Anoka County Workhouse

County Work Release

Last Updated: April 05, 2024
3300 4th Ave, Anoka, MN 55303

Anoka Workhouse is for County Work Release offenders have not been sentenced yet and are detained here until their case is heard.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County Work Release facility.

If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

Satellite View of Anoka County Workhouse

You can support your loved ones at Anoka Workhouse on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 763-712-2200.

At the Anoka County Workhouse, inmates with good behavior have access to traditional jobs in the public sector during the day. The program offers varying degrees of freedom, some even allowing prisoners to work during the week and return home, serving their sentences on only weekends. Depending on the terms (which change from time to time), inmates may reside in a halfway house or under home confinement when not working. As they near their release date, residents may transition to reintegration programs, with potential offers of full-time employment upon full release.

Work release program initiatives have proven benefits, including increased employment opportunities post-release, accelerated job acquisition, higher post-release earnings, and reduced recidivism rates among participants. Anoka Workhouse is committed to empowering inmates with skills and opportunities for successful reentry into society.

The Anoka County Workhouse, situated on the Rum River Human Services Center campus in Anoka, serves as a 240-bed minimum security correctional facility. It accommodates both male and female adults sentenced in Anoka County, with consideration given to out-of-county court referrals. Inmates must meet minimum security placement criteria to serve their sentences at the Workhouse.

For residents seeking employment during their incarceration, a Work Release or "Huber" program is available, subject to court approval and facility staff endorsement. This program grants residents the privilege of working outside the facility upon providing proof of employment. Unemployed residents may also qualify for supervised work crews within the community.

Work Release Expectations information - To be considered for work release, your sentencing judge must order that you may serve your sentence on "Work Release or Huber, if eligible." The Workhouse will determine your eligibility. All employment will be verified and approved by Workhouse staff before you are allowed to leave for work. Employment that cannot be verified or does not appear legitimate will be denied.

Residents who meet work release eligibility are charged a per-day fee to be on Work Release. The first week of fees and an intake fee are required to be paid upon intake. Work Release fees are accepted only by money order and payable to Anoka County Corrections.

To request Work Release-Huber privileges, the following documentation must be provided at the time of intake to the Workhouse:

  1. A completed Work Release Eligibility Form;
  2. Paycheck stubs from the previous two pay periods; and
  3. A letter from your employer on company letterhead indicating you are currently employed, your position or duties, and your work schedule.

Inmate Programming at the Workhouse is geared towards rehabilitation and includes offerings such as high school equivalency (GED) instruction, religious services, and support groups for individuals dealing with chemical dependency issues. These programs aim to foster personal growth and prepare residents for successful reintegration into society upon completion of their sentences.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Minnesota. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Anoka County Workhouse.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

All personal visits are completed virtually through Turnkey Corrections’ video kiosks located in each housing unit. Professional visits with attorneys, probation officers, or social workers may be completed in person.

A resident’s family or friends must initiate all personal visits through the Inmate Canteen website at Visitors are required to create an account on the site and must have a working webcam or cell phone capable of video chats. There is a nominal cost required for video visits. Visitors are required to deposit sufficient funds in a communications account through the website prior to scheduling video visits. The website will provide available dates and times that a visitor can schedule a video chat.

Contact facility staff for additional information regarding video visitation or if alternative visiting accommodations are required.

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