Ramsey County Adult Detention Center

Ramsey County Adult Detention Center Information

An In-Depth Guide to the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center

The Ramsey County Adult Detention Center (ADC) first opened its doors in December 2003. This 500-bed facility located in Saint Paul, Minnesota operates as a pre-trial holding facility for individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial. Nearly 150 staff oversee operations and provide security, detention, and healthcare services. The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office manages the ADC, commonly referred to as the Ramsey County Jail, under Minnesota state law.

## Visiting an Inmate at the Adult Detention Center

The ADC allows both in-person and remote video visits for family and friends of inmates. However, due to COVID-19 precautions, all contact visits are temporarily suspended. Once restrictions lift, contact visits will resume. Here is what you need to know about scheduling and policies for visitation:

### In-Person Visits

- All in-person visitors must set up an account and get approval on Securus Technologies' website before scheduling appointment times. Visitors cannot schedule visits until jail staff approves their account.

- Visits must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Visitors are responsible for scheduling appointments.

- On-site visits take place through a non-contact video monitor in the ADC lobby. These visits are free of charge. 

- Arrive 20 minutes early to allow time for check-in. Late arrivals risk losing their appointment.

- Visits start at the scheduled time and cannot be changed if a visitor arrives late. 

- Visitors must register any additional guests over 18 prior to the visit. The on-site scheduling kiosk does not allow for same-day registrations.  

- Unregistered visitors will not be allowed entry. Registration can be completed online.

### Video Visitation from Home

- Remote video visits can take place on a computer, smartphone, or tablet device. Scheduling and fees apply.

- Remote visits cost $7.99 for a 20-minute session. Inmates can have unlimited sessions during regular hours. 

- Visit www.visitfromhome.net for details on compatible devices and getting started.

### Visiting Hours

| Day | In-Person Visits | Remote Visits | 
| Sunday | 12:30pm - 2:30pm | 12:30pm - 2:30pm |
| Monday | None | 12:30pm - 2:30pm |
| Tuesday | 12:30pm - 2:30pm | 12:30pm - 2:30pm |  
| Wednesday | None | 12:30pm - 2:30pm |
| Thursday | 12:30pm - 2:30pm | 12:30pm - 2:30pm |
| Friday | None | 12:30pm - 2:30pm |
| Saturday | None | 12:30pm - 2:30pm |

### Professional Visitation

Attorneys, probation officers, and authorized professionals can visit inmates any day of the week during these hours:

- 7:30am - 10:30am 
- 12:00pm - 2:30pm
- 3:30pm - 4:30pm
- 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Interns do not qualify as professional visitors.

## Communicating with Inmates

Staying in touch with incarcerated friends or family at the ADC is possible through phone calls, mail, and deposits to inmate accounts.

### Phone Calls

- The ADC uses Securus Technologies for inmate phone services. Call 1-800-844-6591 to set up an account to receive calls.

- Inmates can only make outgoing calls which are subject to monitoring and recording.

- Leave a voicemail for an inmate for a $1.99 fee by calling 651-266-9350 and selecting option 2. 

- Contact Securus if you need to block calls from the facility.

### Mail Policies 

- Inmates can send and receive letters through standard mail. All non-legal mail is opened and inspected. 

- Address mail to the inmate's full name and:

Ramsey County ADC   
Inmate Mail
425 Grove Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101

- Packages cannot be accepted and will be returned. Only use regular US Mail.

- Allow 2-3 extra days for mail processing at the facility. 

- Mail received after release will be forwarded to the inmate's last listed address, otherwise returned to sender.

### Inmate Accounts and Deposits  

- Each inmate has an account for purchases and to hold any money brought at intake.

- Deposit money for an inmate's account online, at facility lobby kiosks, or by mail with a cashier's check or money order. 

- Upon release, accounts close and balances issue on a debit card or check.

## Inmate Personal Property

The ADC stores inmate personal property and belongings in a secured area upon admission. 

- Clothing, jewelry, and property on the inmate's person are inventoried and logged during intake.

- Release necessary documentation, glasses, medications, and similar items to the inmate where appropriate.

- Pick up an inmate's stored property by authorization only. Valid ID is required.

- Property transfers with the inmate if moved to another facility, with some limitations. 

- Unclaimed property remaining 30 days after a transfer is destroyed.

- The facility will not accept any personal items for inmates besides jury trial clothing by prior arrangement.

