Corrections Division






To serve as a detention facility for lawfully incarcerated individuals. To assure the public’s safety by securely maintaining the custody of these individuals in a secure and cost effective environment that is safe for both the inmates and staff.

Acknowledging that incarceration is, in and of itself punishment, programs offered within the scope of this facility will strive to address the social, educational, and behavioral needs of the inmate.

Through the application of a behavior based method of detention, by using and maintaining the highest possible staff recruitment standards and the continuous training of that staff, we will strive to create an environment that allows inmates to use their time incarcerated in a productive manner and prepare them for re-entry back into the public no worse physically, emotionally or psychologically than when they entered the facility.

We recognize that the Criminal Justice System is composed of many parts, and the mutual interactions of all the components of that system is essential for the system to be effectual. We will work in cooperation with those systems to enable its effectiveness.

The administration and the staff are committed to the preservation of the Constitutional human rights of all inmates. The Benzie County Jail is operated under the direction of Sheriff of Benzie County, specifically pursuant to Michigan law. Further the Administrative Rules for Jails and Lockups, as established by the Michigan Department of Corrections, shall serve as the primary operational guide.




The Corrections Division of the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for processing and supervision of all arrested and incarcerated persons by the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office, and all other law enforcement agencies operating in Benzie County. The Benzie County Jail Policies and Procedures have been established with the guidance of the Michigan Department of Corrections, Administrative Rules for Jails and Lock-ups as well as American Corrections Association, Standards for Adult Local Detention Facilities. The Benzie County Jail has been found to be in total compliance with the Administrative Rules continuously since 2000, with our most recent inspection being in 2011.   All of our agency’s Correctional Staff are certified by the Michigan Sheriff’s Training and Coordinating Council.  Additionally, they are required to be re-certified  annually with oversight by the MSCTC .2013_03_14_06_11_450001

2013 MSCTC Training Cert.