Sheriff's Department

Kent County Correctional Facility

703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Administration: (616) 632-6400
Inmate Information: (616) 632-6300
Business Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

Mission Statement

The Sheriff of Kent County and the Correctional Facility staff are dedicated to the safety and security of the community. The operations of this facility will be governed by the applicable State and Federal laws while maintaining the highest level of professionalism and service to the community.

Responsible inmate behavior will be encouraged by providing fair, impartial and humane treatment for all inmates. The safety and well being of all those incarcerated will be an ongoing objective.

The employees of this facility will be provided with the training, support and supervision necessary to keep a safe and professional environment.

The Correctional Facility is a system of facilities that house the inmates committed to the custody of the Sheriff. The system primarily includes the Main Jail and the Community Reentry Center. In addition to these, the jail always has a small number of inmates out on Writs that are temporarily lodged in other jails or prisons.

The main jail employs the podular and dormitory housing designs to accommodate approximately 1,100 inmates of all security classifications. The facility is programmed for internal security to consist of a combination of direct and indirect supervision.

We are one of the few facilities in the country to have three state-of the-art integrated computer systems working simultaneously. We employ a Jail Management System which ties in with our live scan Identix fingerprint and Video Mugshot systems.

Selected Performance Measures (PDF) »

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Kent County Correctional Facility has a zero tolerance policy toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in our facilities, under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) 2003. We will enforce all federal, state and local laws pertaining to the sexual assault, abuse and harassment of inmates. All reports will be fully investigated, which includes both allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, by the Kent County Correctional Facility and the Kent County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau.

Under PREA, we have established uniform methods for prompt reporting and investigation of allegations of sex-related offenses or threats, identification of predators, protection of victims, and prescribing sanctions for substantiated sexual offenses, as well as false allegations. This standard is directed to all sexual acts relating to:  inmate to inmate and staff to inmate. 

If you suspect that an inmate is the victim of sexual assault/harassment, it can be reported in one of the following ways:

  1. Contact the Kent County Correctional Facility Administration Office during regular business hours at (616) 632-6401 and you will be directed to someone who can take the information.
  2. Call Inmate Information and request to speak with a Shift Supervisor to make a report at (616) 632-6301 (available 24 hours/day)
  3. Call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345 or Toll Free at (866) 774-2345 with the option to remain anonymous.

Contact Us

Sheriff's Department



701 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

(616) 632-6100

(616) 632-6122

Lawrence A. Stelma
Sheriff

Jon Hess
Under Sheriff

Michelle Young
Chief Deputy

Correctional Facility

703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Administration
(616) 632-6400

Inmate Information
(616) 632-6300

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