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How Are Inmate Records in Minnesota Created and Stored?

Inmate records are the paperwork and files which follow an inmate through the justice system from arrest to parole. When someone is arrested, the first form to be filled out is a RAP sheet which contains all the personal information for the suspect such as name, address, phone number and then details about their crime. Often this document is accompanied by a mugshot. In Minnesota, the Department of Corrections is the government agency in charge of maintaining and storing all inmate records. The records are updated daily whenever an event takes place in the inmate's life. These records are kept in a centralized database making an inmate search quick and easy.

How to Find if Someone is in Jail or Prison in Minnesota?

Locating someone in a Minnesota jail or prison is made easy due to everything being computerized and online. Like many states, Minnesota has an inmate locator search tool right on the Department of Corrections website. To use it to find a Minnesota inmate in prison, follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the Minnesota Department of Corrections website
  2. From the main menu, go to "Family & Visitors," and then choose "Search for Offenders and Fugitives"
  3. Click the "Offender Locator" button near the top of the page
  4. Now select your type of search. You can search by name or MNDOC Offender ID
  5. This will open fields for you to fill in. Enter the criteria and hit the "Search" button
  6. The results will show the name, birth date, offender ID, and current status. You can click the inmate’s name for additional details

 

Finding out if someone has any arrests or criminal records is also easy using the Infotracer search tool. The results include things like arrests, incarcerations, convictions, court cases, and more.

What Does Minnesota’s Prison System Look Like?

Minnesota prides itself on reduced recidivism and claims that "75% of Minnesota offenders will remain free of a new felony conviction and out of prison for at least three years after release." The state has a variety of facilities and programs aimed at rehabilitation along with public safety. They also have innovative programs and education to help transition inmates back into society after release. The Minnesota prison system includes:

  • 10 state prisons split into four custody levels
  • 5 federal prisons
  • 1 juvenile detention center
  • 87 county jails
  • Various reentry services and an Intensive Supervised Release (ISR) Program

Did you Know?

  • 93% of prison inmates in Minnesota are male, 7% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in Minnesota increased by 224 percent (from $267,177,674 to $866,329,000).
  • As of 2016, there were 774 women in Minnesota federal prisons.
  • Between 2007 and 2016, the Minnesota prison population increased by 12%

Types of Jails/Prisons in Minnesota

All ten state prisons, the juvenile detention center, and supervision programs are overseen and managed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. These facilities house both youth offenders and adults. The facilities are divided into four custody levels ranging from low-security to maximum. Each of the county jails is managed and supervised by the local county Sheriff's Office. Jails hold pretrial detainees and inmates sentenced to less than a year in jail. The five federal prison facilities in Minnesota that house federal prisoners are operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

How Many People are Locked up in Minnesota?

Minnesota’s prison system holds 10,592 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 9,302 residents are held in state prisons, 259 in federal prisons, 8 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 1,023 in local jails.

Correctional Facilities: Totals:
Juvenile Correctional Facilities8
Federal Prisons259
State Prisons9,302
Local Jails1,023

Minnesota State Prisons

The Minnesota state prison system is split into four distinct custody levels for different types of inmates. Some require additional supervision and other supports, while others are low-maintenance and low-risk. The prison facilities in Minnesota include:

  • Faribault - minimum and medium-security units
  • Lino Lakes - minimum and medium-security units
  • Oak Park Heights - maximum security
  • Red Wing - minimum security (holds adults and youths)
  • Rush City - close security
  • Shakopee - women-only housing all four levels of custody
  • St. Cloud - close security
  • Stillwater - minimum and close security units
  • Togo - minimum security
  • Willow River / Moose Lake - minimum and medium-security units

 

How to Search for State Prison Inmates in Minnesota

Minnesota has made it easy for someone performing a Minnesota inmate search to do so easily. Follow the instructions below to find someone incarcerated in a state prison in Minnesota.

  1. Visit the Minnesota Department of Corrections website
  2. From the main menu, go to "Family & Visitors," and then choose "Search for Offenders and Fugitives"
  3. Click the "Offender Locator" button near the top of the page
  4. Now select your type of search. You can search by name or MNDOC Offender ID
  5. This will open fields for you to fill in. Enter the criteria and hit the "Search" button
  6. The results will show the name, birth date, offender ID, and current status. You can click the inmate’s name for additional details

 

Minnesota Federal Prisons

The state of Minnesota also has five federal prison facilities which house and rehabilitate inmates who have violated federal laws. All of these institutions are overseen and managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB). The list of federal prison facilities in Minnesota include:

  • Duluth FPC - minimum-security federal prison camp with 535 inmates
  • Minneapolis RRM - residential reentry office
  • Rochester FMC - An administrative security federal medical center housing 699 male offenders
  • Sandstone FCI - low-security facility housing 1,141 male inmates
  • Waseca FCI - low-security facility housing 657 female offenders

 

Minnesota's Federal Prison Population During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total423935127197259
Male403934124194238
Female2013321

How to Search for an Inmate in a Minnesota Federal Prison

The process for finding an inmate in Minnesota federal prison is different than with state inmates. The Federal Bureau of Prisons manages the federal prison system, and therefore, anyone wanting to perform a Minnesota inmate search for a federal prisoner must contact them directly. Another option is to use the offender locator feature on their website or visit the facility pages on the FOB site. Each page has detailed instructions on visitation sending gifts or money and phone calls. They also include contact details so family and friends can call to check on someone incarcerated there.

