Jail and Inmate Search in Minnesota

MN currently has 9,849 inmates in prison. 92.9% of them are male and the rest female. 18.5%, of the majority are there for drug offenses, 17% are sex offenders, 14.6% are murderers, and the rest have committed violent offenses or property crimes. The average age of someone incarcerated in the state is 37.6. There are only three inmates younger than 18. 51.6% of the inmates are White, 35.5% are Black, 9.8% are American Indian, and the remainder is Asian or unknown. About 26% of MN inmates have their GED. The state also supervises another 6,408 inmates who have been released on parole.

What are Jail Records?

The Department of Corrections maintains Minnesota jail inmate search records. To keep all inmates safe and facilitate their rehabilitation, every aspect of their prison life must be documented and kept updated. From the time they have arrested these records help administration navigate the prisoner through the system. They include things like status updates, health reports, visitation, where they stand legally and their convictions and sentencing while in prison and those offenses that landed them there.

How to Perform Minnesota Inmate Lookup

MN’s Department of Corrections makes it easy to find someone in their prison system. Their offender locator system is easy to use, and all you need is the person’s name. Once you see a list of offenders, you can click each one to look at the details. You can view mugshots from different angles, name, birth date, and status information. You will also see offenses and the facility where they are being detained. You can also use Minnesota prison inmate search online for even more information and a complete report of their entire criminal history.

Creating Public Jail Records

Part of the responsibility of the MN Department of Corrections is to create and keep jail records for the entire time an inmate is incarcerated. Those jail records get updated by local parole officers once the person is released. The journey begins when someone is arrested, and as they progress through the MN justice system, everything is documented. Each inmate has their own prison ID, and their jail records get recorded under that number. This coordination helps to keep them all in one place so other law enforcement agencies can look someone up quickly and make changes or updates. All information is avalable inthe Minnesota inmate records search tool.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

Minnesota Imprisonment Rate
Minnesota Imprisonment Rate: 194
Prison Population
Prison Population: 10,592
Probation Population
Probation Population: 98,165
Parole Population
Parole Population: 6,810
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate: Black : White Ratio - 11.0:1 Hispanic : White Ratio - 2.6:1
Juvenile Custody Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000): 149
Disenfranchised Population
Disenfranchised Population: 63,340 (1.51%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Disenfranchised African Americans: 15,432 (7.34%)
Corrections Expenditures
Corrections Expenditures (in millions): 560

Minnesota Prisoner Statistics by Gender

The number of Minnesota prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 10,592, that saw a 1.9% decrease compared to the previous year. Females made up 7.3% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 9,818 in 2016.

5 States with More Female Prisoners than Minnesota

State Number of Female prisoners

5 States with More Male Prisoners than Minnesota

State Number of Male prisoners
New York48,442

The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years

Number of Male Prisoners
Number of Female Prisoners
Change in Number of Male Prisoners
Change in Number of Female Prisoners

The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016

The prison population of Minnesota is 10,592 inmates, that is 11.9% higher than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Minnesota was in 2015, when the number of prisoners was 10,798 inmates.

Minnesota Parole Population

Minnesota parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 6,810 people, 167 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 265 people more compared to the previous year, which has increased by 3.9%.

Paroles per 100.000 population

Parole Total Population in Minnesota

Parole Entries & Exits

Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number


Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents

Increased by

Adults entering parole, by type of entry

Type of Parole Entry Number of Parolees
Mandatory: 6,659
Discretionary: 2
Reinstatement: 0
Term of supervised release: 0
Other: 468
Unknown or not reported: 0

Minnesota Prisons

The state has 82 jails spread across 87 counties and another ten prisons. They manage 6,400 inmates in jail and 10,592 people in prison. With a staff of 4,300 employees, they operate and maintain all the facilities on an annual budget of $585 million. The state community corrections system also oversees 96,852 people on probation and 7,075 inmates who have been released on parole. The cost for each inmate for a year is $41,364. Based on one hundred thousand residents, Minnesota has an incarceration rate of 191, a property crime rate of 2,133 and a violent crime rate of 243.

Prison Name Prison Type
FaribaultState Prison
Lino LakesState Prison
Moose Lake - MCFState Prison
Willow River - CIPState Prison
Oak Park HeightsState Prison
St. CloudState Prison
StillwaterState Prison
Red Wing (Adult)State Prison
Red Wing (Juvenile)State Prison
Rush CityState Prison
ShakopeeState Prison
Togo (CIP)State Prison

Federal Prisons located in Minnesota

Prison Name Prison Type
Duluth FPC Federal Prison
Minneapolis RRM Federal Prison
Rochester FMC Federal Prison
Sandstone FCI Federal Prison
Waseca FCI Federal Prison