Services - Corrections (Jail)


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The Sherburne County Jail is a major regional facility with housing for 697 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 11 years are left, with the U.S. Marshal's Office and Immigrations Custom Enforcement (ICE). Sherburne County also detains sentenced inmates for the Department of Corrections

Visiting Hours

Inmates will visit with friends and family from a video visitation terminal (example to the right) in their housing unit. Friends and family will visit from a similar visitation terminal in the public visitation room located in the administration lobby of the Sheriff's office. These visits are referred to as onsite or public visitations. The new system will allow visitors to still come to the jail for visitation and it will now also allow friends and family to conduct a remote or at-home visit from home using smartphone/tablet or a computer with webcam and high speed internet connection.

    FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
  • How often can I visit inmates?
    Each inmate is allowed one twenty minute visit from friends or family members daily at the jail, Monday through Saturday. Inmates can have unlimited remote visits from home.
  • Do I need to come at a certain time to see my inmate?
    Friends and family can schedule visits with inmates during any time visitation is allowed. Public visitation hours are:
    On-Site Visits
    • Monday 8:30-11:30 am  |  12:30-1:30 pm  |  3:00-4:20 pm
    • Tuesday 8:30-11:30 am  |  12:30-1:30 pm  |  3:00-4:20 pm
    • Wednesday 8:30-11:30 am   |  3:00-4:20 pm
    • Thursday 8:30-11:30 am  |  2:30-1:30 pm  |  3:00-4:20 pm
    • Friday 8:30-11:30 am  |  12:30-1:30 pm  |  3:00-4:20 pm
    • Saturday 8:30-11:30 am
    • Sunday None
  • Do I need to schedule my visit or can I just show up?
    Visits need to be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. You will need to use the website You will then create a free user account (if you don't already have one) and submit that for approval by the facility. Once you are approved, you can then log back in and click on Schedule a Visit at the bottom of the page and follow the steps listed.
    When you schedule your visit, be sure to write down the following items:
    1. The date and time of your visit
    2. The six digit PIN number because you will enter this at the time of your visit
    3. The video terminal you are assigned to (I.E. Vis_1, Vis_2, etc) Updated 8/7/17
  • Is there a charge for video visitation?
    • Each inmate will continue to receive one free onsite visits each day, Monday through Saturday.
    • Inmates can now receive unlimited remote/at-home visits each week. At-home visits cost $12.00. There will be an introductory promotional rate of $5.00 for a 20 minute visit through the end of 2017. At-home visits can be scheduled every day of the week from 8:30 am-8:50 pm.
  • What do I need to do to visit from home?
    You can conduct visits using an Apple or Android phone or tablet. Download the free Securus Visitation app in the App Store or Google Play. You can also use a computer with high speed internet access and a webcam.
    You will need to do the following:
    1. Create a visitation account at
    2. Request access to visit Sherburne County Jail. Your request is then reviewed by jail staff.
    3. Once you are approved to be a visitor, you can then schedule at-home visits.
  • Is there anything else I should know?
    Here is some other helpful information:
    1. There will be NO age restriction for visitation. However, ALL visitors 17 years of age and under must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Proof of this will be required before visitation is allowed. (Proof needed will be a Birth Certificate for parents or court papers for legal guardians)
    2. Photo ID will be required for ALL visitors 10 years of age or older. Acceptable forms of ID will be, but not limited to, Driver's License, State ID cards, School ID, and Military ID. Other forms of photo ID may be accepted if valid.
    3. Children not allowed to visit may not be left unattended in the lobby.
    4. If you have any questions about visiting from home, visit for further information.

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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
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
  • 9:30pm - 8:00am

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Inmate Accounts

When an inmate is booked into the Sherburne County Jail an inmate account is created. The account holds money brought in on their person and allows inmates to purchase additional items via the commissary. Commissary purchases are items that are not provided to inmates, such as candy, pop snacks, haircuts and stamps.

Account information is only available to the inmate. Upon release or transfer to another facility, the inmate's account is closed and the inmate is issued a check or debit card.

    Money may be deposited into the account of in-custody inmates. There are four ways to deposit money on behalf of an inmate:
    1. Online
      Visit ( to create an account and deposit money on behalf of an inmate. There is a fee for online deposits. Deposits are credited to the inmate's account within minutes.
    2. Telephone
      Call Access Corrections at 1-866-345-1884 to create an account and deposit money on behalf of an inmate. There is a fee for telephone deposits. Deposits are credited to the inmate's account within minutes.
    3. In Person at Lobby or Video Visitation Kiosks
      Deposits are accepted at kiosks located in the Jail Lobby or Video Visitation. The kiosk is provided for cash and credit card deposits only. There is a fee for deposits made on the kiosks.
    Please contact Access Corrections at 1-866-345-1884 for any issues with the above deposits.

