Stearns County Jail near St. Cloud MN


Inmates-in-Pod-for-stearns-visitVisitation is held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 6:00pm – 9:00pm and on Saturdays 8:30am – 11:00am. There is no visitation on Fridays or Sundays.  This schedule is in effect year-round and does not change for holidays.

Stearns County Jail does not utilize visiting lists.  However, visitor ID is required, with one or more of the following forms preferred:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • State ID card
  • Other official ID with picture, physical description and signature

The following rules apply to all visits:

  • Inmates are limited to one visit per visiting day. Inmates sentenced to less than three days will not be given visiting privileges.
  • Visitors are limited to one 20-minute visiting period per day. Visits may be shortened to 15 minutes during busy visiting days.
  • These visits are non-contact and appropriate attire is required.
  • Only the number of people who can be reasonably accommodated in the visiting room will be allowed at any one time.
  • Inmates attending a program shall be called out to attend their visit but will not be allowed to return to the program.
  • Any inmate may refuse to see any visitor, either professional or social.
  • Any visitor under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Any visitor under the age of 18, who is not accompanied by a parent, must have written permission from his/her parent or guardian to visit an inmate. The parent or guardian must come into the jail to sign the permission slip on the first visit.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed in the visiting rooms.
  • No personal property (purse, phone, coat, etc.) is allowed in visiting rooms.  Coin lockers are available for 25 cents to store these items.
  • Except for legal materials, neither professional visitors nor the inmate are permitted to pass anything. All legal material to be passed will be reviewed by a Corrections Officer.
  • Professional visits (attorney, clergy, etc.) may be conducted at any reasonable hour. Clergy must first meet with Program staff prior to their first visit.  You may reach them at 320.259.3759.

Violation of visiting rules and regulations by an inmate may result in a loss of visiting privileges. Violations of visiting rules and regulations by a visitor may result in the visitor being removed from the facility and being denied further visiting privileges.


Telephones are provided in all housing units and can be used whenever inmates are not on lockdown status.

  • Inmates may make collect calls or may purchase a jail calling card from the canteen program.  Any calls made to their lawyer are free. Instructions for making these calls are at each phone. Credit card, 3-way and toll-free calls cannot be made from housing unit phones.
  • Inmates should be aware that all non-attorney calls will be recorded and that local collect calls are much more expensive than direct-dial calls.
  • To afford all inmates equal opportunity for telephone usage, all telephone calls are limited to 15 minutes per call.
  • Inmate damage to telephones may result in loss of telephone privileges, disciplinary action and/or criminal charges.

Incoming telephone calls cannot be forwarded to housing units and only those messages that are a verifiable emergency or from legal counsel will be forwarded to inmates.



All incoming mail should be addressed as follows:

Inmate’s Name
P.O. Box 217
St. Cloud, MN 56302

All incoming mail will be processed through the U.S. Postal Service and will be delivered to the housing units within 12 hours of receipt.

  • Inmates may send and receive unlimited and uncensored letters daily except where there is reliable information of a threat to order and security or that they are being used in the furtherance of illegal activity.
  • All mail content is read and if necessary may be rejected (returned to sender) or stored until the inmate’s release.  The exception to this is legal material mailed between attorney and client.
  • Paper and post-paid envelopes can be purchased through inmate supply. Upon request, indigent inmates may receive three prepaid postcards per week.
  • Mail addressed to an inmate who has been transferred or released will be returned to sender.


In most cases, inmates are only allowed money and no outside belongings. Money for inmates can be deposited four ways:

  • Deposit money online using a credit card at
  • Mail cashier’s check or money order made payable to inmate (do not mail cash)
  • Deposit cash in kiosk on second floor of Law Enforcement Center
  • Bring money order or cashier’s check to the Law Enforcement Center

Personal and payroll checks are not accepted.  After payment of a mandatory $25 booking fee, inmates may use their money in two ways:

  • order supplies like toiletries, art materials and mail envelopes from the Canteen
  • use a debit card at vending machines for snacks and beverages

When are visiting hours?

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturdays 8:30am – 11:00am
There is no visitation on Fridays or Sundays.

This schedule is in effect year-round and does not change for holidays.

How do I get to the Stearns County Jail?

From I-94 (east or west):

exit on Highway 15 and head north for St. Cloud.  At Highway 23/Division Street, take right.  Drive approximately three miles to the downtown area.  Turn left at 8th Avenue (stoplight).  Courthouse (with gold dome) is approximately three blocks ahead.  Law Enforcement Center is behind the courthouse.

From Highway 10 (north or south):

Take Highway 23 exit and head west towards downtown (approximately two miles).  Take right on 8th Avenue (stoplight).  Courthouse (with gold dome) is approximately three blocks ahead.  Law Enforcement Center is behind the courthouse.

What is my court date/time?

Jail staff cannot provide information regarding the court calendar.  Please see the Court Administration section for information.

Can I get fingerprints taken?

We provide fingerprinting services 8:30am – 11:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the main floor of the Law Enforcement Center.  Cost is $15 cash only – no checks, debit cards, etc.  Be sure to bring along photo identification and any special fingerprint card you have been issued.  Fingerprint services are often requested for background checks, name changes, employment requirements, adoptions and permits to carry.

Are you the same as the prison?

No. The Minnesota Correctional Facility, St. Cloud is a state facility, and is not affiliated with the Stearns County Jail.

Minnesota Correctional Facility, St. Cloud
2305 Minnesota Boulevard SE Box B
St. Cloud, MN 56302

Neighboring Counties Telephone Numbers:

Benton County Jail (320) 968-8260
Sherburne County Jail    (763) 241-4515
Kandiyohi County Jail  (320) 214-6700 ext. 6700
Meeker County Jail (320) 693-5415
Mille Lacs County Jail (320) 983-8244
Morrison County Jail (320) 632-2673
Wright County Jail (763) 682-7653

What are your fees?

 $15 CASH
Booking  $25
Housing  $20 per day, collected after stay
Huber Housing
 $18 per day, collected during stay


How can I volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, contact our Programs Coordinator at 320.259.3759.  Currently volunteer groups lead arts & crafts sessions, faith ministries and self-help groups like AA.