Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility - 471-0215-23

Description of Agency

The Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility (MTU) opened in 1958 and houses Level II adult male prisoners in six housing units. Each housing unit has capacity for up to 240 prisoners and consists of three general population units, one and half units for Residential Treatment Program prisoners, one unit for Adaptive Skills Residential Program prisoners, and a half unit designated for temporary administrative segregation. All housing units are located within the facility’s secure perimeter, which includes security measures such as double chain-link fences, concertina wire, and an electronic detection system, among others.

MTU provides academic programs such as general education and the Calvin Prison Initiative through a partnership with Calvin College; trades programs through its Vocational Village; treatment services such as counseling and substance abuse services; leisure time activities; and the Leader Dogs for the Blind Program. Prisoners are provided on-site medical, mental health, and dental care, while serious emergencies are treated at a local hospital or the Michigan Department of Corrections Duane L. Waters Health Center in Jackson. MTU was appropriated $34 million for operations in fiscal year 2023 and employed approximately 310 personnel, including 180 corrections officers, to oversee approximately 1,200 prisoners as of June 2023.

Audit Objectives

  • To assess the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility’s compliance with selected policies and procedures related to safety and security.


Estimated Release Date: Mid 2024

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