Minnesota County Jails

Minnesota has eighty-seven counties throughout the state. Each county has its own Sheriff's Office with a jail to temporarily house suspects awaiting trial or an initial hearing. Sometimes a judge will sentence a first-time offender to a short stay in jail rather than prison. These facilities hold those inmates also. There is no centralized list of facilities, but many of the local Sheriff's Offices do have their own websites.

Minnesota's County and Local Jail Prison Population During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total5626149639971,2111,023
Male5215679099291,112909
Female4147546899114

How to Perform a Minnesota Jail Inmate Search

All Minnesota jails are operated individually by the local Sheriff's Office, and they fall outside the jurisdiction of the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Therefore, anyone wanting to perform a Minnesota jail inmate search must contact the local police or Sheriff's Office directly. Many of them have websites with a list of current jail residents or an offender locator tool. At the very least, these sites will have contact details.

Minnesota Juvenile Detention Centers

The state of Minnesota has one juvenile detention facility called the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing. They reference its purpose as providing: "treatment, education, and transition services for male juvenile offenders either as a condition of court-ordered probation or as the result of having been committed to the commissioner of corrections." Part of the mission of this facility is to repair the relationship between the offenders and the community. They do this through volunteer work, education, and rehabilitation.

Juvenile Population in Custody During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total571310108
Male571310108
Female000000

How to Search for Inmates in Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

Although juvenile records are sealed and cannot be searched online, family, friends, and interested parties can contact the Red Wing facility directly to obtain information about an inmate staying there. The Minnesota Department of Corrections also oversees this facility so anyone wishing to find a Minnesota inmate in a juvenile detention facility can also contact them. They have information on their website about visitation, phone calls, and sending gifts.

Minnesota Release and Supervision Centers

Although Minnesota does not have facilities to house transitioning inmates who will be released soon, they do have a unique Intensive Supervised Release (ISR) Program which includes electronic monitoring, weekly visits, mandatory work or school schedules, curfews, mandatory restitution, and random drug testing. This program is for high-risk individuals who require additional supervision upon release. For less severe cases, the state also offers reentry programs to help released inmates find work, housing, and re-integrate back into society successfully.

How to Search for an Inmate in a Minnesota Supervised Release Program

All the reentry and supervised programs in Minnesota fall under the umbrella of the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Therefore, anyone participating in these programs and receiving services will show up in a search. Follow the instructions below which are the same as for finding a Minnesota state prison inmate.

  1. Visit the Minnesota Department of Corrections website
  2. From the main menu, go to "Family & Visitors," and then choose "Search for Offenders and Fugitives."
  3. Click the "Offender Locator" button near the top of the page
  4. Now select your type of search. You can search by name or MNDOC Offender ID
  5. This will open fields for you to fill in. Enter the criteria and hit the "Search" button
  6. The results will show the name, birth date, offender ID, and current status. You can click the inmate’s name for additional details

 

Why are People Incarcerated in Minnesota?

There are roughly 21,000 people in prison in Minnesota. About half of them (11,000) are in state prison. Another 5,900 are in county jails, 2,200 are in federal prisons, 850 are in juvenile detention, 850 are in mental institutions getting treatment, and another 40 reside in Indian county facilities. The top reason people are incarcerated in Minnesota is crimes against other people. The second most popular reason is drugs, then sex crimes and homicide. The fewest number of people are in prison for robbery and weapons charges.

Minnesota’s Incarceration Rate and Statistics

Minnesota’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 191, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 58%. The number of Minnesota prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 10,592, from which 7% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 9,818 in 2016.

2011201220132014201520162017
Total183184189194196191191
Male344344354364366356357
Female24262627282826

Where Do Minnesota Inmates Go When They are Released?

When inmates are released from a Minnesota jail or prison, they will return home to family or friends. Minnesota does not have any transitional facilities to house inmates while they get their feet wet, integrating back into society. However, they do have reentry program services and an intensive supervision program for those inmates who require additional support and help to get on their feet and successfully make lives for themselves outside of prison.

How Does Parole Work in Minnesota?

Some inmates with good behavior may be granted parole. This benefit is offered to inmates who have served about three-quarters of their original sentence. The parole board makes the decision of whether or not they feel the inmate will be a danger to society. If not, they may be released early with supervision. If they violate the terms of their parole, they will be arrested and returned to prison to serve out the remainder of their sentence.

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population: 7,075
Entries: 7,129
Exits: 6,864
Change in 2016: 3%

How Does Someone Get Probation in Minnesota?

As an alternative to prison, a Minnesota judge has the option of ordering probation instead. They do so for low-risk and first-time offenders. This means that the offender may go back to living life but with strict rules and goals. They must meet regularly with a probation officer and achieve other results. If they fail to comply with even one of the court-ordered rules, they will go to prison.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population: 96,852
Entries: 47,266
Exits: 48,579
Change in 2016: -1%

Minnesota Department of Corrections

  • Address: 1450 Energy Park Drive
    St. Paul, MN 55108
  • Phone: (651) 361-7200
  • Fax: (651) 642-0223
  • Website: https://mn.gov/doc/

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