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Inmate Mail    Inmate Visitation
 On-site and Off-site Video Rules for Friends, Family, and Attorneys 
Schedule an On-Site or Off-Site Video Visitation
 Inmate Allowed Items  Inmate Programs & Services     
Alternative Work Program  
Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network  
Year End Corrections Report     Court Transport Officers 
  
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The Van Buren County Jail is an Adult Correctional Facility located in Paw Paw, Michigan with a capacity of 158 inmates.  It is governed by the Administrative Rules for Jails by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

To contact the jail call 269-657-2171. 


Sergeant Chad Hunt
Lieutenant
Chad Hunt

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Sergeant Manny Delarosa
Sergeant
Manny Delarosa
email
 



Sergeant
Virg Franks
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Sergeant
Joshua Griffith
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Sergeant
Nate Penning
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Sergeant Mike Shannon - Van Buren Co. Sheriff's Office, Paw Paw MI
Sergeant
Mike Shannon
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MISSION STATEMENT
To Provide the public with a safe, humane and secure environment with professional team oriented staff working to reduce the rate of recidivism while respecting the rights and dignity of all.


INMATE MAIL

Inmates receive regularly delivered mail on all dates operated by the US Postal Service. All mail received at the Van Buren County Jail is opened and inspected for contraband. To send mail to an inmate at this facility, use the following format:

(Inmate Name)
205 S. Kalamazoo St.
Paw Paw, Mich. 49079

Effective 11/1/2012 - all incoming mail must:

1.  Be on a postcard purchased from the post office. 
2.  The stamp must be embedded in the paper, unless it is attorney mail.  
3.  Friends and family may send pictures and money orders, but it must be noted on the outside of the envelope.  Otherwise, it would be returned to sender.
  

INMATE VISITATION - As of August 8, 2012, visitors will no longer be allowed to visit on the second floor of the jail. 

Video Visitation Schedule
Monday- 8:00am -10:00am
Tuesday 8:00am -10:00am
Wednesday-Friday 8:00am-noon, then 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm.

Click here to schedule an on-site or off-site video visit.

Securus
Video Visitation, Click Here
 

Friends and Family RULES  FOR “ON-SITE” VIDEO VISITORS
Must travel to the Van Buren Co. Jail for video visitation.

1).  All visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Click here for schedule.
2).  The duration of each visit is 20 minutes. 
3).  No more than 2 visitors present for each visit.
4).  All visits are recorded and subject to electronic monitoring by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.
5).  Every visitor must show up at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled visit and no more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit.  Visitors arriving late will only receive the balance of the remaining visiting time, or may not be allowed to visit, depending on the circumstances.
6).  No NUDITY, provocative clothing, or tight fitting clothing will be allowed during the visit.
7).  Only those scheduled to visit will be allowed in the visitation area.  During a visit, the visitor is required to remain at the visitation booth.  If the visitor leaves the visitation booth, then the visit will be terminated.
8).  Visitors appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, will not be permitted into the video visitation area and their visit will be cancelled.
9).  Visitors under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
10).  Use of cell phones or any other electronic devices are prohibited.
11).  Loud talking, excessive emotionalism, or any type of disruptive behavior will not be permitted.
12).  Do not damage or deface the visitation equipment.  If you damage or deface the equipment, you could be prosecuted.
13).  If you experience a problem with the audio or video reception during your visit, you are required to notify the visitation staff immediately. 

 VISITATION SCHEDULE  FOR LOBBY PURPOSES:

All cells, effective 10/11/2012.

Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 until noon and
Saturday, Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

                            REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR VISITS:

1).  Driver’s license
2).  Home address
3).  Valid telephone number

ALL VISITS MUST BE PRE-SCHEDULED

The lobby is open 24 hours a day, if you would like to schedule your visit from a lobby terminal.

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to deny, cancel or terminate a video visit prior to or during a video session are based upon visitor or resident inmate misconduct. 

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office also reserves the right to restrict a visitor from participating in all future use of the system.

Rules for OFF SITE Video Visitors - Participate in a remote visitation using a computer, webcam, and high speed internet access.  Charges may apply to the Van Buren Co. Jail for video visitation.  Click here to schedule an on-site or off-site video visit.

1).  All visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Click here for schedule.
2).  No more than 2 visitors present for each visit. No nudity, provocative clothing, or tight fitting clothing.  No use of cell phones, or any other electronic devices.
3).  All visits are recorded and subject to electronic monitoring by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.
4).  Visitors under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
5).  If you experience a problem with the audio or video reception during your visit, contact Securus and the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office immediately.    

