Minnesota’s Department Of Corrections is a law enforcement agency that operates prisons and county jails. The headquarters is in St. Paul, and Minnesota does not contract with private prisons.

Inmate Record Check

Arrests, Warrants, Mugshot & More

Minnesota has 93 jails in 87 counties; in 2023, the jail population was 8,274. Those who have a life sentence or life without parole number 149, and the average age of inmates in Minnesota prisons is 38.7. Minnesota abolished the death penalty in 1911. Until 1906 the death penalty was death by hanging.

Minnesota also has five stand-alone federal prisons and one federal prison camp. The North Central Regional Office oversees these federal prisons, and 2,462 inmates are housed inside federal prisons in Minnesota.

Minnesota also has eight county juvenile detention centers and 288 police departments in the state.

Total Facilities and Growing

  • 87Sheriff
  • 84City Police
  • 23Public Records

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Inmate and Jail Roster Search

Look on the Minnesota Department of Corrections website for their offender locator. You can search by the name or the MNDOC Offender number. It is also possible to enter a partial name when searching. The results will be a list of offenders’ names, birth date, offender number, and status. Once you click on the prisoner’s name, you will see additional details including the mugshot, birthdate, sentence date, and details of the offense. An example is:

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Offender ID
  • Status

Click on the name and more information populates:

  • Mugshot – front and side
  • MNDOC Offender ID:
  • Birth Date:
  • Status: Incarcerated as of (Date) at MCF Moose Lake
  • Sentence Date:
  • Anticipated Release Date:
  • Expiration Date:
  • Caseworker:
  • Current Offense Information:
  • Highest Ranked Offense:
  • Court File Number:

Visitation Guidelines and Hours

You are asked not to visit a facility if you are feeling sick. You will need to self-screen for symptoms when you arrive. Visiting is subject to closure at a facility if there are infection concerns.

Scheduling is web-based, and the system allows you to search for available dates and times. Each DOC facility has a link on its visiting page. You can also call a facility to schedule visits. You can also use the “No Wait Inside” scheduling system. When you arrive, click the “arrival” button through your confirmation email. The staff will be notified of your arrival in the parking lot. You will be sent a confirmation when you can enter the facility lobby. Look up the prison name of the county to find the prison or jail you are visiting. Each facility has a schedule.

1101 Linden Lane
Faribault, MN 55021

Faribault is a medium security facility and a minimum security unit located outside the secure perimeter. There is a capacity of 2,000 adult males. Faribault is the largest facility in the DOC system.

  • Visitors must be on an approved list.
  • Four visitors are allowed on each visit.
  • Visitors must schedule a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Call 507-332-4500.

Scheduled dates are:

  • Thursday and Friday
  • 11:30 am to 8:30 am
  • Saturday and Sunday
  • 8:30 am to 3:45 pm
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • No Visiting
  • Holidays
  • No Visiting
  • Restrictive housing visits are non-contact and only conducted via video. You have one hour to visit.

Direct Inmate Communication

Phone Calls

You cannot call an inmate, but you can call the facility in an emergency. You can, however, receive phone calls from an inmate, but the calls must be collected. Inmates can purchase their own phone time through the prisoner canteen. The money you send to an inmate can be used for phone calls.
All phone calls will be monitored and recorded.

Outgoing Mail

Inmates can send out mail, but it will be opened and inspected. Inmates must use the proper postage and pay for the postage themselves.

Incoming Mail

Mail is opened and reviewed except for legal mail which cannot be read. Legal mail may still be opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate. You can send inmate letters, greeting cards, and postcards that do not contain photos or electronics.

You can send an email to an inmate, but you will need the inmate’s ID number. JPay provides a correctional electronic messaging system you can use. You can use your computer or smartphone to stay connected. Visit JPay to set up an account.

All mail must be addressed:

  • Inmate Name, OID Number
  • Facility name
  • PO Box or Street Address
  • City, State, Zip Code

Magazines and books can be sent to an inmate as long as they are directly from a publisher. Books must be paperback and come new. You can also send newspaper and magazine subscriptions through Amazon.com. Publications cannot contain nudity, describe how to manufacture drugs or alcohol, or explain how to make weapons. No publications with maps or hate speech or advocate violence.

Sending Money to an Inmate

Money can be sent to inmates and are deposited into their commissary accounts. A portion of the funds sent may be deducted and paid to owed balances, including restitution, surcharges, and cost of confinement. Money can be used to purchase items from the commissary.

Send funds to an inmate by:

  • Internet – Send money through JPAY.com using a debit or credit card. The fee starts at $3.95 and may be more depending on the amount you are sending.
  • Walk-In – Deposit money by visiting MoneyGram locations. Use the receiver code 1279. A fee of $6.95 is charged and you can use cash or debit card.
  • Phone – Call JPAY at 1-80-0-574-5729 23/7 and use a debit or credit card to fund the transaction. The fee starts at $4.95.
  • Mail – You funds through the US Post Office made payable to JPAY. Include the inmate’s name and OID number. You will also need to use a JPay Minnesota deposit slip.

Mail the deposit slip and money to:

  • JPAY
  • PO Box 246450
  • Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Inmate Records

On the coms.doc.state.mn.us website, you can find more information about an inmate by using the links provided: MN Courts website or BCA website. Once on the website, the information available includes:
Reported Names
Jones, James Edward
Jones, James Edward, III
Jones, James
Jones, James E.

Convictions (in the case of Mr. Jones, he has seven convictions of various offenses). Convictions are listed from current to past convictions including offense, date, and conviction level.
Prison Bookings are listed from most current to last conviction. Information includes:

  • Conviction Date:
  • Statute:
  • Court Name:
  • Controlling Agency:
  • Disposition Date:
  • Court File Number:
  • Case Number:
  • Prison:

This is the same record listing for prisons and county jails.

Booking Procedures

Booking procedures include mental health screening and regular medical screening. Mugshots are taken (side and front view), fingerprints are taken, and a background history is acquired.
Most jails and prisons operate and manage temporary holding rooms for housing prisoners and suspects pending the formal booking process.
The county jail or prison will provide suitable jail clothing that does not have distinctive marks, underclothing, linen and bedding, towels, and medical aid if necessary.
Mugshots or booking photographs are portraits of a person from the shoulder up. These are typically taken after a suspect is arrested. Mugshots are usually a front view and a side view. They can be public records and accessed by family and friends.