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How Supervision Works

The Minnesota Department of Corrections supervises two types of offenders:

  1. Felony offenders who have served the mandatory two-thirds of their prison sentence who have been released from prison and
  2. Probationers who were not committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections but reside in counties that do not find it practical to operate a local supervision program.

Felony Offenders:

Minnesota uses determinant sentencing. Under this system, there is no parole board and no time off for good behavior. Offenders serve two-thirds of their prison sentence incarcerated and the remaining third on supervised release. 

Every offender on supervised release follows conditions such as having an approved residence, submitting to regular drug and alcohol tests, restrictions against accessing the Internet, and in some cases electronic monitoring. If an offender violates the conditions of their release, a warrant will be issued and the offender will be taken into custody. The case will be reviewed to determine how severe the violation was and what action should be taken as a result. For some technical violations, an offender will have their release conditions restructured before being released back into the community to continue on supervision.

However, more severe violations will require the offender to be brought back to prison. The DOC has the legal authority to bring offenders under supervision back to prison as long as the court-imposed sentence is in effect. The DOC does not have the authority to hold an offender beyond the expiration of their sentence.

Probationers:

In addition to supervising offenders who have been released from prison, the DOC also supervises probation cases in some counties. Probation is used as a alternative to incarceration. If someone violates their probation conditions, the case is referred back to the sentencing judge for review, and in some cases prison time may be imposed.

Voting

It is a felony to vote if you are not eligible. You cannot vote if you have any portion of a felony sentence remaining. If you are on supervised release, probation or parole for any felony you will have to wait until those obligations have been met before you vote.

Ownership of firearms by someone who has been convicted of a felony can be a complex legal matter. In many cases, people convicted of felonies are simply barred from owing firearms, and in other cases their rights may be restored. It is best to check with your county attorney's office to see if you are eligible or seek legal advice on your specific case. Offenders on supervised release are barred from possessing firearms.

Community Notification

All offenders required to register as sex-offenders, are assigned a level 1, 2, or 3 when they leave prison. Level 3 is considered the highest risk to re-offend. If a level 3 offender moves into your neighborhood, you will be notified by law enforcement.Community Notification Fact Sheet - English

Community Notification Fact Sheet - Hmong
Community Notification Fact Sheet - Somali
Community Notification Fact Sheet - Spanish

Search Level 3 Offenders

Click here to search Level 3 offenders and those required to publicly register

Resources

Safety Tips for Parents Safety Tips for Children Characteristics of Child Molesters Common Tricks Training on predatory offenders for those who care for children and vulnerable adults

Wanted Fugitives

Fugitives are offenders serving their remaining 1/3 of their sentence on supervision in the community, who have allegedly violated terms of their supervised release and are evading authorities.

Active DOC Fugitives

If you have tips or information on the location of a fugitive, please call our 24-hour tip line at 651-603-0026. Tips may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Minnesota, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization - Tip Line: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text "TIP674" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

Non-compliant Predatory Offenders

Certain predatory offenders must register with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's BCA Predatory Offender Unit. This page allows the public to search the BCA database for non-compliant predatory offenders by first name, last name, age, and location. Those predatory offenders whose registration with the BCA is up-to-date will not be seen.

How to Contact an Agent

Trying to contact your agent?

Search for community services staff by visiting the Community Services Directory.

Community Reentry and Resources

Transition Coalitions

Transition Fairs

Community Resources

Minnesota Statewide Initiative to Reduce Recidivism (MNSIRR)

Commissioner Tom Roy Speaking with an Offender at a Faribault Transition Fair 
Commissioner Roy speaking to an offender at an MCF-Faribault Transition Fair

Offender Programs

Intensive Supervised Release (ISR) Program

This statewide program provides intensive supervision for the highest--risk offenders. Supervision includes four face-to-face contacts weekly, electronic home monitoring, mandatory work or school, daily curfews, mandatory restitution, and random drug testing. 

ISR Fact Sheet

DOC Field Services District Office Locations

Albert Lea 408 Broadway Ave, Albert Lea, 56007
Bemidji 619 Beltrami Ave. NW, Suite 300, Bemidji, MN 56601
Bemidji 2 301 Court Ave, Park Rapids, MN 56470
Center City 335 Summit Ave., Center City, MN 55012
Chaska 112 East 5th Street, Suite 100, Chaska, MN 55318
Detroit Lakes 211 Holmes Street W. Suite 204, PO Box 844, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502
Grand Rapids 104 Northeast 3rd Street, Suite 250, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Litchfield 214 North Sibley Avenue , Litchfield, MN 55355
Mankato 12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 2145, Mankato, MN 56001
Marshall 601 Highway 59 North, Marshall, MN 56258
Moorhead 919 8th Ave. N. Box 280, Moorhead, MN 56561
Red Wing 608 Main Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
Roseville - Special Supervison Central District Office 2120 Long Lake Rd, Roseville, MN 55113
St. Cloud 300 E. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN 56304
Winona Courthouse, 171 W. 3rd St., Winona, MN 55987
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