Hennepin County Jail

The jail is also known as the Adult Detention Center and is operated by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. It is located in two different buildings in downtown Minneapolis, but treated as one facility:

  • The jail inside the Public Safety Facility has 330 beds for arrestees.
  • The jail inside City Hall has 509 beds for arrestees.
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Admittance policy

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 who constitutes a threat to the orderly operation of the jail, or the safety of inmates, staff or other visitors.

Bail

Bail is payable at the Public Safety Facility, 401 South Fourth Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415 (Map).

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, call the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Jail. Have the inmate's full name and date of birth available for the operator.

Contraband items

The Public Safety Facility and the Adult Detention Center, operated by the Sheriff's Office, are secure detention facilities. Bringing contraband into the institutions is strictly prohibited.

Contraband items include:

  • Guns
  • Knives (any size)
  • Mace/pepper spray
  • Nail files
  • Tweezers
  • Razors
  • Scissors
  • Box cutters
  • Knitting needles
  • Needles (hypodermic)
  • Fingernail/toenail clippers
  • Swiss Army card
  • Large sets of keys on lanyards (may be swung as weapons)

This list is not all inclusive and other items deemed dangerous will be confiscated.

Inmate property and money

Property

  • Inmate property can only be collected at the property room at the Public Safety Facility, 401 South Fourth Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (Map)
  • If a person wishes to pick up an inmate's property, the inmate must complete and sign a release form.
  • One set of clothing that is suitable for court may be brought for an inmate's felony court trial appearance.
  • People coming to the property room to bring clothes, or other allowable items, or to collect an inmate's belongings, must be 18 or older and have a current state or federally issued photo ID.
  • The property oom is open seven days a week during the following hours:
    • 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Money

  • Money may be sent to inmates through the US mail in the form of cash or money order made payable to the inmate. 
  • Money may also be dropped off or picked up at the Property Room seven days a week during the following hours:
    • 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Inmate information, phone calls and mail

Inmate Information

General information regarding a specific inmate may be obtained by calling the Adult Detention Division, at 612-348-5112. Please have the inmate's full name and date of birth available for the operator.

The operator has limited information about inmates. Information will be released according to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Chapter 13). Once an inmate is released, no information will be available over the phone.

Phone Calls and Inmates

If you do not wish to receive phone calls from inmates in the jail, have problems receiving phone calls, or have questions related to bills you have received after accepting collect phone calls, contact Correctional Billing Services.

Sending Inmates Mail

Mail to inmates should be sent to

Public Safety Facility
401 South Fourth Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota  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.

Visiting hours and guidelines

Official Visits

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.

Visiting Guidelines

  • The Public Safety Facility and the City Hall building form the Adult Detention Division and are a secure detention facilities. Bringing contraband into either building is strictly prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted.
  • All visitors must be listed on the inmate’s visitor list.
  • All adult visitors are required to have a valid state or federally issued photo ID. If a person does not have a state or federally issued ID, they can apply for one at the Hennepin County Government Center, A-Level, Suite A025, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55487. The yellow receipt with any other picture ID will be accepted.
  • Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and both the adult and minor must be listed on the inmate’s visitor list.
  • All visitors will be required to walk through a metal detector prior to being allowed entry.
  • Visiting passes will not be issued during the last 15 minutes of the visiting time.
  • The Adult Detention Division reserves the right to end the visit before the end of the visiting time. Any infractions of visiting rules could result in the denial of future visits.
  • Any visitor who is unwilling or unable to comply with visiting guidelines will not be allowed entrance into the secure detention area.
  • All social visits will be noncontact and conducted in the visiting areas of each facility. Each visiting booth separates the inmate from the visitor by a glass partition with telephones to provide communication.
  • All visitors must be appropriately dressed.
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