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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 incarcerate 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.


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.


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.

DOC Field service office locations

Albert Lea408 Broadway Ave, Albert Lea, 56007
Bemidji619 Beltrami Ave. NW, Suite 300, Bemidji, MN 56601
Center City335 Summit Ave., Center City, MN 55012
Chaska112 East 5th Street, Suite 100, Chaska, MN 55318
Detroit Lakes211 Holmes Street W. Suite 204, PO Box 844, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502
Grand Rapids104 Northeast 3rd Street, Suite 250, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Litchfield214 North Sibley Avenue , Litchfield, MN 55355
Mankato12 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 2145, Mankato, MN 56001
Marshall601 Highway 59 North, Marshall, MN 56258
Moorhead919 8th Ave. N. Box 280, Moorhead, MN 56561
Red Wing608 Main Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
St. Cloud300 E. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN 56304
WinonaCourthouse, 171 W. 3rd St., Winona, MN 55987
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