OFF SITE VISITATION  SCHEDULE:

All cells. Effective 10/11/2012.

Monday and Tuesday mornings 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday 8:00 a.m. -  6:00 p.m.

REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR VISITS:

1).  Driver’s License
2).  Home address
3).  Valid telephone number
4).  Valid email address

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to deny, cancel or terminate a video visit prior to or during a video session are based upon visitor or resident inmate misconduct. 

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office also reserves the right to restrict a visitor from participating in all future use of the system.
 

Attorney RULES FOR “ON-SITE” VIDEO VISITORS
Must travel to the Van Buren Co. Jail for video visitation. Click here to schedule an
on-site or off-site video visit.


1). All visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Click here for schedule.
2). Use of cell phones are prohibited.
3). If you experience a problem with the audio or video reception during your visit, you are required to notify the visitation staff immediately.

REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR VISITS

1). Driver’s license
2). Home address
3). Valid telephone number
4). Bar #

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to deny, cancel or terminate a video visit prior to or during a video session are based upon visitor or resident inmate misconduct.

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office also reserves the right to restrict a visitor from participating in all future use of the system.

 

ITEMS ALLOWED FOR INMATES

  • Cash can be deposited into an inmate’s account through the kiosk in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office, by the internet by going to www.inmatedeposits.com or by calling toll free to 866-345-1884. There is a fee for all three services. Money orders will be accepted via mail or in person.

  • All MDOC inmate deposits must be sent to the prison they were last at.

  • Valid medical prescriptions are accepted after review/verification by medical staff.

  • Work release inmates may have 1 set of clean clothing dropped off.

  • Inmates scheduled for Jury Trial may have clothing dropped off for wear during trial.

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OFFERED TO ALL INMATES

  • Adult basic education and GED services

  • Substance abuse programs

  • A A programs

  • Church services

  • Bible study

  • Work Release program-(must be approved and ordered by sentencing court)

  • Recreation

  • Medical services

  • Mental Health services

  • Alternative work programs

  • Weekend Alternative work programs

  • My Child Too / Parenting

Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network

The Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or internet to search for information regarding their offender's custody status and register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender's custody status changes. This service is brought to you by the Michigan Department of Community Health, Crime Victim Services Commission.

Click here to register for notification from the Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network.

Contact the Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network at 1-800-770-7657.


YEAR-END REPORT - CORRECTIONS

Jail Operations

In 2013 the Van Buren County Jail was inspected by the Michigan Department of Corrections – County Jail Services Unit. This inspection resulted in Van Buren County being awarded its seventh consecutive 100% compliance award.

The Corrections Division was able to operate within budget and secured funds to enhance jail operations and maintain the jail population at manageable levels.

Office of Community Corrections (OCC)

An important function of the Office of Community Corrections is to divert low risk offenders from jail into alternative programs at a lower cost than that of incarceration.

Office of Community Corrections
2013 Year End Report

Programs
Enrollments
Completion Rate

Weekend Alternative Program (WWAP)

302
  85%
Tether Program 9   75%
Work Release Enrollments
26

  92%

Alternative Work Program (AWP)

39

  87%

Drain Work Crew

65

  89%

New Directions Enrollments
45
  56%

Total

486

Inmate housing cost savings +offender worker wage savings
= total financial impact savings

Programs
Jail Bed Days Beds Saved
Cost Savings
Labor Hours
Weekend Alternative Program (WWAP)
 4,224
$126,720.00 10,939
Tether Program     290     $8,700.00 N/A
Work Release      77     $2,310.00 N/A
New Directions
 3,042
  $91,260.00 N/A
Alternative Work Program (AWP)    313    $9,390.00   5,399
Drain Work Crew    911   $27,330.00   5,240

Total

8,857 $265,710.00 21,578

Number of Projects

  • Weekend Work Program - 168 completed projects for non-profit organizations.

  • Alternative Work Program - 234 completed projects for non-profit organizations.

  • Drain Work Program - 43 cleaned drains for Van Buren County.

Alternative Work Program
The Alternative Work Program (WAP) is in its 26th year of serving Van Buren County communities and governmental units. In addition to providing needed services to Van Buren residents, the AWP provides another method to reduce the jail population.

Court Transport Officers
1 full time Court Transport Officer provides service to the Corrections Division. The officer ensures the appearance of scheduled court proceedings for inmates within the facility. Transport officers allows the Uniform Response Division to focus on criminal calls for service.
 

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