## Inmate Healthcare

The on-site medical clinic operates 24/7 to handle inmate healthcare needs. Medical staff provides:

- Initial medical, mental health, and substance abuse screening  

- Ongoing treatment and prescription management

- Coordination with current healthcare providers as needed

- Triage of emergent medical issues

Due to privacy laws, medical information can only be shared directly with the inmate patient. However, concerns about an inmate’s medical situation can be directed to Health Services staff at 651-266-9414.

## Bail, Bonds, and Inmate Release

Posting bail or bond allows pre-trial inmates to secure release until their court date. Here are some key considerations:

- Bail can be paid at the ADC facility 24 hours a day. Only cash in the exact bail amount is accepted. 

- For active warrants, bail can be paid at the Warrants Unit desk during weekday business hours.

- Inmates may arrange bail payment themselves in many cases. Call the ADC to ask about bail options for a specific inmate.

- Once release is authorized, inmates undergo processing that takes time. Releases occur directly from the ADC lobby. 

- All individuals must go through fingerprinting, photographs, and identification verification during intake, including those who post bail/bond.

## Turning Yourself In on an Active Warrant

To voluntarily surrender on an active Ramsey County warrant:

- Arrive at the ADC. Earlier morning hours Monday-Thursday are best.

- Bring ID, medications, clothing for the weather, glasses/contacts, and cash for bail if applicable. Do not bring weapons, non-prescription drugs, electronics, or food items. 

- If possible, provide details on the warrant situation.

- Plan for fingerprinting, photographs, and identification verification as part of intake processing.

The ADC makes reasonable efforts to place individuals before a judge for a first appearance within 24 hours whenever possible, depending on the warrant and case details.

## Additional ADC Details 

- The facility handbook outlines procedures for safeguarding inmate property and contraband rules, though a copy is not provided to inmates.

- Inmates have access to computers with LexisNexis software for legal research purposes at least 5 hours per week.

- Photocopies and printing services are not available for legal documents.

- Two single occupancy cells serve as the Special Management Unit for segregating inmates when required.

## Frequently Asked Questions

**How do I find out if someone is in jail in Ramsey County?**

You can call the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center at 651-266-9350 or search for an inmate using the online roster available at www.ramseycounty.us/adultdetentioncenter.

**How do I call an inmate at Ramsey County Jail?**

Set up a prepaid account with Securus Technologies by phone at 1-800-844-6591 or online at www.securustech.net, then dial 651-266-9350 followed by the inmate's ID number to connect a call.

**How do you pay bail in Ramsey County?** 

Bail can be paid at the Adult Detention Center lobby window 24/7 by cash in the exact bail amount. For warrant bail, pay at the Warrants Unit desk weekdays 8am-4:30pm.

**What is the capacity of the Ramsey County Jail?**

The Ramsey County Adult Detention Center has a total capacity of 500 beds.

Having basic knowledge of the ADC’s policies can help make the process of visiting and communicating with incarcerated individuals less stressful. This overview covers the key procedures, requirements, and resources families need to stay connected. Reach out to ADC staff with any other questions not addressed here.

Phone: 952-853-2550

Physical Address:
Ramsey County Adult Detention Center
425 Grove Street
St Paul, MN 55101

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's Full Name & A-Number
Ramsey County Adult Detention Center
425 Grove Street
St Paul, MN 55101

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How Do You Find Someone in the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center?

How to Find Someone in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detainee Locator

When someone that is not a US Citizen gets arrested in the United States, and they are here illegally, depending on what state or city they are arrested in, the person may be turned over to ICE. 

Many states such as New York and California, as well as hundreds of US cities, have declared themselves 'sanctuary cities' and do not turn over foreigners here illegally, even if they are committing crimes in their jurisdiction.

However, when an alien here illegally is turned over to ICE, and sent to one of the over 100 Immigration Detention Centers in the United States, the only way to try and locate where they are being detained is using the Online Detainee Locator System.

There are two ways to search for an ICE Detainee:

You can look them up using their assigned A-Number.

  • An A-Number is a 9-digit number that either looks like this: A-123456789, or like this 123-456-789. This is required if you do not know their name.
    It is also called a Registration Number when on a visa, or a USCIS# when on a Green Card.
    If for whatever reason the A-Number you have does not have 9-digits, you need to add 0s (zeroes) to the front of the number until the number has 9-digits.

    That number might then look like this:  001234567.

You can also try and look them up by using their name.

  • In order for this to be effective, you need to have the exact name that is either on their paperwork, or the the name with the exact spelling that they gave ICE. This is required.
  • You also need to know the country of their birth, or the country of their birth that they gave ICE. This is required.
  • Knowing their Date of Birth is helpful but not required to find them in the system.

