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Dakota County Jail Inmate Phone Use


1580 Highway 55
Hastings,
Minnesota
55033
Dakota County
Main Phone: 651-438-4800
Beds: 350
The information below provides complete instructions regarding Dakota County Jail inmate phone use, how the jail phone system works, purchasing phone time online (where available), purchasing phone time over the phone online (where available), purchasing phone credits through commissary (where available) and setting up an account to reduce your cost of inmate phone calls from the Dakota County Jail in Hastings, Minnesota.

When available, the information below will explain how to communicate with your inmate using the jail's secure email message system.

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to the jail phones and your communication costs are reduced as much as possible.

Can I Phone An Inmate At The Dakota County Jail?

No. Neither this jail nor any other jail allows you to directly phone an inmate.



Can I Leave A Message For An Inmate At Dakota County Jail?

If you need to let an inmate know about an emergency such as the death or birth of an immediate family member, contact the jail and ask for the watch commander.

A decision will be made as to whether to pass the information to the inmate. In rare cases, you might be allowed to schedule a special visit to give the inmate the information yourself.



How Does An Inmate Make A Phone Call From Dakota County Jail?

This jail contracts with Consolidated Telecom for inmate phone calls. You must register a free account, then fund the account if you wish to receive calls from an inmate.

Click here to get started.

Once on the home page, click the My Account tab at the top right.

Click the New Account tab in the middle-right of the page.

Fill in the blanks.

Choose a facility, an inmate and deposit amount.

Use a credit/debit card to fund the account.



Can An Inmate Use A Cell Phone While In Dakota County Jail?

No. Inmates are not allowed cell phones in Dakota County Jail, although getting access to a cell phone in jail has become more common.

Some states such as California have made it a criminal offense to use and possess a cell phone and will file additional charges when it can be connected to an inmate. Cell phones are most often smuggled into the jail and then sold to the inmates by jail staff.

Helping an inmate gain access to a cell phone could cause you to be charged with a crime. It is not worth the risk.



Can I Communicate By Email With An Inmate?

A growing number of jails now offer email services to inmates and their families. This can save you time by letting you view your email from your smart phone, computer, or tablet, whenever you wish.

You don't have to deal with envelopes, stamps or the post office.

Inmates like it because the emails typically eliminate delayed mail runs so they can get your correspondence quickly and send responses immediately.

Jail staffs like it as it eliminates concerns about contraband entering the facility in envelopes and on paper. It also allows the jail to have an electronic record that can be called upon at any time.

Anything you or your inmate writes in an email service is put through a filtering program that looks for certain words related to criminal and/or gang activities.

There have been multiple cases in which emails between inmates and their friends or loved ones have been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.

Call 651-438-4800 or click here to see if email services are being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.



Important Tips About Jail Phone Calls

Anything said during a phone conversation that is determined to be a threat to jail security, inmates or jail staff can be turned over to authorities for investigation.

Inmates at this jail have access to phones most hours of the day. They do not have access during lock-down periods.

If your inmate does not call you during the time you both have scheduled, don't panic. There are often long lines for phone use. When a jail is on lockdown due to a fight or other security issue they do not allow the phones to be used.

Phones are the only way for an inmate to hear your voice and temporarily 'escape' the loneliness of incarceration, so use your time well. Arguing about anything will leave you both feeling empty and guilty, so avoid it at all costs.

All phone conversations are recorded. Whatever you talk about, can and will be used against your inmate in court. Never discuss their pending criminal case!

Click here to view the jail website for additional information. 

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