The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office operates the largest pre-trial adult detention facility (commonly called the jail) in the State of Minnesota. Jail facilities are located in two different buildings in downtown Minneapolis, but are treated as one facility:
On average each year, there are approximately 40,000 bookings at the jail. The jail is currently staffed for a capacity of 703 beds, and the average population in 2009 was 694. The jail has consistently earned the distinction of being accredited by the American Correctional Association for maintaining the highest standards of inmate custody and care. The Minnesota Department of Corrections also conducts periodic reviews of our detention facility and consistently finds the facility to be in full compliance with all mandatory rules, standards and operating guidelines.
Please use the provided links to access information that may be useful to you should you ever find it necessary to visit our facility.
Admittance will be denied to any individual who refuses to submit to a search or a warrant check.
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office reserves the right to revoke a visit or refuse admittance to any individual whom, in our judgment, may constitute a threat to the safety, security or good order of this institution.
Bail is payable at the Public Safety Facility (401 South Fourth Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415). For address and directions to the PSF, click here to Map It! Bail is accepted at the In-Custody Records window 24 hours a day. Only cash is accepted (no checks or credit cards). A current state-issued photo ID is required to pay the bail.
To inquire about bail over the phone, please call the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Jail (see on the right under "Contact Information"). Please have the inmate's full name and date of birth available for the operator.
The Public Safety Facility (PSF) and the Adult Detention Center (ADC), operated by the Sheriff's Office, are secure detention facilities. The introduction of contraband into the institutions is strictly prohibited. Contraband items include:
This list is not all inclusive and other items deemed dangerous will be confiscated.
General information regarding a specific in-custody inmate may be obtained by calling the Adult Detention Division. Please see telephone number on the right under "Contact Information." Please have the inmate's full name and date of birth available for the operator.
The operator has limited information available for only in-custody inmates. Information released for in-custody inmates will be according to established guidelines in the MN Government Data Practices Act (Chapter 13). Once an inmate is released, no information will be available over the phone.
If you do not wish to receive phone calls from inmates in our custody, are having problems receiving phone calls, or have questions related to bills you have received after accepting collect phone calls, please call Correctional Billing Services (see on the right under "Contact Information").
Mail to inmates should be sent to the PSF (401 South Fourth Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415). All mail must be addressed using the inmate's full name. All mail must be sent through the US mail.
Inmates are not allowed to receive packages, including photographs. Packages will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender. Photographs will be removed from the envelope and returned to the inmate at the time of release.
Recommended time: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Times to avoid: lunch (10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.), shift change (2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
Social Visiting Hours
Monday: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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