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.


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You can pay bail 24 hours a day at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility, 401 South Fourth Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415.

  • Pay bail at the in-custody records window.
  • The sheriff's office accepts only cash for the exact amount of bail (no checks or credit cards). There is no cash machine on site.
  • You must show a current government-issued photo identification to pay bail.
  • To ask about bail over the phone, call the jail at 612-348-5112. Have the inmate's full name and date of birth ready.

Bail vs. bond

Bail is cash that someone pays to get a defendant out of jail. The money is refunded if the defendant returns for their court date. If the defendant doesn’t have the cash to pay bail, they could use a bail bond company. In that case, the defendant gets a loan using collateral like a house or car, plus pays a percentage of the bail. The bond company pays the court part of the total bail. If the defendant doesn’t return for the scheduled court date, the bond company pays the rest of the bail.

Inmate money and property


You can send cash or money order by mail or MoneyGram. You can also drop off or pick up money at the jail 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

To make a deposit, you must have the exact spelling of the inmate's name and their person identification (PAK) number.

Most deposits and withdrawals from an inmate account include a 10 percent transaction fee ($10 maximum). The fee does not apply to initial deposits, final release or money deposited for bail. Cashier checks and money orders may be held for verifications before deposit.

Money services

You can make a deposit from home using these services.

You must have a credit/debit card or check, inmate's name and their PAK number, and use the facility code 5500 for commissary deposit.

You must have inmate's name and PAK number, and use the code 5500 for commissary deposits or 4500 for bail.

For company name, use SSC Inmate Funding, Bradenton, FL.
Use 7950 as the inmate funding code.
Inmate three-character facility ID is FCM. Example: FCM123456789

Inmate property

  • Visitors bringing or collecting property must be at least 18 and have a current state or federally issued photo identification.
  • You can collect inmate property at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility, 401 S Fourth Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
  • The inmate must complete and sign a release form for anyone else to pick up their property.
  • You can bring one set of clothing suitable for court to an inmate.
  • Property room hours are 7 to 10 a.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.

Visiting hours and rules

Visiting hours for friends and family

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

Note: the jail will stop sending social visitors to visiting areas 15 minutes before the end of the visiting period.

Visiting hours for police and attorneys

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

Visiting rules

  • All visitors’ names, including adults and children, must appear on the inmate’s visitor list.
  • Adult visitors must have a valid government issued photo identification. A yellow receipt with any other picture identification is acceptable.
  • Visitors under 18 must come with a parent or legal guardian.
  • All visitors must dress appropriately.
  • No contraband, including guns, knives, mace/pepper spray, nail files, tweezers, razors, scissors, box cutters, knitting needles, nail clippers, Swiss army card, large sets of keys on lanyards, and any items deemed dangerous.
  • All visitors must walk through a metal detector before entry.
  • Visiting passes won’t be issued during the last 15 minutes of the visiting time.
  • No cameras or cell phones are allowed in the visiting area.
  • Visits last 20 minutes, and can be shorter on busy days.
  • All visits take place in a visiting area.
  • No physical contact between visitors and inmates. Visiting booths separate the inmate and visitor with a glass divider, with telephones for communication.
  • Staff may end the visit before the end of the visiting time.
  • Violating any visiting rules could result in denial of future visits.

Inmate medical care

The jail has nursing staff on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Inmates are medically assessed on entering the jail, and after that. The jail also has a doctor who handles special needs, such as administering certain medications.

Inmate information, phone calls and mail

Inmate information

To get an inmate's name, charges and next court appearance, either call the jail or search the jail roster.

Call the jail at 612-348-5112 and have the inmate's full name and date of birth available. Once an inmate is released, we don't release information over the phone.

Search the jail roster

Phone calls with inmates

All phone calls between inmates and their family and friends are recorded. If you don’t want to get phone calls from inmates, have problems getting phone calls, or have questions related to bills you’ve received after accepting collect phone calls, contact Correctional Billing Services.

Sending mail to inmates

Mail to inmates should be sent to:
Hennepin County Public Safety Facility
401 S Fourth Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Use the inmate's full name, and send through the US mail.

Inmates cannot receive packages, including photographs. Packages will be returned to the sender. Photographs will be removed from the envelope and returned to the inmate at time of release.

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