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Hennepin County jail

The Hennepin County jail, formally called the adult detention center, is a pre-trial facility in downtown Minneapolis. Inmates are housed in the public safety facility and in city hall, across the street from each other. The two locations are treated as one facility. The public safety facility and city hall are just north of the Hennepin County Government Center, on the light rail line.

Entrance to the Public Safety Facility is on the corner of 4th Avenue and 5th Street. Visitors must pass through weapons screening.

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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 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). 

To inquire about bail over the phone, call the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Jail at 612-348-5112. Have the inmate's full name and date of birth available for the operator.

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 but are not limited to:

  • 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.


  • 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 room is open seven days a week, 7–10 a.m. and 7–10 p.m.


You can drop off money any time for an inmate by using the cashier in the front lobby of the Public Safety Facility. There is also a cashier located at the public visiting area of the City Hall facility (only open during normal business hours or social visiting) You will need the exact spelling of the inmate’s name and their personal identification (PAK) number. A roster will be supplied daily at the lobby cashier to assist you. You can also make a deposit on an inmates account by visiting Instructions are on the website. Be certain you are selecting the correct facility. Note deposit fees apply and are subject to change. See the cashier or website on current fees.

  • 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 picked up at the Property Room seven days a week, 7–10 a.m. and 7–10 p.m.

Note: there will be a 10 percent transaction fee or $10 maximum on money released from an inmate account while they are in custody. This fee does not apply to initial deposits, final release or monies being deposited for bail.

Cashier checks and money orders may be held for verifications before the deposit is completed and funds made available to the inmate.

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 S. 4th Ave.
Mpls, MN 55415


All mail must be addressed using the inmate's full name, and 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.

Social visiting hours

To comply with the Minnesota Department of Health's social distancing guidelines for the COVID-19 virus, in-person visitation is temporarily suspended. 

Official visiting hours for police and attorneys

Police and attorneys can visit the jail at anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Visiting guidelines

  • The Public Safety Facility and the City Hall building form the Adult Detention Division and are secure detention facilities. Bringing contraband into either building is strictly prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted.
  • You need to follow all directions given by security staff.
  • Social visits are offered on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Access to a social visit is a privilege for inmates and guests.
  • Inmates are limited to 2 social visits per each visiting day offered, no exceptions.
  • Arrive early to better your opportunity at a social visit and to avoid delays.
  • All visitors must dress appropriately. Revealing clothing will not be permitted.
  • All visitors who display clear signs of illness shall not be admitted. 
  • All visitors, including children, must be on an inmates visiting list and pre-approved prior to entrance.
    • Visitors under 18 years of age must come with a parent or legal guardian.
  • Any visitor under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be denied a visit and asked to leave the facility.
  • All visitors must walk through a metal detector before entry.
  • Be prepared to secure any and all personal items deemed contraband by the facility prior to the social visit.
    • No purses, bags, cellphones/electronics, jackets, guns, knives, mace/pepper spray, nail clippers and files, tweezers, razors, scissors, box cutters, knitting needles, tobacco, food and/or beverage or any item deemed a security threat will be allowed into the facility.
  • Have a valid government identification ready to present at the visiting desk.
  • All social visits will be held in a secured visiting area.No physical contact will occur between visitors and inmates.
  • Every attempt will be made to provide you with a 20 minute social visit however your visit may be shortened with our without notice.
  • Visiting passes will not be issued during the last 15 minutes of the visiting time.
  • The jail reserves the right to discontinue or shorten a social visiting session with our without notice.
  • Any violation of visiting rules could result in immediate termination of your current visit and may impact future visiting privileges.
  • Any visitor who is unwilling or unable to comply with visiting guidelines will not be allowed entrance into the secure detention area.


Approximately 140 volunteers from a variety of community groups visit the jail on a regular basis to provide instruction and mentoring to inmates. 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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office installed a video visitation system to provide a safe, secure alternative to in-person visits. The video visitation system will remain in place after the pandemic ends, as it is an affordable, flexible and convenient system for visiting with temporarily incarcerated friends and family.

Inmates visit with friends and family from a terminal in their housing unit. Visitors simply need to download the free Securus Visitation app in the App Store or Google Play and can use any device, such as a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, if they have a high-speed internet connection. Visitors must create an account at and request access to visit at the Hennepin County Jail. Jail staff reviews the request and approves appropriate visitors. Once approved, a visitor can schedule remote visits online.

Currently, the system is only being used for social visiting to facilitate video visits between inmates and family and friends. It is not being used for professional visitation.

Video visitation is available 7 days a week during the following time windows:

  • MON-FRI: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9:30 p.m.
  • SAT & SUN: 10:00 a.m. – 4PM and 7 – 9:30 p.m.

An inmate can have 1 visit per day and up to 3 visits per week (Sunday-Saturday).

Visits are up to 20 minutes in length.

Visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.

For now, only the family/friend can schedule. The family/friend pays for the visit when it is scheduled.

The introductory cost of one 20-minute visit is $2.00 until March 31, 2021. After March 31, 2021, the price will increase to $4.00 per 20-minute visit.

Securus tech support for video visitation-related issues can be reached at 1-877-578-3658.

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