Prison Life

Information for Attorneys helping Clients

SADO is pleased to provide the Defender Guide for Attorneys: Policies and Procedures of the Michigan Department of Corrections, a comprehensive manual with information and advice to help you navigate your client through all aspects of life in prison.  This 104-page manual covers topics from intake and programming, daily life, medical needs, visits from friends and family members, to parole and much more.  Authored by Assistant Defender Jessica Zimbelman, the Guide blends unique insight from her prior experience with the Legislative Corrections Ombudsman with her holistic approach to lawyering at SADO.

For Families and Friends of Incarcerated Individuals
What happens after your loved one has been convicted of a crime? We welcome you to attend a Family and Friends Informational Session to learn more about appeals and life after incarceration. Access the information packet prepared by SADO’s Client and Public Outreach Committee, which addresses the following topics:

  • The process of a criminal appeal
  • Visiting a prison (policies of the MDOC)
  • Communicating with an inmate of the MDOC
  • Basic resources for inmates and their loved ones

Child Support while Incarcerated in Michigan

For Michigan parents who are incarcerated, please see this Child Support Packet detailing the parent's obligations along with tips, contact information and a form motion to suspend payments.

For inmates in the Michigan Department of Corrections, Defender Guide to Michigan's Commutation Process

Preparing for Parole
Parole Preparation Kit - compilation of materials prepared by American Friends Service Committee, MI-CURE, and SADO