Visiting maintains healthy family and community relationships.
Visiting can help offenders build support networks they will need after release. Research conducted by the Minnesota Department of Corrections has shown that positive interactions with friends and family can lower recidivism.
For these positive interactions to occur, visiting room must be a secure environment where offenders and families can feel safe. To maintain this environment, offenders and visitors are required to obey the rules of the visiting room. Failure to do so may result in warning, termination of visits, placement on non-contact visiting status, suspension or revocation of the visiting privilege.
Normal Visiting Schedules
Each facility has an established visiting schedule. Click below for visiting hours.
MCF-Lino LakesMCF-Oak Park HeightsMCF-Red Wing (Adult)MCF-Red Wing (Juvenile)MCF-Rush CityMCF-St. CloudMCF-ShakopeeMCF-StillwaterMCF-Willow River/Moose LakeChallenge Incarceration Program (CIP) – Willow RiverChallenge Incarceration Program (CIP) – MCF-Togo
There is no visiting on the following State recognized holidays*:
- New Year’s Day
- President’s Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- July 4 (Independence Day)
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving and the following Friday
- Christmas Day
*Willow River and Togo Challenge Incarceration Program participants may have visitors on holidays IF the holiday falls on a regularly-scheduled visiting day.
Public Transportation Options
Victims of an active offense are prohibited from visiting incarcerated offenders.
Statewide Visiting Room Rules
Visiting Restrictions for Visitors (English)
Restricciones de Visita para los Visitantes (Spanish) Visiting Restrictions for Offenders (English)
Restricciones de Visita para los Delincuentes (Spanish)
DOC facilities will only accept a 10/2018 or newer visiting application from. Using old applications causes a delay in the processing time and will result in the application being denied.
If you have questions about the visiting applications, please contact the Rush City Visiting Unit at 320-358-0400.
No information concerning an offender’s visiting list will be given over the phone. Anyone wishing to have information will need to present picture ID at any MCF location.
*Be advised that visiting status cannot be disclosed over the phone.
Applications can take several weeks to process once the application has been received in the visiting unit. Your patience is appreciated.
Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.