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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.

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 207 N Chestnut St., Suite 200, Chaska, MN 55318
Detroit Lakes 1135 Washington Ave., Suite 102, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Grand Rapids 104 Northeast 3rd Street, Suite 250, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Litchfield 319 E Hwy. 12, Litchfield, MN 55355
Mankato 12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 2145, Mankato, MN 56001
Marshall 601 Highway 59 North, Marshall, MN 56258
Moorhead 215 30th St. North, Suite 101, Moorhead, MN 56560
Red Wing 608 Main Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
Roseville - Special Supervision Central District Office 2420 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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