Jail General Information

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office operates the Adult Detention Center (ADC), which is commonly referred to as the Hennepin County Jail. It is the largest and busiest pre-trial adult detention facility in Minnesota. The Sheriff's Office books approximately 40,000 inmates into the jail each year.

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 jail and consistently finds the facility to be in full compliance with all mandatory rules, standards, and operating guidelines.
Information on in-custody inmates:
Jail Roster or call the Adult Detention Division at 612-348-5112
Hennepin County Jail (located inside the Public Safety Facility)
401 S. 4th Ave. #100
Minneapolis, MN

Rules and Regulations

Admittance Policy

The entrance to the Public Safety Facility is on the corner of 4th Avenue and 5th Street in downtown Minneapolis. 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 located at 401 S. 4th Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415. It is accepted at the In-Custody Records window 24 hours a day. Only cash for the exact amount of bail 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 at 612-348-5112. Please have the inmate's full name and date of birth available for the operator.

Jail Rules and Regulations


The Adult Detention Center (ADC) is located in the Public Safety Facility (PSF) and Minneapolis City Hall. The introduction of contraband is strictly prohibited. Contraband items include: 

- Guns
- Knives, (any size, including keychain pocket knives)
- 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
This list is not all inclusive and other items deemed dangerous will be confiscated.

Jail Rules and Regulations

Inmate Information

General information regarding a specific in-custody inmate may be obtained online by accessing the Jail Roster or by calling the Adult Detention Division at 612-348-5112.  The operator has limited information available for in-custody inmates only.  Information released for in-custody inmates will be according to established guidelines in the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Chapter 13). Once an inmate is released, no information will be available over the telephone.

Inmate Property and Money

Property - Inmate property can be collected at the Property Room at the Public Safety Facility only.

- 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 years of age or older and have a current state or federally issued photo ID.

- The Property Room 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.


A 10% transaction fee ($10 maximum) will be assessed to any money placed on or released from an inmate account while they are in custody. This policy applies to cash, money orders, and cashier checks.  This fee does not apply to initial deposits or final release and will not be assessed to monies being deposited for bail. Cashier checks and money orders may be held for verifications before deposit. 

Money may also be dropped off at the Public Safety Facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by simply using the cashier located in the lobby.  NOTE: you will need to know the exact name and spelling of the inmate and also the inmate's PAK number before making the deposit.  Additionallly you can make a deposit from home by contacting:


Need: Credit, Debit Card or Check

Inmate's Name and PAK Number

Facility Code:  5500 for Commissary Deposit


Need: Inmate's Name and PAK Number

Pay Location (Facility Code):  5500 for Commissary Deposits 4500 if doing Bail


Need:  Company Name:  SSC Inmate Funding, Bradenton, FL

SSC Inmate Funding Code:  7950

Inmate's Three Character Facility ID (FCM) and Inmate's Permanent ID Number example:  FCM123456789

Locations to make deposits:  Walmart, CVS Pharmacy,  ACE Cash Express, Advance America

(Entire list and addresses available at 1-800-MONEYGRAM or www.moneygram.com/locations 

NOTE:  a fee is charged for making a transaction in the lobby, internet or telephone. 

Money may also be 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.

Phone Calls and Inmates

If you do not wish to receive phone calls from inmates in our custody, or you 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 at 1-800-844-6591.

Sending Inmates Mail

Mail to inmates should be sent to the Public Safety Facility 401 S. 4th Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415. All mail must be addressed using the inmate's full name. All mail must be sent through the U.S. 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.

To ensure building safety and security, all visitors entering the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility must pass through weapons screening.

Visiting Hours and Guidelines

Official Visits for police, attorneys, and other recognized 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.

Please note that effective September 1, 2014, social visiting hours will be changed to

Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Wednesday: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

*Please be advised that if we experience an unexpected high volume of visitors at social visiting times, social visiting may be ended earlier than the listed times.

Visiting Guidelines
The Adult Detention Center (ADC) consists of two locations, the Public Safety Facility (PSF) and some floors of Minneapolis City Hall. Both are a secure detention buildings. The introduction of 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 and bring a copy of the receipt, along with any other picture ID in order to be authorized a visit.

Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and both the adult and minor shall 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 visiting before the end of the visiting time. Any infractions may 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 non-contact 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.

Social visitors will not be allowed to bring cell phones into the visiting areas used by a secure underground tunnel.

A detention deputy performs an inmate welfare check, which detention deputies perform regularly throughout their work shifts.Volunteers

Volunteers make a huge contribution to the jail and the inmate population.  Approximately 140 volunteers from a variety of community groups visit the jail on a regular basis to provide instruction and mentoring. Upon request, Chaplains will provide spiritual counseling to inmates. Other volunteers provide educational opportunities and conduct meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, parenting classes, drug abuse prevention, and support for battered women.