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Dakota County Jail Inmate Search

How to Search for an Inmate in Dakota County Minnesota

If you want to find out if someone you know is in the Dakota County Jail system go to the Dakota County Jail Search.

There are three ways to search:

  • Name
  • Posted Date (Booking Date Range)
  • Court Date



Enter the inmate’s last name and first name.

Click on “Search”.

TIP: You can also enter the first letter or few letters of the last name and click “Search”. All inmates whose name begins with the letters you entered will be listed.


Use the provided calendars to enter a “From Date Posted” and a “To Date Posted”.

Click on “Search”.

This is a good option if you are aware of a date range in which the inmate was booked. Once you enter the dates and click on “Search”, only inmates booked during that time are listed in alphabetical order by last names. . 


Click on the provided calendar icon to choose a court date.

Click on “Search”.

NOTE: If you are not getting results with the “Booking Date” or “Court Date” search, clear the field and enter the partial last name of the inmate. It could be you are entering the wrong dates and this method will open the search to a wider group of inmates.


Select your inmate from the displayed list and click on the inmate’s name to view:

  • Dakota County Mugshot – Click to make it larger
  • Inmate’s Full Legal Name
  • Booking #
  • Booking Date    
  • Arrest Date/Time
  • Arrest Agency  
  • Arrest City
  • Reason Held
  • Inmate Location              
  • Anticipated Release Date            
  • Bail Information
  • Type
  • Amount
  • Paid
  • Comments – Bail restrictions on the inmate etc.
  • Charge
  • Control Agency
  • Charge Level – Felony or Misdemeanor
  • Charge Type
  • Charge
  • Statute Number              
  • Charge Disposition
  • Disposition Date
  • Disposition Remarks      
  • Clearance Reason           
  • Court Name
  • Court Date/Time
  • Court Reason
  • Court Disposition
  • Hearing History


To find information about this inmate’s Dakota County Criminal Court Case, click here:

Select Dakota County from the Case Records dropdown menu.

Click on the blue-link, “Criminal/Traffic/Petty Case Records”.

Type in the displayed security code.

Use the dropdown menu to select how to search:

  • Case
  • Defendant
  • Citation
  • Attorney

Enter as much information as you have. Required fields will be highlighted in red.

Once the inmate’s name is displayed, click on the blue-link case number to the right of the page to view:

  • Case Type
  • Date Filed
  • Location
  • Lead Attorneys
  • Dakota County Defendant’s Name
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Jurisdiction                                                        
  • Charges
  • Statute Level (Felony, Misdemeanor, etc.)
  • Date
  • Disposition
  • Level of Sentence
  • Disposition (Convicted, Dismissed, etc.)
  • Events & Orders of the Court

With more than 9,000 jails and prisons across the country, trying to locate an inmate can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. On this page, you will find the Dakota County inmate search, inmate lists, inmate roster, arrest reports and/or booking information for the Dakota County Jail in the city of Hastings, Dakota County in the state of Minnesota.

With a minimal amount of information about the inmate and some patience, on jailexchange.com you can:


Recent Arrests and/or Pre-trial Inmates in Dakota County Jail

If you are certain your inmate is in Dakota County Jail, or at the very least in Dakota County, go to this page to search for them.

If the Dakota County Jail inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Dakota County Jail is "open" 24-hours-a-day. When you call, give the staff member the name of who you are looking for and a birthdate or age if you have it. That person will let you know if your inmate is there.

At minimum you will need a first and last name. If you can provide the middle name or initial that is even better. In a perfect world you will also have the inmate's birthdate, but if not, an estimated age will help.

If you are not sure what county jail the inmate is located in, it helps to at least know the geographic area. Knowing what state the inmate is in is good; knowing which county is even better.

In some cases, there will be more than one possibility. Use patience and check them all. Go here to get started on a search for any jail in the state of Minnesota or go to this page to begin a search for all jails in the United States.

If your inmate has been charged but not yet convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, he or she will most likely be held in Dakota County within the county where the crime occurred. If you only have the city name, look up the city's police department, call and ask them if they keep inmates at a local jail or send them to the county jail. If they are sent to the Dakota County Jail, either look them up here or call for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Dakota County Jail until transport to a Minnesota State Prison is available. Inmates sentenced to less than one year incarceration or those convicted to serve time for misdemeanors will do their time in the Dakota County Jail system.

Jailexchange.com has a complete page of all available information to assist families and friends of inmates in Dakota County Jail and every other jail, prison and juvenile detention center in America.

How to find an Inmate already convicted of a felony and sentenced in the state of Minnesota

State Inmate

Most states have Department of Corrections websites that allow you to type in a felon's first and last name and pull up inmates in that state. Go to this page for inmates in Minnesota. If you need to find an inmate in another state prison system, go here.

When you click next to the inmate's name or on a link, it will show you which jail or prison the inmate is housed in. If the inmate is no longer incarcerated, but is on parole/probation or discharged, it will tell you that as well. In addition, many state prison inmate pages show recent mug shots.

Federal Inmate

The federal prison system has its own inmate locator called the Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator.

Type in the inmate's name and it will tell you where he or she is incarcerated and their projected release date. It also lists released federal prison inmates and the date they were released.

Federal inmates who are moved from one prison to another will show as "No longer in federal custody" on the system until they reach their next federal prison destination. This movement can take a few days to several months to complete, so keep checking back to find out where the inmate was taken.

ICE Inmates

The ICE Detainee Lookup allows friends, family members and interested parties to locate illegal and/or undocumented immigrants that are in the United States without permission.

They are held in detention centers approved by Immigration Custody and Enforcement until their hearing or date they are deported back to their home country.

To look up the detainee, users need the full legal name the person used upon their arrest and the country the person claimed they originated from. It helps to also have the "A-number", which is the number that ICE assigned to them upon their detention, which you can use instead of attempting to type the detainee's name.

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