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Minnesota Correctional Facility - Stillwater

Custody Level: Level 2 Minimum, Level 4 Close

William Bolin, Warden

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Fax: 651-351-3600

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Minnesota Correctional Facility - Stillwater
970 Pickett St
Bayport, MN 55003

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Until further notice, in-person visiting at Stillwater will only take place on Tuesdays. 

For those in the Restrictive Housing unit, the video visiting machines are having technical difficulties at this time and may not work - other than the voice function. 

Built in 1914, the MCF-Stillwater is the state's largest close-security institution for adult males. The facility has seven living units inside and also has a minimum-security unit outside the main perimeter.

The history of corrections in Stillwater dates back to 1853 when the Territorial Prison  (Minnesota was not yet a state) was built on the north side of the City of Stillwater. That facility operated until 1914 when it was closed and operations were moved to the new site south of Stillwater in what is today the Town of Bayport.

The role of MCF-Stillwater in the DOC is to provide men with educational, vocational and industrial programming opportunities during incarceration.

Educational programs include adult basic education, literacy, and general educational development (GED). Certificate programs include computer careers and higher education including degree programs. Vocational programs include carpentry, welding, machining, boiler operation, and electrician. 

Through MINNCOR Industries, men have the opportunity to work in subcontract assembly and packaging, canteen fulfillment, and warehousing/delivery services.

Stillwater also provides transitional life skills, behavioral change, and restorative justice programming.

The goal of all programming is to provide the opportunity for change in their lives and the skills needed for a successful transition back into society.

MCF-Stillwater is also home to The Prison Mirror, the nation's oldest, continuously-operated inmate newspaper. Founded in 1887, The Prison Mirror has won many national awards for outstanding penal journalism.

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Visiting - Stillwater: Until further notice, visiting is only open on Tuesdays at Stillwater. 

No information concerning an individual's visiting list will be given over the phone. Anyone wishing to have information will need to present a picture ID at any MCF location. Friends and family will schedule their visits through the No Wait Inside websiteat least 24 and up to 72 hours in advance of the day they would like to visit.

  • All visits have to be scheduled in advance. Click Here to schedule a visit using the online scheduling platform, No Wait Inside.
  • Incarcerated people can have one visit per day
  • Visiting at Stillwater is only open on Tuesdays until further notice. 
  • There is no visiting on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday or State holidays.
  • Visits are one hour.
  • Two visitors allowed per person for each visit

Hours of Visiting: 

General population


12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

No visiting

Holidays (see below)

No visiting

Restrictive Housing population

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday



4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Note: To schedule a restrictive housing visit please use the No Wait Inside program. The link is above under visiting information. Restrictive housing visits are through a TV monitor 'visiphone' located inside the visiting lobby, all visiting room rules and restrictions apply. If assistance is needed to make the visit please call 651-748-7909.

Minimum Security Unit


4:30  - 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

No visiting


No visiting

Visiting Staff Contact: 
For general visiting information, call 651-748-7909. Please note, MCF-Stillwater does require an appointment for general population, Minimum Security Unit, non-contact visits, and restrictive housing visits. There are limited slots per day due to our safe Covid-19 visiting practices. All visits including the Minimum Security Unit visits are taking place at the main institution. If there are any questions regarding clothing, please call and ask. We do caution against any bra that isn't a spandex sports bra, button fly jeans, any clothing/hair or accessories that have metal of any type on them. Lockers are available in the Visiting lobby area to hold any items that cannot go into the Visiting Room at a cost of $0.25 per use.

All visiting applications must be sent to MCF-Rush City Attn: Visiting Unit, 7600 525th Street, Rush City, MN 55069.

Directions from the Twin Cities: From 94 East: Take Hwy I-94 (US-12 East to Exit #258 (Hwy 95 North). Go north to the city of Bayport. Turn left on 5th Ave North. Go two blocks to Hwy 28 (Pickett Street), and turn right. Follow Pickett Street for approximately 1/2 mile. The visitor's parking lot is on the right side of the road, with the main facility entrance further down on the left. From 36: Take Hwy 36 East to Hwy 95. Turn right onto Hwy 95 and follow south to the 1st stoplight 56th Street. Turn right on 56th Street and turn left onto Pickett Street N. The main entrance is on your right. Visitor's parking lot is further down the street on your left.

Visitors must park in the visitor's parking lot other than handicapped who may park in the lot right across from the main entrance in one of the designated handicap spots. The minimum security unit is on the same grounds and is the brick building (looks like an old school house) directly south of the main institution and west of the visitor parking lot.

Visiting Regulations: Please read Visiting Information prior to visits.

There is no visiting on the following State recognized holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth (June 19)
  • July 4 (Independence Day)
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving and the following Friday
  • Christmas Day

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