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How Supervision Works

The Minnesota Department of Corrections supervises two types of people:

  1. Felony sentenced individuals 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.


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

Every person 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 someone violates the conditions of their release, a warrant will be issued and they 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, people will have their release conditions restructured before being released back into the community to continue on supervision.

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


In addition to supervising people 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.


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. People on supervised release are barred from possessing firearms.

Community Notification

All individuals who are 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 individual moves into your neighborhood, you will be notified by the local law enforcement agency.
Community Notification Fact Sheet

Search Level 3s

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


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Wanted Fugitives

Fugitives are people 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 the DOC 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),  search for the Crime Stoppers smartphone app for Android or iPhone, or Click Here.

Non-compliant Predatory Registrants

Certain people 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 individuals by first name, last name, age, and location. Those whose registration with the BCA is up-to-date will not be seen.

How to Contact an Agent

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

Reentry Services and Resources

"Our commitment is to engage with community partners to increase access to resources, programs and services that people impacted by incarceration may need in order to thrive in communities and reduce individual risk."   -Kelley Heifort, DOC Director of Reentry Services

We look forward to connecting with coalitions and communities now and in the future in order to determine how to best support this important work!

Transition Coalitions

Transition Fairs

Community Resources

Minnesota Recovery Corps


Intensive Supervised Release (ISR) Program

This statewide program provides intensive supervision for the highest-risk individuals. 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

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