MN DOC - Minnesota Correctional Facility - MCF St. Cloud

State Prison

Last Updated: October 12, 2021
2305 Minnesota Blvd SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304

MCF St. Cloud is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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MN DOC - Minnesota Correctional Facility - MCF St. Cloud basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 320-240-3000

The inmates housed at MCF St. Cloud located at 2305 Minnesota Blvd SE in St. Cloud, MN are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

MN DOC - Minnesota Correctional Facility - St. Cloud - Friends & Family Handbook

Custody Level: Level 4 Close

MCF-St. Cloud serves as the intake facility for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. After being sentenced by the court, offenders are transported to MCF-St. Cloud to be processed into the system and then evaluated. In the evaluation process, the DOC will determine the following:

  • The proper custody level for the offender
  • If the offender has any special health concerns, including mental health and evaluation for drug and alcohol abuse
  • After the evaluation is complete the offender will be sent to the facility that can best meet their custody level and programming needs. However, In some cases offenders will remain in St. Cloud.
  • JPAY tablets may not be ordered for offenders at MCF-St. Cloud until they have been incarcerated for 90-days.

Notable features:

In addition to educational programming, MCF-St. Cloud has a barber school and a masonry program. Originally built in 1889, MCF-St. Cloud is the oldest facility in the DOC system. The facility has an abandoned granite quarry inside its perimeter. Granite was once quarried by offenders and sold by the state. Much of original prison structure was constructed with granite and the facility is surrounded by the longest granite wall in the world.

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Covid Visitation Information

Updated: January 4, 2021 (In-person visiting will reopen at MCF-Red Wing on January 6. Visitors can start calling on January 5 to make appointments)

COVID-19 and Visiting: In-person visiting is operating with the following changes for safe visiting. If a facility has two or more current positive COVID-19 cases, in-person visiting will be suspended at that facility until the active cases are below this number.

Based on direction from the Minnesota Department of Health, DOC will abide by the same guideline used in congregate living settings in the community. If a correctional facility has two (2) positive COVID-19 cases within a 14 day period, visiting will not occur. That is two cases combined among staff and those who are incarcerated.

Based on this threshold, the following facilities are not visiting at this time:

NOTE: This is the current plan but each facility’s status could change depending on the results of pending COVID-19 tests.

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The longstanding visitation policy remains in effect. But, due to COVID-19 some modifications have been made. Below are some of the changes being implemented. For more complete guidelines related to visiting during COVID-19, please click here:

  • All visits must be scheduled. You can schedule a visiting appointment by calling the facility, during visiting hours, and at least 24 hours in advance.
  • All visits are limited to one hour in duration, extended visits are not able to be offered at this time due to the need for social distancing in the visiting rooms.
  • All visitors must be screened, including temperature checks. If the temperature check is 100.0 degrees or higher, the visit cannot occur.
  • Barrier masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2.
  • Visits will take place with social distancing protocols in place, including staying 6 feet apart at all times. Physical contact is not permitted during any portion of the visit.
  • Activities for children in the visiting room will be limited to best maintain social distancing and limit touching of surfaces in an effort to reduce exposure to COVID-19.

Visitation Information

MMN DOC - Minnesota Correctional Facility - St.Cloud - Visitation

Visiting - St. Cloud

St. Cloud is the Intake Center for the Department of Corrections. Offenders on Intake status may only have two adult visitors on their list.

Hours of Visiting:

General population

Thursday and Friday

3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Visitors must be registered by 8:30 p.m. The registration/information desk is closed from 6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. You may visit 1 or 2 hours during the week.

Saturday and Sunday:

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and

12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors must be registered by 10:30 a.m. and by 3 p.m. All visits are one hour on the weekends. There is NO VISITING from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please note: If you register for a visit after 2:30 p.m. on the weekends, the start of your visit could be delayed due to the 3 p.m. facility count when all offender movement stops. This could result in a visit less than one hour in length.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday:

No visiting

Holidays (see below):

No visiting

Restrictive housing population

Thursday and Friday

2 - 3 p.m.

Registration for restrictive housing visits is from 1:50 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. No visit are allowed during first 24 hours in restrictive housing. No visits if on Phase 1, Restrictive, or High level Control status. All visits are non-contact only. Advance appointments are required. Call (320) 240-3000 and ask for information desk (ext. 5504).

Visiting Staff Contact: 320-240-3000, ext. 5504. Please call during visiting hours.

All visiting applications must be sent to MCF-Rush City Attn: Visiting Unit, 7600 525th Street, Rush City, MN 55069.

Number of Visitors: St. Cloud is the Intake Center for the Department of Corrections. Offenders on Intake status may only have two adult visitors on their list.

Directions: St. Cloud is located 70 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. Take I-94 west to the Clearwater exit #178. Go right on Cty. Rd. 24 for about 5 miles to Hwy 10. Go left on Hwy 10 for about 10 miles. The granite wall will be visible when approaching St. Cloud. Take left on Hwy. 301 and follow signs to the visitor parking area.

Visiting Regulations: Please read the Inmate Visiting Information prior to visits.

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