Minnesota Inmate Search


About Minnesota Department of Corrections

The Minnesota Department of Corrections is the agency responsible for keeping all records for inmates serving out their sentence in Minnesota state prisons.

You can search the Minnesota Department of Corrections database online. All you need is their MNDOC number or their first and last name. The database is updated regularly. However, it can take several business days for newly sentenced inmates to show up in the public database. The public database includes those currently in prison, on probation, and those who were released from prison. 

Unlike the state of Minnesota, Minnesota city and county jails keep their own databases and records separate. If you are looking for an inmate in any of those jails, you will need to contact the proper authorities. 

Basic Information

Department Name Minnesota Department of Corrections
Official Website http://www.doc.state.mn.us/
Currently Incarcerated Inmates https://coms.doc.state.mn.us/PublicViewer
Location 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 200, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108
Phone Number 651-361-7200
Fax 651-642-0223

How to Do an Inmate Search in Minnesota

When an offender is housed in state prison, they are the property of the Department of Corrections Division. As stated above every state’s Department of Corrections Division has their own jail roster or database that the general public may use.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections offender search database can be found on the official Minnesota Department of Corrections website.

You can search the inmate list by using the following pieces of information:

The MNDOC number will take precedence during all searches. The MNDOC is a six-digit number. All incoming inmates will be assigned their MNDOC number by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. This will be the easiest and quickest way to locate an inmate.

If you decide to enter their MNDOC number in the field provided, you will NOT need to enter their first and last name. However, the MNDOC field will only show results for the EXACT number you have entered, so you will want to double check, if no results pop up.

If you don’t know the inmate’s MNDOC number or there are no search results for the MNDOC number you plugged in, the next thing you can do is search by the inmate’s first and last name.

When you finally get some search results, you will see a list of all inmates that fit the criteria you plugged in. This is not a release search. All inmates are currently sitting behind bars.

You will see the following pieces of information in the Minnesota jails inmate search:

You can click on the inmate’s name to bring up their own personal file. When you do this, you will see the following information:

Who’s in Jail

As we stated above, the only prisons you will be able to find in the Minnesota inmate search are state-operated facilities. All city and county jails are NOT in this database whatsoever. 

In the state of Minnesota, there is 15 state prisons. These prisons are available in the above database. All other prisons that are not listed below will NOT come up in the roster. Keep this in mind when searching for an inmate in the Minnesota prison inmate lookup database brought to you by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. 

Looking for who’s in jail in city and county jails will be more difficult than trying to find out who’s in jail in a state or a federal prison. There is typically not much information on these smaller jails. A lot of city jails do not even supply an inmate database to the general public. However, it is not impossible to locate an inmate in one of those facilities, if you know exactly who to seek out with your questions. 

As far as county jails, the majority of county jails will be managed and operated by that county’s Sheriff’s department. They will be the agency, you should reach out to if you believe the person you are looking for is in county jail. 

As far as city jails, the majority of city jails do not have much information about them. They are typically just holding pens for inmates to be transferred out to their “permanent” jail. If you believe the person you are looking for is in a city jail, it is best to contact that cities corrections division. You can typically find all department information on the city’s official website.

Jail Roster and Mugshots

The Minnesota Department of Corrections offender search database is updated regularly. It is typically updated during normal business hours. You will notice that the inmate’s information can change quite frequently. Especially, if they have court proceedings and such.

If you have any questions or want to have the updated information, you will be required to contact the facility that the inmate is in. They will have the utmost updated information available on the inmate.

If you believe the information on an inmate is incorrect, you will want to contact the facility in which the inmate is held to dispute the information.

In the jail roster, you will also find the inmate’s mugshot. This mugshot is taken when an inmate is being booked and processed into a state prison. The mugshots typically do not change unless an inmate is getting transferred into another state prison facility.

You can also use the VINELink (VINE) to get notifications on the inmate’s moving throughout the system. You will need to select the state of Minnesota. You will then want to select that you are searching for an offender or a defendant.

You will need to click the notification section of the inmate’s profile to get notified through text, calls, or email. When they make any changes to their VINE account, you’ll get notified in real-time.

Sex Offender Search

You may notice that there is not a way to search for sex offenders in the Minnesota inmate search. That’s because the sex offender search is in a whole different database. Just like the DOC inmate locator, this database is available to the general public to use also.

The sex offender database can be found on the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension official website.

You can search this database by the following pieces of information:

Keep in mind that you will be able to search the database by either the offender's name or the address fields.

This offender search is strictly for offenders that are NOT in state prison. These offenders are out on their own in the community.

When you do a successful search, you will see the following information:

Types of Correctional Facilities in Minnesota

List of Correctional Facilities in Minnesota

There are 147 jails and prisons in Minnesota.
Showing 1 – 50 of 147 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Anoka County Jail County Jail Anoka County
Aitkin County Jail County Jail Aitkin County
Anoka County MI Workhouse County Jail Anoka County
Anoka County Jail County Jail Anoka County
East Central Regional Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Anoka County
Anoka County MI Sanford and Walker Cottages County Jail Anoka County
Benton County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Benton County
Becker County Jail County Jail Becker County
Beltrami County Juvenile Center County Jail Beltrami County
Beltrami County Jail County Jail Beltrami County
Benton County Jail & Corrections County Jail Benton County
Blue Earth County Jail County Jail Blue Earth County
Brown County Jail County Jail Brown County
Big Stone County Jail County Jail Big Stone County
Cass County Jail County Jail Cass County
Carlton County Jail County Jail Carlton County
Chippewa County Jail County Jail Chippewa County
Carver County Jail County Jail Carver County
Chisago County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Chisago County
Chisago County Jail County Jail Chisago County
Clay County Jail County Jail Clay County
Clay County Jail Annex County Jail Clay County
Clearwater County Jail County Jail Clearwater County
Cook County Law Enforcement Center County Jail Cook County
Cottonwood County Law Enforcement Center County Jail Cottonwood County
Crow Wing County Jail County Jail Crow Wing County
Dakota County Juvenile Services Center County Jail Dakota County
Dakota County Jail County Jail Dakota County
Douglas County Corrections State Prison Douglas County
Dodge County Sheriff's Jail County Jail Dodge County
Douglas County Jail County Jail Douglas County
Faribault County Jail County Jail Faribault County
Fillmore County Jail County Jail Fillmore County
Freeborn County Detention Center County Jail Freeborn County
Goodhue County Jail County Jail Goodhue County
Grant County Jail County Jail Grant County
Hennepin County Adult Detention Center County Jail Hennepin County
Hennepin County Public Safety Facility County Jail Hennepin County
Hubbard County Jail County Jail Hubbard County
Houston County Jail County Jail Houston County
Isanti County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Isanti County
Itasca County Jail Annex County Jail Itasca County
Isanti County Jail County Jail Isanti County
Itasca County Jail County Jail Itasca County
Jackson County Jail County Jail Jackson County
Kandiyohi County Jail County Jail Kandiyohi County
Kanabec County Jail County Jail Kanabec County
Kanabec County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Kanabec County
Koochiching County Jail County Jail Koochiching County
Kittson County Jail County Jail Kittson County
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