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Visiting

Visiting maintains healthy family and community relationships.

Visiting can help offenders build support networks they will need after release. Research conducted by the Minnesota Department of Corrections has shown that positive interactions with friends and family can lower recidivism.

For these positive interactions to occur, visiting room must be a secure environment where offenders and families can feel safe. To maintain this environment, offenders and visitors are required to obey the rules of the visiting room. Failure to do so may result in warning, termination of visits, placement on non-contact visiting status, suspension or revocation of the visiting privilege.

Normal Visiting Schedules 

Each facility has an established visiting schedule.Click below for visiting hours.

MCF-Faribault
MCF-Lino Lakes
MCF-Oak Park Heights
MCF-Red Wing (Adult)
MCF-Red Wing (Juvenile)
MCF-Rush City
MCF-St. Cloud
MCF-Shakopee
MCF-Stillwater
MCF-Willow River/Moose Lake
Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) - Willow River
Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) - MCF-Togo

There is no visiting on the following State recognized holidays*:

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

*Willow River and Togo Challenge Incarceration Program offenders may have visitors on holidays IF the holiday falls on a regularly-scheduled visiting day.

Public Transportation Options

Metro Transit

Minnesota Public Transportation

Minneapolis Public Transportation

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority

Jefferson Line

Victim Visiting 

Victims of an active offense are prohibited from visiting incarcerated offenders.

Victim Visitation Restriction FAQs

Statewide Visiting Room Rules

Statewide Visiting Room Rules (English)
Statewide Visiting Room Rules (Spanish)

Visiting Restrictions

Visiting Restrictions for Visitors (English)
Visiting Restrictions for Visitors (Spanish)

Visiting Restrictions for Offenders (English)
Visiting Restrictions for Offenders (Spanish)

Visiting Applications

Visiting Privilege Application Form (Fillable Online) (English)
Visiting Privilege Application Form (Spanish)

Notarized Minor Escort Authorization (English)
Notarized Minor Escort Authorization (Spanish)

DOC facilities no longer accept visiting application forms dated December 2015 or older. Using old applications causes a delay in processing time and will result in the application being denied .

If you have questions about the visiting applications, please contact the Rush City Visiting Unit.
Heidi Schafer: 320-358-0413
Jennifer Decker: 320-358-0411
Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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