All About Detroit Detention Center and Contacting Inmates

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How to Connect With an Inmate at Detroit Detention Center

Detroit Detention Center (DDC) opened in 2013 on the grounds of the former Mound Correctional Facility, which was closed a year earlier. The center is a pre-trial facility that houses both male and female offenders who are 17 years and older awaiting arraignment.

The detention center operates under an interagency agreement between the Detroit Police Department and the Michigan Department of Correction. The facility is responsible for booking and taking fingerprints of all inmates arrested by the Detroit police.

The maximum number of inmates that the center can house is 200. Finding your loved one at the facility can be a daunting task. Luckily, DoNotPay helps you connect with an inmate at Detroit Detention Center without breaking a sweat.

Where is Detroit Detention Center?

Detroit Detention Center is located in eastern Detroit, less than ten miles from downtown. You can enquire about an inmate at the facility by mail, phone, web, fax, or phone.

General contact information for DDC:

Physical address

17601 Mound Road

Detroit, MI 48212

Phone number313-368-8300
Websitehttp://www.michigan.gov/corrections/0,4551,7-119-68854_1381_1385-354404--,00.html
Fax313-368-8972
General emailBPLHelp@michigan.gov
WardenJodi DeAngelo

How to Contact an Inmate at Detroit Detention Center on Your Own

The inmates at Detroit Detention Center are pre-arraigned detainees. Therefore, they are not permitted to have physical visits from friends and family members, except their legal counsel.

Here are the various ways you can communicate with an inmate at the facility they're in:

1. Connect with an Inmate Via Telephone

The current facility vendor for prison call service is the Global Tel link Corporation. The service provider allows each detainee at least 20 numbers that become their personal allowed numbers (PAN). Global Tel Link rates are $0.14 per minute for all calls. Inmates can make outgoing phone calls, but you cannot call an inmate directly. A detainee at the center can call using the following three options:

  1. Collect calls - The detainee can call the PAN, and the call charges will appear on the receiver's monthly bill.
  2. Prepaid collect calls - The option allows family and friends to set up a calling account to their personal phone number. So, charges are deducted from the receiver's account every time the detainee calls the number.
  3. Debit calls - Debit calling gives the detainee total control of their phone accounts. The detainee will purchase debit minutes through the institution's disbursement process and will be able to call their family and friends.

2. Contact an Inmate Via Mail

Before writing a letter to an inmate, contact the facility and ask about the guidelines for writing a letter. The general rules state that you should write your letter using a pen or pencil.

Do not include:

  • Pornography
  • Markings using lipstick
  • Staples
  • Glitter
  • Drawings as they can be interpreted as a secret code

The letter sent to Detroit Detention Center will be read for security purposes. Therefore, you should feel comfortable sharing the message with a third party. When sending mail to an inmate, ensure it's in the following format for easy presentation of the letter to the detainee:

Inmate name and DOC number

Detroit Detention Center

17601 Mound Road

Detroit, MI 48212

If you would like to write to a prison pen pal or need tips on how to write to an inmate, DoNotPay has got you covered.

How to Send Money to a Detroit Detention Center Inmate

Global Tel Link Corporation has various payment options that allow the inmates to receive funds while at the detention center. They include:

1. By Phone

The GTL has an automated voice messaging system that provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to complete your transaction. When calling, you'll be required to provide:

  • Account number
  • Name of the facility
  • Inmate's name and DOC number
  • Payment information

2. Online

To deposit money into a DDC inmate's account, you need to create a ConnectNetwork account under Global Tel Link. Once you're signed in, select the facility and inmate's name for which you'd like to make a payment/deposit. Then provide details such as the amount to be sent and credit card information to complete your transaction.

3. Through a Kiosk

You can find the GTL physical shops in courthouses, probation offices, or government offices. Pay a visit to any location with their offices, insert your cash, debit, or credit card, and then choose the facility and the inmate's name. The funds will reflect in the inmate's account immediately.

Can I Send Packages to an Inmate at Detroit Detention Center?

An inmate can receive packages from friends and family having prior written approval from an authorized staff member at the Detroit Detention Center or the inmate's unit team. Confirm if your package request has been approved by contacting the facility either by:

There is an Easier Way to Connect With a DDC Inmate

All policies and procedures are put in place by the Michigan Department of Corrections and should be adhered to. But if you could use a simple but effective way of contacting a DDC inmate, would you use it? We think you would, and we want to show you that way now!

How to Get in Touch With Your Incarcerated Loved One the Foolproof Way With DoNotPay

Using the DoNotPay Connect With an Inmate feature is the fast and easy way to get in touch with an inmate at the Detroit Detention Center. All you need to do to start the process is;

  • Inmate ID number or booking number
  • Name of the prison
  • Unit the prisoner is in (if applicable)

DoNotPay Can Help Locate Your Imprisoned Friend

Your loved one might be arrested for criminal behavior or activity by the Detroit Police Department without your knowledge. Searching for them can be an excruciating process.

DoNotPay works fast and conveniently to help you locate an inmate at any facility in the following simple steps.

  1. Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.

  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.

  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide their personal details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.

  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.

  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait 10 days for it to arrive to your loved one!

DoNotPay Can Help You With Other Services

DoNotPay helps you to connect with an inmate at Detroit Detention Center and inmates at any other facility. In addition, we have partnered with various service providers and government entities to help you quickly access everyday solutions and information. Some of our services include:

  • Create a Power of Attorney
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