Mail containing money orders, personal checks or corporate checks will be returned to sender or placed in the inmate's property.

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Inmate Phone & Email Provider

How Inmate Calling Works

Sherburne County Jail contracts with Securus Technologies to provide inmate phone services. To start being able to receive phone calls from an inmate please call Securus at 1-800-844-6591 or visit

Inmates are allowed outgoing calls only.

For more information related to inmate calling services, please contact Securus at 1-800-844-6591 or visit their website.

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Books must be sent to the Sherburne County Jail from They must be soft cover and new. We will not accept any used or hard cover books. Pornographic material or literature will not be accepted.

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Inmate Mail

All correspondence and paperwork that requires an inmates signature must be delivered through the U.S. mail. All mail coming into the Sherburne County Jail will be processed through the U.S. Postal Service and will be delivered to the housing units. Inmate mail will be checked for contraband and then delivered to the inmate the following day.

Examples of contraband that are not allowed are:

  • letters or pictures written in crayon or gel pens
  • stickers, glitter, glue
  • gang graffiti or symbols that could be considered gang graffiti
  • lewd and lascivious pictures
  • pictures depicting gang signs

Mail addressed to an inmate who has been transferred or released will be returned to sender. Incoming certified or registered mail for inmates will be processed as other mail and will be signed for by jail staff. All incoming mail should be addressed as follows:

Inmate's Name
Sherburne County Jail
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Suite 200
Elk River, MN 55330-1692

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Jail Fees

  • Pay For Stay/Sentenced Medicals
    Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 641.12, subdivision 3 allows the County to charge a fee to an offender convicted of a crime for room, board, clothing, medical, dental and other correctional services. The Sherburne County Jail charges $35 per day for Pay for Stay. Medical service incurred by offender convicted of a crime will be charged back those fees.
  • Adult Work Crew fees
    Individuals sentenced to the Adult Work Crew shall pay a fee.

The following are options to pay for these services:

  • In-Person: cash, check or credit card during normal business hours
  • Mail: Mail your check or money order to the Sherburne County Jail
  • Online:

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Jail Features

The total inmate population for 2016 was 5,762: 4,767 were male and 995 were female. The total number of days confined were 211,755.73. Average daily population was 578.57.

Some noticeable features of the jail and its functions:

Sherburne County Jail Sherburne County Jail Sherburne County Jail
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 2016 upgrading cameras and software. 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 Sherburne County Jail contracts with MEnD medical to meet the inmate medical needs.
  • 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 four 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.

Employment Information PDF

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Sherburne County Corrections - Prison Rape Elimination Act

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. The purpose of the act was to "provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape." (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003). In addition to creating a mandate for significant research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and through the National Institute of Justice, funding through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections supported major efforts in many state correctional, juvenile detention, community corrections, and jail systems.

The act also created the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and charged it with developing draft standards for the elimination of prison rape. Those standards were published in June 2009, and were turned over to the Department of Justice for review and passage as a final rule. That final rule became effective August 20, 2012.

In 2010, the Bureau of Justice Assistance funded the National PREA Resource Center to continue to provide federally funded training and technical assistance to states and localities, as well as to serve as a single-stop resource for leading research and tools for all those in the field working to come into compliance with the federal standards.

The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office has a zero tolerance with regard to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in this facility and will take appropriate affirmative measures to protect all inmates from sexual abuse and harassment and to promptly and thoroughly investigate all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office will investigate any criminal allegation (28 CFR 115.11, 115.22).

If someone from the public wishes to file a report, they are encouraged to call Jail administration at 1-800-433-5245 or the CMSAL at 1-800-237-5090

2016 PREA Annual review

On Jan 6th, 2017 Commander Pat Carr, Jail Administrator Brian Frank, PREA Coordinator Assistant Jail Administrator Dave Isais and Sgt Chris Hansen reviewed all PREA incidents for Year 2016. No problem areas were identified. Below you will find the allegations and findings for 2015 compared to the allegations and findings for 2016.

Inmate on inmate complaintsStaff on inmate complaints
as Reported in 2015 Sexual
Unfounded Allegations 1 1 0 2
Unsubstantiated Allegation 0 5 0 1
Substantiated Allegation 0 3 0 0
as Reported in 2016 Sexual
Unfounded Allegations 0 0 2 3
Unsubstantiated Allegation 2 1 0 1
Substantiated Allegation 0 4 0 0

January 2016 PREA Audit pdf
January 2016, the Sherburne County Jail was audited by the Department of Justice for compliance with PREA Standards. A site visit January 26, 27 and 28 from the auditor and final report mid-February reflected full compliance with 38 standards met, and 5 standards exceeded.

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Sheriff (Jail) Contact:

Sherburne County Jail
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Suite 200
Elk River, MN 55330-4668

Office Location

Phone: 763-765-3800
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