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Updates for Inmate Families

For information regarding new in-person visiting procedures, visit:

The Department of Corrections is working hard to keep our staff, those incarcerated in our facilities, and those under supervision safe. We know there are a lot of questions about how we are doing that. If you have questions related to our COVID-19 response or planning, please see the below FAQs. You can also send an email to

The following information and forms have been provided to incarcerated individuals regarding applying for a stimulus payment under the CARES Act.

The filing deadline is now November 4, 2020. Legal Notice - CARES Act Economic Impact Payments to Incarcerated Individuals

• DOC is waiving the 10% cost of confinement fee on federal stimulus payments to incarcerated individuals.  

• The 10% deduction for court-ordered restitution will not apply to the waiver.  In other words, if a person owes court-ordered restitution, up to 10% will be withheld and applied to restitution balances.

If you need further assistance, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA) runs a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) and is assisting all eligible individuals who have not yet received their economic impact (stimulus) payments, including those who are incarcerated, in light of the recent federal court ruling.  They do this by actually preparing and filing the Form 1040 information online to the IRS using the non-filer tool portal.

Interested individuals can call MMLA's intake line at 612-334-5970.  The intake hours are 9:30AM-11:30AM Monday through Friday, and 1:30PM-3:30PM Monday through Thursday.

10-13-20 - Memo - UPDATE: Important Information about CARES Act Economic Impact Payments  (Spanish version)

10-5-20 - Memo: Important Information about CARES Act Economic Impact Payments

Document: Be Sure the IRS Can Deliver the Economic Impact Payment to You

IRS Notice 1446

Instructions for filing Simplified Form 1040 for EIP  (Instructions in Spanish)

Instructions for Filing Claim By Mail

Inmate Form 1040 Mockup

SAMPLE updated Form 1040

Form 1040

Form 1040-SR

Memos to Inmates

Updated Covid-19 Medical Release Process (August 24, 2020)

Memo from Commissioner Schnell: Update on COVID-19 Response (June 16, 2020)  (Spanish Version)

Update memo to inmates from Commissioner Schnell (March 30, 2020)

Social Distancing, Visiting Update (March 26, 2020)

Memo to inmates: Latest Information on DOC COVID-19 Response (March 18, 2020)

Inmate Memo on Coronavirus (COVID 19) & Seasonal Influenza from Commissioner Schnell (March 6, 2020)

Frequently Asked Questions

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