Important things to know about using the ICE Detainee Locator

  • You do not need to set up an account to use the Detainee Locator System.
  • A-Number stands for 'Alien Registration Number'.
  • The System does not have information on all detainees in custody.
  • Juvenile names are NOT in the System.
  • The Detainee Locator System is updated every 8 hours, sometimes sooner.
  • If the detainee is being moved to a new facility, the new location will not be shown until they have arrived and are processed. 
  • No warnings or prior notice are given in advance of a detainee being moved.
  • While being transferred to a different facility they may still be shown online as being in the original facility.
  • If you are planning a visit, always call before you come to confirm the detainee is still at the facility and has not been moved.
  • To visit a detainee you must have some type of government issued photo ID, or other identification when photo identification is unavailable for religious reasons.
  • If you are unable to find the detainee using the System, contact the ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in the area where you believe the person's immigration case was initiated or the Detainee Reporting and Information Line (DRIL) at 888-351-4024.

Pamphlets in various languages with Instructions on how to use the Online Detainee Locator System:

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Understanding US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

What is an ICE Detention Center?

Men, women, and children that are in the United States illegally and are apprehended by the US Border Patrol or ICE will most likely be placed in removal proceedings and may be detained in one of the more than 200 jails and detention centers that make up ICE’s detention system.

Many of the illegal immigrants that are detained are held in county and local jails that contract with ICE to detain immigrants. The rest are held in dedicated immigration detention facilities run by ICE or contracted to private prison corporations, including family detention centers that hold mothers and children.

What Determines if an Illegal Immigrant gets Detained?

ICE will typically detain an immigrant because DHS (Homeland Security) believes that an illegal immigrant is either a “flight risk” and may move to another location within the U.S. or that they pose a public safety threat. Detaining the person allows the government to guarantee that the person will show up for their hearing before an Immigration Court.

Some of the reasons that causes an illegal immigrant to get arrested and held in detention prior to their day in court is as follows:

The illegal immigrant has:

  • committed a crime, or multiple crimes
  • arrived at the border without a visa prior to formally applying for asylum or refugee status
  • an outstanding removal (deportation) order on record, either pending or past due, or
  • missed prior immigration hearing dates.


How do you find someone that is in an ICE Detention Center?

The first step to finding out if an illegal immigrant is in ICE or DHS custody is by using the ICE Detainee Locator.

It’s easier to find the person if you have an Alien Number (A#), if one exists. A green card or work permit will show this number. If you don’t have an A# the person is much more difficult to locate.

The information you will need is as follows:

  • the person’s full name as it appears in the ICE System. The exact spelling and the order of how the name is listed is required.
  • the person’s date of birth
  • the person’s country of birth

If you are having difficulty, try different spellings and the order of how the name is listed.

If the illegal immigrant was only recently detained, the ICE Detainee Locator may not be updated with the latest information. Keep in mind that ICE does not give information (online or over the phone) for people under 18 years of age. In such cases, you can only get information on them from the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations field office nearest you.

If the person you are looking for is not in an ICE Detention Center, they may have been taken to a local jail that contracts with ICE, so contact their local City and County Jail, all which can be found here.

Another option, short of the expense of hiring an Immigration Lawyer, is to go to this website and use their online form to get their help.

Once an illegal immigrant is located and you find out the facility where they are being held you need to find out the Deportation Officer that has been assigned to their case. The Officer can tell you how to call or visit the detainee, or pay for the detainee to be able to call you, or how you can send any needed items such as clothing, prescriptions, etc.

The last option, and the most expensive, is to hire an experienced immigration attorney to assist you in tracking down the Deportation Officer. If the person being detained requires specific medical care, an attorney can ensure that they receive that care.

If the detained illegal immigrant has been deported from America previously or has an outstanding removal order - in which case they have no right to see an immigration judge - they can be removed within a few days, or even hours, of the initial arrest.

Even if the government does not immediately remove the person, it is possible that they can be moved around to different Detention Centers. There is never a warning that a person is being moved around and during the transfer there is a complete blackout of any information.

How long are people held in ICE Immigration Detention Centers?

The time that an illegal immigrant is held in an ICE Detention Center can vary. It all depends on several factors such as the individual’s personal situation, criminal record, the severity of the crime they are being charged with, previous deportations and the current caseload that the Detention Center is dealing with.

