The state prison system consists of high, medium, and low security levels. State prisoners can be transferred to prisons in other states. Minnesota also has several federal prisons. Local jurisdiction incarceration facilities include jails at the county level and sometimes even the city level. Some counties have lease agreements with ICE (Immigration) authorities. In addition, some counties have a juvenile detention system, which is separate from the adult jails or prisons, but when juveniles are certified as adult and convicted, they can be sent to adult prisons.



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Federal Correctional Institution – Waseca

Federal Prison Camp – Duluth

Federal Correctional Institution – Sandstone

Federal Medical Center – Rochester


Ramsey County Jail

Admissions to State Prisons

2010 – 1143

2011 – 1115

2012 – 1192

2013 – 1226

2014 – 1057

2015 – 1040

2016 – 923

2017 – 922

2018 – 783

2019 – 652

Source: Minnesota Department of Corrections & Star Tribune.

Hennepin County Jail

Access year-to-year statistics here.

State Prisons

Total inmate population is 8,330 (as of July 1, 2020).

Christians make up 48.2% of inmates.

College or greater educational level is 19.5% of inmates.


Minnesota inmate dies after pleas for help were ignore. [Pioneer Press, Nora Eckert, June 29, 2021]. Read Here.

KARE 11 Investigates: 50 deaths in MN jails to be investigated by state. [KARE 11, Brandon Stahl, July 29, 2020]. Read Here.

An inmate at Waseca women’s prison calls it a COVID ‘zombiland,’ and ACLU files a federal suit. [Star Tribune, Randy Furst, December 28, 2020]. Read Here.

COVID-positive inmate at Faribault prison dies. Read Here.

Inmate from Rush City prison dies after COVID-19 diagnosis. [BringMeTheNews, Joe Nelson, November 29, 2020]. Read Here.