Bay County Jail & Prison

Find Bay County Michigan jails, prisons, detention centers, departments of corrections, and penitentiaries. Jails and prisons provide information on inmate searches, rosters, lookups, lists, records, and mugshot photos.


Bay County Jail 503 3rd Street Bay MI 48708 989-895-4066


Bay County Juvenile Home 520 West Hampton Road Essexville MI 48732 989-892-4519

Midland County Jail 101 Fast Ice Dr Midland MI 48642 989-832-6612

About Bay County Jails & Prisons

A Bay County Jail or Prison is a secure facility located in Bay County, MI where individuals, referred to as inmates, are involuntarily confined and their freedoms and movement are restricted as a consequence of criminal behavior. Bay County Jails are short-term facilities where inmates either await trial or sentencing for a crime, or serve relatively short sentences. Bay County Prisons are longer-term facilities where inmates serve out a prison sentence, usually of a year or more, for their crimes.

You may contact Jails & Prisons for questions about:
  • Locating Bay County inmates
  • Finding out who is in Jail or Prison
  • Searching for criminal records
  • Performing Bay County background checks
  • Contacting, visiting and sending money to inmates
Bay County Inmate Searches

All levels of Bay County Jails and Prisons provide information about inmates upon request. You may contact correctional facilities to search for inmates. Detention facilities in Bay County, MI provide details of Jail and Prison rosters, inmate contact information, visitation policies and procedures, and how send money to loved ones who may be incarcerated. Bay County inmate searches and lookups are available by contacting Bay County Jails, Bay County, Michigan State, and Federal Prisons.

Bay County Jails

Jails are Bay County government facilities in the county criminal justice system. A Lockup is a particular type of Jail that serves as a temporary holding facility, attached to the Bay County Police Department or Bay County Sheriff's Department, which houses suspects while they await bail or transport to another Jail.

Prisons in Bay County, Michigan

Bay County Prisons can be categorized by level of security: minimum, medium, or maximum. Minimum Security Prisons allow inmates considerable daily movement and are intended for non-violent criminals and inmates who pose little risk of escape or threat to prison staff or other inmates. Medium Security Prisons are somewhat more restrictive facilities, but still allow for daily movement and house inmates in housing units instead of cells. Maximum Security Prisons are reserved for the most violent offenders and those who pose the highest escape threat, and these facilities place the greatest restrictions on inmates.

In Michigan, State Prisons are run by a Department of Corrections (DOC) or the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Federal Prisons are the responsibility of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP). While most prisons are owned and operated by government agencies, many prisons have been privatized. Private prisons are owned and operated by for-profit companies under contract with government agencies, though oversight of private prisons remains the responsibility of Bay County, Michigan State, and Federal Government.