This image portrays the most recent data available on the time a detained illegal immigrant remains in custody before their release and/or deportation.

Can you visit someone in ICE Detention Centers?

The short answer is yes. The person visiting an illegal immigrant in an ICE Detention Center must be lawfully present in the United States. In other words the visitor must have some form of currently valid immigration status at the time of the visit. A detention center or jail will not allow the visit unless visitor can show valid I.D. and offer proof that they are lawfully in the United States.

If you want to become a volunteer that visits illegal immigrants in order to offer emotional support, it may be possible. You can join one of these visitation networks by going here and contacting the network in your area.

What crimes can cause an illegal immigrant to be deported?

(The following information comes from Nolo.com, a trusted legal resource)

  • Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude (see list). This includes any attempt or conspiracy to commit such a crime. It does not include crimes that were committed that the illegal immigrant committed when they were under the age of 18 years, however the person must have been released from jail more than five years before applying for a visa or other immigration benefit. It also does not include crimes for which the maximum penalty did not exceed one year in prison and the person was not, in fact, sentenced to more than six months in prison.
  • Conviction or admission of a controlled substance violation, whether under U.S. or foreign law. This includes any conspiracy to commit such a crime.
  • Convictions for two or more crimes (other than purely political ones) for which the prison sentences totaled at least five years. This multiple-offense ground of inadmissibility applies whether or not the convictions came from a single trial and whether or not the offenses arose from a single scheme of misconduct or involved moral turpitude.
  • Conviction of or participation in (according to the reasonable belief of the U.S. government) controlled substance trafficking. This includes anyone who knowingly aided, abetted, assisted, conspired, or colluded in illicit drug trafficking. It also includes the spouse, son, or daughter of the inadmissible applicant if that person has, within the last five years, received any financial or other benefit from the illicit activities, and knew or reasonably should have known where the money or benefit came from.
  • Having the purpose of engaging in prostitution or commercialized vice upon coming to the United States, or a history, within the previous ten years, of having engaged in prostitution.
  • Procurement or attempted procurement or importation of prostitutes, directly or indirectly, or receipt of proceeds of prostitution, any of which occurred within the previous ten years.
  • Assertion of immunity from prosecution after committing a serious criminal offense in the U.S., if the person was thus able to depart the U.S. and has not since submitted fully to the jurisdiction of the relevant U.S. Court.
  • Commission of particularly severe violations of religious freedom while serving as a foreign government official.
  • Commission of or conspiracy to commit human trafficking offenses, within or outside the U.S., or being a knowing aider, abettor, assister, conspirator, or colluder with such a trafficker according to the knowledge or reasonable belief of the U.S. government. Also inadmissible are the spouse, son, or daughter the applicant if they, within the previous five years (but when older than children), received financial or other benefits from the illicit activity and knew or reasonably should have known that the money or other benefit came from the illicit activity.
  • Conviction of an aggravated felony, if the person was removed from the U.S. and seeks to return (this ground of inadmissibility lasts for 20 years)
  • Seeking to enter the U.S. to engage in money laundering, or a history of having laundered money, or having been (according to the knowledge of the U.S. government) a knowing aider, abettor, assister, conspirator, or colluder with money launderers.

These are the straightforward crimes that are mentioned in the immigration law. The statute also lists a number of security violations, such as involvement in espionage, sabotage, terrorism, Nazi persecution, totalitarian parties, and so forth.

Once an illegal immigrant is deported, how long before they can come back to the United States?

If an illegal immigrant has a deportation or removal order in their immigration file, it's possible that they won’t be allowed to enter the U.S. for five, ten, or even 20 years.

The applicable law comes from Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.).

Five-Year Ban: If they were summarily removed or deported upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry because they were found inadmissible, or if they came to the U.S. but were immediately put into removal proceedings and then removed or deported, they may be ineligible to return to the U.S. for five years. The five-year ban also applies if they failed to show up for their removal hearing in the United States.

Ten-Year Ban: If a ‘removal order’ was issued at the conclusion of their removal hearing in Immigration Court, they may not be able to return for ten years after their removal or departure.

Twenty-Year Ban: If they were convicted of an aggravated felony or have received more than one order of removal, they are barred from returning to the U.S. for 20 years. And if they entered without permission after having been removed, or illegally reentered the U.S. after having previously been in the U.S. unlawfully for more than one year, they may be barred from entering the United States for 20 years or permanently.

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This facility, known as "Ramsey County Adult Detention Center" is also known as ICE Detention Facility, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.