Facing Forward

The 7 block of the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility

  • The Southern Michigan Correctional Facility's 7 block has five floors consisting of 515 cells in total. The cell layout was designed in a way that had all the doors facing one another which caused issues in noise control.
  • The 7 Block of the Southern Michigan Correction Facility, also known as JMF, sits quiet and empty.
  • Paul Slagter, acting administrative assistant at the reception and guidance center, sorts through keys while on a tour of the Michigan Souther Correctional Facility's 7 Block.
  • A cell of the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility's 7 Block.
  • A sign to remind people some of the rules on the 7 block of the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility.
  • The floor of JMF's 7 block gave inmates a place to play cards or visit.
  • The 7 Block of the Southern Michigan Correction Facility, also known as JMF, sits quiet and empty.
  • The cells of the JMF cell blocks were controlled by electric switches near where correction's officers held their shifts.
  • A line of cells on the fourth floor of the JMF 7 block.
  • An office on the fourth floor of the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility's 7 block bears a painting of an outdoor winter scene.
  • A gate is left open of caged area of the yard outside of the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility's 6 Block. Some prisoners were made to take their outside recreation time inside of these fenced cells.
  • A bank of telephones outside of the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility's 7 block yard. Prisoners could make calls, which were recorded, to the outside of the prison.


Aaron and I recently got the chance to tour the 7 block of the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility. It was a pretty eerie place.

Added at 7:58 pm on November 22, 2010, by . Filed under Feature, gallery, Jackson Citizen Patriot