1342 W Main Street
Ionia, Michigan
Status open
Security class mixed
Capacity 1149
Opened reopened Nov 2007
Managed by Michigan Department of Corrections

The Michigan Reformatory is a state prison for men located in Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan, owned and operated by the Michigan Department of Corrections.[1] The facility has 352 beds at Level II security and 797 beds at Level IV security.

The Reformatory was first opened in 1877 and housed "high-risk offenders". It closed in 2000 with the opening of the nearby Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility, then was reopened in 2007. A Michigan House Appropriation Subcommittee recommended its closure again in 2012.[2]

1981 Riot[edit]

On the night of May 22, 1981 a riot broke out at a cellblock housing about 500 inmates. 100 guards and state police contained the inmates with tear gas. Three or four guards were reported slightly injured in the disturbance, which began about 8:10 P.M. Arson, looting and vandalism, began shortly after damaging 30 buildings.[3]


  1. ^ "Michigan Reformatory". Michigan Department of Corrections. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Ellison, Garrett (29 March 2012). "State House panel recommends closing Michigan Reformatory prison in Ionia during budget talks". Michigan Live. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  3. ^ https://www.upi.com/Archives/1981/06/06/Michigan-prisons-Riot-causes-are-still-there/8128360648000/

Coordinates: 42°17′42″N 84°23′54″W / 42.294872°N 84.398282°W / 42.294872; -84.398282