Minnesota Inmate Search


About Minnesota Department of Corrections

Inmate Records Search

Find Arrest & Court records, Mugshots and Contact Info.

The records of inmates that are held in Minnesota State Prisons are kept and are updated by the Washington Department of Corrections. The state jail has its database open to the general public to take advantage of by the Department of Corrections Division

  • The Minnesota Department of Corrections database can be searched online.
  • This database can be searched by the inmates MNDOC number or their first and last name.
  • This database is updated often.
  • Recently sentenced inmates take a few days to show up in the public database.
  • The records of those currently in prison, on probation, and those who were released from prison are held in this database. 
  • The county and city jails have their information in different databases so you will need to use the correct site to search their databases for an inmate in any of these facilities.
  • Looking for an inmate out of a Minnesota city and county jails, you will need to seek out the correct 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

Department of Corrections Division

  • An inmate belongs to the Department of Corrections Division when an inmate is held in a state jail. The state jail has its database open to the general public to take advantage of by the Department of Corrections Division.
  • You will be able to find the Minnesota Department of Corrections inmate search database on the official Minnesota Department of Corrections website.

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

  • Name
  • MNDOC Number

MNDOC number

While searching the database the MNDOC number will be the fastest way to search for an inmate, which is a 6-digit number. All inmates that are held in a state jail are given their own MNDOC number. This is done by the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

The inmate's first and last name will not be needed if you are going to enter the inmates MNDOC number. Keep in mind if there aren't any inmate's that come up after you enter the MNDOC number, you will want to make sure you have entered the correct number since the number will need to be exact for the database to match an inmate.

The inmate's first and last name can be entered in the database if you aren't having any luck using the inmate's MNDOC number or if you don’t have the inmate’s MNDOC number available.  

There will be a list of inmates that matches the information about the inmate you entered.  

The information about these inmates is listed below:

  • Full Name
  • MNDOC Number
  • Birth of Date
  • Current Status

The information below will be shown when you select the inmate's name that you are searching:

  • Inmate Name
  • MNDOC Number
  • Charges
  • Mugshots
  • Agent
  • Expiration Date
  • Birth Date
  • Sentence Date
  • Current Status

Who’s in Jail

Prisons operated by the state are the only prisons that can be found in the Minnesota database. City and county prisons are kept in a different database.   

There are 15 state prisons located in the state of Minnesota. In the roster listed above is where you can see all of these prisons. However only state prisons are in this database, all other prisons will not be shown.

If you are trying to find someone in a state jail, it shouldn't be that difficult since the state jails are a bit bigger and offer more information on their inmates than the smaller jails such as a city or county jails. you will be able to get information in a city or state jail's, you just might have to spend more time getting information and you will need to know where to get the information you are looking for.  

County and city jails

Most of the county's Sheriff's department manages and operates the county jails. You will need to get a hold of the county's Sheriff's department if you are searching for someone that is in a county jail.

There really isn't a whole lot of information on the city jails. The city jails pretty much exist to hold inmates until they will be transported to a more permanent location/jail. The city's corrections division can be contacted if the person you are looking for is being held in a city jail. The city’s official website is where you will be able to find contact information where you can find out the information you are looking for.       

Jail Roster and Mugshots

The Minnesota Department of Corrections has updates to their offender search database done often so their information is in real time most of the time. So, keep in mind that this database information changes often, even more so if the inmate is still in the process of being sentenced. The Minnesota Department of Corrections updates their database during normal business hours.

You can always call the jail that the inmate is being held in if you would like the most recent information or if you have any questions since the jail will have the most recent information.

The jail in which the inmate is held in will need to be contacted if you see any information on the inmate to be wrong where information can be debated with the inmate.


  • The inmate's mugshots are kept in the database that the general public can access.
  • The inmates have their mugshots taken when they are being processed and booked into a state jail.
  • The only reason an inmate will need to have their mugshots taken again is if they are being taken to a different jail.   


  • The VINELink can be used to get notified if an inmate’s moving within the system.
  • This is where the state of Minnesota will need to be selected, then you will choose if you are looking for an offender or a  defendant.
  • You will get notified by email, calls or texts when you choose to get notifications on the inmate's profile.
  • You will get notified immediately when there are any changes in the inmate's Vine account.   

Sex Offender Search

The Minnesota prison inmate database does not allow you to search for sex offenders. The database for sex offenders has its own database, that the general public has access to this sex offender database.  

You will be able to find the sex offender database on the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension official website.

You will then need the information listed below to continue your search:  

  • Last Name
  • County
  • First Name
  • Zip Code
  • City

This database can be searched by using the name and zip code or the address information.

The offenders that are in this database are in this database are not behind bars.

You will see the information listed below when you select the offender you are looking for:  

  • Full Name
  • Mugshot
  • Non-compliance date
  • Age
  • Identifying Marks
  • Gender
  • Level
  • Last Known Address
  • Hair Color
  • Race
  • Eye Color
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Ethnicity

Types of Correctional Facilities in Minnesota

List of Correctional Facilities in Minnesota

There are 112 jails and prisons in Minnesota.

Showing 1 – 50 of 112 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
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
Lac Qui Parle County Jail County Jail Lac Qui Parle County
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