The information below provides complete instructions regarding Hennepin County Jail - City Hall Visiting Hours and Visitation Schedule, Visiting Rules, Inmate Video Visits and Jail Visitation process in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Following these instructions exactly will enhance your chances of getting official approval to visit an inmate.
It is highly recommended that prior to an inmate visit you call the jail at 612-348-5112 to confirm that visits have not been cancelled.
Inmates at Hennepin County Detention fill out their own visitation list. You must be on their list in order to visit.
You must present a valid state or federally issued photo ID, minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent and or legal guardian, and both minor and adult must be on the inmate’s visitation list.
You will be issued a visitation pass upon checking in for visitation at the Hennepin County Jail. Do not damage, vandalize or misplace this pass while visiting your inmate, the officials at the facility may terminate your visiting privileges if the pass is damaged or lost.
Visitaion passes will not be issued during the last 15 minutes of the visiting hours. You will not be permitted to visit and will be required to return the next visitation day. So allow yourself plenty of time for travel and check in.
Anyone over the age of 18, who isn't on felony probation and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.
Visitation applicants in Hennepin County must sometimes submit to a background check. Those with warrants are denied visitation or if allowed to visit, will be arrested at the jail.
Jails limit the number of people that can visit an inmate to two adults each visit.
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.
You must be on the inmates visitation list, including minor children, and the inmates are the ones responsible for making their own list.
Call 612-348-5112 to ask specific questions about this policy or click here for any updates to this policy.
It is likely that the Hennepin County Jail - City Hall will deny visitation to anyone with a past felony conviction regardless of probation/parole status. Call 612-348-5112 prior to arriving for the specific jail guideline regarding your legal status.
If you are a co-defendant with the inmate in a pending case, your visit will be denied.
If you and the inmate are under a court order to have no contact with each other, your visit will be denied.
The Hennepin County Jail - City Hall reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Hennepin County Jail - City Hall requires all visitors to fill out an application prior to your visiting an inmate.
Carefully fill out the application. Incomplete paperwork is cause for denial.
Honesty, especially regarding past criminal convictions, probation etc., is important. These things will most likely show up on the background check – which if lied about on the application, will cause visits to be denied.
Hennepin County Detention currently does not have an application process. Make sure you have and present a state or federally issued photo ID. Inmates make out their own visitation list, you and any minor children must be on their list in order to visit.
Call 612-348-5112 to ask specific questions about the application.
Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process.
Visiting Hours are currently:
September 1, 2014 Visitation hours will change to:
Wednesday: 6:00pm- 10:00pm
If you are visiting from another state or traveling a great distance, Hennepin County Jail - City Hall may allow you an extended visitation. Call 612-348-5112 to ask for special consideration.
Call 612-348-5112 or click here to view normal visiting hours and procedures for scheduling a visit.
The Hennepin County Jail - City Hall staff will turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.
The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time.
Wear clothes that are not revealing.
Don't wear see-through material.
Have all undergarments covered (males and females) and avoid a lot of cleavage.
Shorts and skirts should reach mid-thigh.
Sleeves should be at least half-way to your elbow.
The following types of clothing are also prohibited:
Clothing promoting gang affiliation.
Anything displaying drugs, weapons or profanity.
Clothing depicting anything obscene.
Call 612-348-5112 to ask specific questions about the Hennepin County Jail - City Hall Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.
Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle or in a locker (if one is provided).
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
All visits at Hennepin County Detention are non-contact and behind plexi-glass. Visits are a minimum of 20 minutes and vary in length. Visits will be shortened possibly terminated due to inappropriate conduct.
Do not bring your cell phone, tablet or electronic device into the facility.
Call 612-348-5112 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Hennepin County Jail - City Hall visitation.
Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.
Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home. Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.
Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.
Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.
Hennepin County Detention does not currently offer video at home visitation.
Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Hennepin County Jail - City Hall – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.