Services - Corrections (Jail)


The Sheriff and the Sherburne County Jail staff shall receive and safely keep therein all persons lawfully committed thereto and not release any person from jail unless discharged by due course of law.  It is the responsibility of the Sheriff and the jail staff, in a cost effective manner, to provide the public of Sherburne County the highest degree of security by detaining and caring for persons legally detained due to arrest and/or court commitment.

The Sherburne County Jail is a major regional facility with housing for 667 individuals. The majority of bed space is rented to the federal government and generates significant revenue used to reduce the overall cost of law enforcement to the county and its residents. Sherburne County has a 30 year contract, of which 20 years are left, with the U.S. Marshal's Office and Immigrations Custom Enforcement (ICE) to house pre-trial detainees. Sherburne County also detains sentenced inmates for the Department of Corrections

Visiting Hours

  • Monday through Saturday
    • 8:30-11:30am
    • 2:30-4:15pm
  • Wednesday evening
    • 6:00-7:45pm

Video Visitation doors will be secured 15 minutes prior to ending.

Learn more about inmate visitation, sending in books and inmate mail.

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Professional Visits

Professional visits are allowed throughout the day outside of Lockdown times. You must provide professional identification and state ID for verification. No contraband is allowed, there will be lockers available for you to use outside the secure jail. You will be required to clear the metal detector before entrance.

The facility may be in Lockdown for any number of reasons throughout the day and without notice.

Regular Lockdown hours are:

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Wednesdays only
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
  • 9:30pm - 8:00am

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Online Payments/Deposits

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Inmate Phone & Email Provider

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Jail Features

The total inmate population for 2012 was 4,987: 4,074 were male and 913 were female. The total number of days confined were 154,262. Average daily population was 422.

Some noticeable features of the jail and its functions:

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Housing Units

Recreation Area Video Visitation Master Control
from left: Recreation Area, Video Visitation and Master Control

  • Jail Security: The jail security system was updated in 2009 adding cameras and renovating master control. The security system is an integrated computer system that integrates all doors, cameras, intercoms, phones and utilities within the jail. It is monitored 24 hours a day by jail staff.
  • Correctional Emergency Response Team: Trained in special weapons and tactics to handle minor and major disturbances.
Members of the Correctional Emergency Response Team Members of the Correctional Emergency Response Team Members of the Correctional Emergency Response Team
Members of the Correctional Emergency Response Team

    Eric Fahland and Meeko
    Eric Fahland and Meeko
  • Medical Unit: The jail has a fully operational clinic that handles medical needs of the inmate population.
  • K-9 Team: The jail has a K-9 Officer and narcotics detection dog.
  • Licensed Corrections Officers: These are licensed Peace Officers who are trained to work in the jail and provide security to inmates outside the secure facility.
  • Classification Team: consisting of one Sgt. and three Corrections Officers used to classify the inmate population and to identify threat groups inside the jail.
  • Training Department: consisting of 1 training Sgt and 12 FTO's.

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Victim Services

The Minnesota State Victim Notification Service (VINE) is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or internet to search for information regarding their offender's custody status and register to receive notification when their offender's custody status changes. The VINE Toll Free Number is 1-877-664-8463.

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Sherburne County Jail Employment

The Jail employs over 170 people, including Corrections Officers, Master Control Operators, Jail Programmers, Administrative staff, Jail Investigators, Jail Sergeants, Jail Program Coordinators, Jail Captains, Jail Administrators, and a Jail Commander.

Medical unit: The jail employs Registered Nurses, Certified Medical Assistants and Licensed Practical Nurses, Administrative staff, Doctor, and a Dentist. This staff manages the health care needs of the inmate population. The on-site clinic reduces transportation costs and increases security.

Employment Information PDF

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Sherburne County Corrections - Prison Rape Elimination Act

The Sherburne County Jail has a zero-tolerance for sexual abuse. The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct.

PREA Overview
The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct. This law applies to all federal and state prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities, juvenile facilities, and community correctional settings.

All inmates in our facility are educated on how to report such acts while incarcerated.

If someone from the public wishes to file a report, they are encouraged to call Jail administration at 1-800-433-5245

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Sheriff (Jail) Contact:

Sherburne County Govt Center
ATTN: Sheriff
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Elk River, MN 55330-1692

Office Location

Phone: 763-765-3800