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Challenge Incarceration Program - Willow River

Custody Level: Level 1 Minimum (WR)

Nate Knutson, Warden
nate.knutson@state.mn.us

Willow River Daily Inmate Profile Report

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Minnesota Correctional Facility - Willow River
86032 County Highway 61
Willow River, MN 55795
218-372-3101
nate.knutson@state.mn.us

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CIP-Willow River is a minimum security boot camp program mandated by the Legislature in 1992 that allows non-violent offenders who qualify to earn early release. Phase 1 is a six-month, intensive program for up to 180 non-violent drug and property male offenders. Programming components include education, critical thinking skills development, chemical dependency programming, and rigorous physical exercise. Phases 2 and 3, supervised release phases, are generally six months in duration and served in the community.

Visiting - Challenge Incarceration Program (Willow River)

Hours of Visiting: For offenders at Willow River CIP, visiting hours are determined by squad and hat color. What days an offender can have visitors is based on his squad. The time for visits is based on hat color. Please carefully check both the squad and hat color when planning a visit. Visiting is conducted on the holidays that fall on regularly scheduled CIP visiting days.

Visiting Days

Beginning the first full weekend (Saturday & Sunday) of the month:

1st & 3rd Saturday

Alpha, Echo & Lima Squads

1st & 3rd Sunday

Bravo, Foxtrot & Sierra Squads

2nd & 4th Saturday

Charlie, Hotel & Tango Squads

2nd & 4th Sunday

Delta, India & Victor Squads

Visiting Times

Visiting registration begins 15 minutes prior to scheduled visiting hours

Red Hat Offenders

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Brown Hat Offenders

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Blue Hat Offenders

2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Visiting Staff Contact: Phone: 218-372-3101.

All Willow River-CIP visitors must mail their applications to MCF-Rush City 7600 525th Street, Rush City, MN 55069.

Directions: Interstate 35 to Willow River exit. Go west on Co. Hwy 43 to the Stop sign. Take a right onto Co. Hwy 61 and proceed 3 miles to CIP. Look for sign.

Visiting Regulations: Please read the Inmate Visiting Information prior to visits.


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