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Indiana State Prison

Facility Staff

Deputy Warden of Operations
Jason Nowatzke

Deputy Warden of Re-Entry
Dawn Buss

Administrative Secretary to the Warden
Donna Garrett

Public Information Officer
Pam James
(219) 874-7256 ext.2301

HIRE Coordinator (Region 1)
(765) 593-0111

Health Services contact information
Sherri Fritter
(219) 874-7256 ext. 5141

Transitional Healthcare Facilitator (PD 6)
Silverio Napules
(219) 785-2511 ext. 4187

Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging Officer
Victoria Taylor
(219) 874-7256 ext. 3606

Mailing Address for Incarcerated Individuals

1 Park Row, Michigan City, IN 46360


Public Visitation:

Please refer to the IDOC visitation page to find the most current information regarding visits.

Attorney Visits:

Requests for general in-person legal visits between attorneys and Incarcerated Individuals must be made to the facility where the Incarcerated Individuals is housed. Attorney/Incarcerated Individuals visit requests are being scheduled and will continue as long as it is safe to do so on a facility-by-facility basis. Based on the conditions of each facility, they are subject to being postponed or rescheduled. A reliable alternative to an in-person attorney/Incarcerated Individuals visit is to schedule a confidential phone call. Incarcerated Individuals must have the attorney's phone number added to their approved telephone list. All calls are to be 'collect calls' unless the Incarcerated Individuals utilizes prepaid minutes.

Visiting Guidelines

Please review the visiting guidelines below before scheduling your visit to Indiana State Prison.

Maximum Security Visiting Guidelines- ED 22-23 (05-02-2022) (PDF)


* Visitors must be signed in for a minimum of 1 hour and 15 minutes PRIOR to the visitation hours end. Please remember, for the latest visit updates contact the facility prior to visit.  Call 219-874-7256, press #.


A security device has been implemented at the Indiana State Prison called a Cell Sense. Cell Sense is the best cell phone and contraband detector. This device is extremely sensitive and therefore special precautions must be taken by all visitors. From this point forward new procedures will be implemented for the use of Cell Sense at Indiana State Prison and Indiana Outside beginning February 12, 2016.

Everyone will pass in front of the Cell Sense detector, turn around and walk past it again.  If the Cell Sense detector alarms, make sure that all metal items are removed from pockets and person including hair pins (bobby pins/metal barrettes).  Be aware that undergarments containing underwire support have been known to cause alarms.

Visitors unable to clear the Cell Sense machine will not be allowed to enter the facility, however they will be permitted to obtain other garments and try again.  If they don’t pass the Cell Sense after the second, entrance will be denied.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Religious Programs - Volunteers assist with the following faith groups: Catholic, Christian, Native American, Buddhist, Orthodox Christian, Moorish Science Temple of America, Hebrew Israelite, Messianic, Jewish, Wicca, Islamic, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Asatru.
  • Re-Entry Programs - Volunteers facilitate programming on various re-entry topics such as employment, family issues, education, community support, domestic violence, or other topics to assist individuals with a successful re-entry back into the community.
  • Substance Abuse - Volunteers are needed for the 12 Step program and Narcotics Anonymous.
  • Other Topics - Assisting with the gardening program, providing educational assistance for math or art classes, and building trades and vocational skills.
  • Insight Garden Program - This program facilitates an innovative curriculum combined with vocational gardening and landscaping training so that people in prison can reconnect to self, community, and the natural world. This “inner” and “outer” gardening approach transforms lives, ends ongoing cycles of incarceration, and creates safer communities. For more information about the Insight Garden Program please visit their website. Feel free to view and distribute the IGP brochure.

Community Engagement Coordinator

Deb Osos

Please contact the Community Engagement Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering or donating. For general volunteer information, please visit the IDOC Volunteer page.

Community Advisory Board Meetings begin at Noon 
These meetings consist of community advisory board members (CAB). A list of members can be found HERE


The Indiana Department of Correction offers a wide selection of programming, courses, and activities based on both facility and Incarcerated Individuals need, as well as available resources. Listed below are several current programming opportunities available at the facility. While staff leads some, many are volunteer-driven. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please visit our volunteer page. For more information on these programs and/or a complete listing of the programs the IDOC offers, please visit the IDOC Programs page.

  • Thinking for a Change
  • PLUS
  • Substance Abuse
  • PINS (Parenting Inside/Outside Dads)
  • Indiana Correctional Industries (ICI)
  • Organic Gardening
  • Aramark's IN2WORK
  • Culinary Arts
  • USDOL Apprenticeship
    • Barber
    • Fire fighter
    • Landscape Gardener
    • Offset-Press Operator
    • Landscape Management Technician
    • Teacher Aide
    • Housekeeper

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Warden Ron Neal

About Indiana State Prison:

The first Indiana State Prison was built in Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1822. In 1858 the state was looking for a second location to build another prison and purchased land in Michigan City. Both prisons in Michigan City and Jeffersonville were named the Indiana State Prison, one designated Prison North and the other Prison South. In 1922, Prison South was destroyed by a fire, and the Michigan City location became the oldest facility in the system. The Prison’s first perimeter wall enclosed 8.3 acres. Through the years, as additional room was needed, the facility was enlarged to 24 acres. There are ten towers on the walls, and they are manned all day, every day. The facility has a capacity of more than 2,400 incarcerated individuals. Indiana State Prison staff take pride in keeping the buildings and grounds clean and presentable. The prison is designated a level four maximum security facility, which houses incarcerated individuals with long sentences and/or individuals convicted of violent crimes. Also located on the prison grounds is a level two facility, formerly known as Lakeside Correctional Facility, with a capacity for 385 incarcerated individuals.

Also located on the prison grounds is a level two facility, formerly known as Lakeside Correctional Facility. It has a capacity for 385 Incarcerated Individuals and the prison uses their Incarcerated Individuals to maintain the grounds, building maintenance, and food preparation for the Staff Dining Room.

Indiana State Prison | 1 Park Row, Michigan City, IN 46360 | (219) 874-7258

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