Hennepin County Jail & Prison

Find Hennepin County Minnesota jails, prisons, detention centers, departments of corrections, and penitentiaries. Jails and prisons provide information on inmate searches, rosters, lookups, lists, records, and mugshot photos.


Hennepin County Detention 350 South 5th Street Minneapolis MN 55415 612-348-5112


Hennepin County Jail 401 4th Avenue South Minneapolis MN 55415 612-348-5112

Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center 510 Park Avenue Minneapolis MN 55415 612-348-3744

Minneapolis Prison 2002 23rd Avenue South Minneapolis MN 55404

About Hennepin County Jails & Prisons

A Hennepin County Jail or Prison is a secure facility located in Hennepin County, MN where individuals, referred to as inmates, are involuntarily confined and their freedoms and movement are restricted as a consequence of criminal behavior. Hennepin County Jails are short-term facilities where inmates either await trial or sentencing for a crime, or serve relatively short sentences. Hennepin County Prisons are longer-term facilities where inmates serve out a prison sentence, usually of a year or more, for their crimes.

You may contact Jails & Prisons for questions about:
  • Locating Hennepin County inmates
  • Finding out who is in Jail or Prison
  • Searching for criminal records
  • Performing Hennepin County background checks
  • Contacting, visiting and sending money to inmates
Hennepin County Inmate Searches

All levels of Hennepin County Jails and Prisons provide information about inmates upon request. You may contact correctional facilities to search for inmates. Detention facilities in Hennepin County, MN provide details of Jail and Prison rosters, inmate contact information, visitation policies and procedures, and how send money to loved ones who may be incarcerated. Hennepin County inmate searches and lookups are available by contacting Hennepin County Jails, Hennepin County, Minnesota State, and Federal Prisons.

Hennepin County Jails

Jails are Hennepin County government facilities in the county criminal justice system. A Lockup is a particular type of Jail that serves as a temporary holding facility, attached to the Hennepin County Police Department or Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, which houses suspects while they await bail or transport to another Jail.

Prisons in Hennepin County, Minnesota

Hennepin County Prisons can be categorized by level of security: minimum, medium, or maximum. Minimum Security Prisons allow inmates considerable daily movement and are intended for non-violent criminals and inmates who pose little risk of escape or threat to prison staff or other inmates. Medium Security Prisons are somewhat more restrictive facilities, but still allow for daily movement and house inmates in housing units instead of cells. Maximum Security Prisons are reserved for the most violent offenders and those who pose the highest escape threat, and these facilities place the greatest restrictions on inmates.

In Minnesota, State Prisons are run by a Department of Corrections (DOC) or the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Federal Prisons are the responsibility of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP). While most prisons are owned and operated by government agencies, many prisons have been privatized. Private prisons are owned and operated by for-profit companies under contract with government agencies, though oversight of private prisons remains the responsibility of Hennepin County, Minnesota State, and Federal Government.