Sherburne County Jail Services

Sherburne County Jail Services Information

An In-Depth Look at Services Provided by the Sherburne County Jail

The Sherburne County Jail in Elk River, Minnesota is a major regional correctional facility housing over 700 inmates. With a capacity for 732 beds, the jail’s population includes inmates under the jurisdiction of Sherburne County, Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal U.S. Marshal Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other agencies. 

## Introduction

On August 21, 2017, the Sherburne County Jail was awarded national accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA), making it one of just 2 jails in Minnesota and fewer than 3% of the 3,400 local jails nationwide to achieve this prestigious recognition. 

To receive ACA accreditation, a jail must comply with 100% of mandatory standards and at least 90% of non-mandatory standards set by the organization. Out of a total of 383 standards, the Sherburne County Jail was compliant with 100% of mandatory standards and an impressive 96.7% of non-mandatory standards.

ACA standards cover a wide range of jail operations including administration, fiscal management, staff training, inmate records, security, classification, healthcare, food service, programs, and more. Meeting these rigorous standards demonstrates the Sherburne County Jail’s commitment to upholding industry best practices in all aspects of its facility management and inmate services.

This article will provide an in-depth look at key services offered by this nationally accredited jail, including options for communication, medical care, education, religious support, and reentry planning for inmates.

## Auxiliary Services for Inmates

The Sherburne County Jail provides accommodations and aids for inmates with disabilities, including:

- **Interpretation Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Inmates:** The jail supplies interpretation services for deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates. The Jail Program Coordinator can be contacted for more information.

- **Eyeglasses for Inmates:** The jail does not directly accept eyeglasses deliveries. However, inmates can purchase reading glasses through the commissary or obtain free reading glasses by submitting a medical request. Inmates may also schedule an exam and receive prescribed eyewear through the on-site optometrist. 

## Inmate Accounts and Commissary

Each inmate booked into the Sherburne County Jail is assigned a commissary account for purchases of items not supplied by the jail. Friends and family can deposit funds into an inmate's account in one of four ways:

- **Online:** Create an account on to deposit money online for a fee credited to the inmate's account within 15 minutes.

- **Phone:** Call Access Corrections at 1-866-345-1884 to set up an account and process phone deposits for a fee, credited within 15 minutes. 

- **In Person:** Cash, credit or debit deposits can be made at kiosks in the jail lobby or video visitation area for a fee, during specified hours.

- **Mail:** Mail containing cash, checks or money orders is returned. Only online or kiosk deposits accepted.

Commissary purchases allow inmates to buy approved items like snacks, stationery, stamps, and over-the-counter medications. Account balances are confidential to the inmate. Upon release, the account is closed and any remaining balance returned to the inmate via check or debit card.

## Communication Options for Inmates 

The Sherburne County Jail provides various means for inmates to connect with loved ones, attorneys, clergy, and others in the outside world:

### Phone Calls

- The NCIC Inmate Communications system facilitates prepaid calling accounts for inmate phone calls. All calls are billed at per-minute rates detailed below:

Call Type    Inmate Pre-Paid    Pre-Paid Collect
Local    $0.16    $0.16
In-State    $0.16    $0.16
Out-of-State    $0.16    $0.16
Mexico/Canada    $0.25    $0.25
International    $0.35    $0.35

- Friends and family can set up prepaid accounts and receive voice messages online at []( or by calling 1-800-943-2189.

### Video Visitation

- All video visitation requires advance scheduling at [](

- **On-Site Video Visitation:** Free 30-minute on-site video visits can be scheduled once per day. Visitors must provide ID and follow rules of conduct.

- **Remote Video Visitation:** Paid remote visitation is available on any web-enabled device for a fee of $0.27/minute. Inmates get 5 visits per day from 8:30am to 8:50pm daily.

### Mail and Electronic Messages

- The jail provides scanned copies of physical mail meeting guidelines. Prohibited items include cash, nudity, gang references, glitter, etc.

- Inmates may also receive short text messages and photos through NCIC for a per-message fee.

## Programs Offered by the Jail

The Sherburne County Jail offers various rehabilitative and enrichment programs, including:

- **Education:** GED preparation, testing, and diplomas; other adult basic education.

- **Treatment:** Chemical dependency and mental health programming.
- **Religious Services:** Weekly non-denominational services, plus religious counseling.

- **Recreation:** Exercise yards, gymnasium, walking paths, and video games. 

- **Parenting Classes, Life Skills,** and other evidence-based courses supporting positive lifestyles.

## Medical, Mental Health and Dental Care
As required by ACA standards, the Sherburne County Jail provides complete healthcare services to meet inmate needs:

- A physician, nurses, and mental health professionals offer **medical and mental health services**.

- **Dental care** is provided on-site for exams, cleanings, and treatment.

- The jail dispenses **prescription medications** prescribed by facility providers or verified outside prescriptions.

- Inmates can submit **sick call requests** for medical attention.

- All care is provided at predetermined copays or fees charged to inmate accounts.

## PREA Information and Reporting

The Sherburne County Jail maintains a zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse and harassment as mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Jail administration ensures every allegation is investigated administratively or criminally. 

Anyone from the public can report suspicions of inmate sexual abuse or harassment by calling Jail Administration at 800-433-5245 or the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Line at 800-237-5090.

## Professional Visits 

The jail accommodates both in-person professional visits and scheduled video visits:

- **In-Person Professional Visits:** Available daily from 8am to 9:30pm with same-day requests accepted. Visitors can bring approved electronic devices.

- **Video Visitation:** Professionals create an account on []( to schedule and conduct remote video visitation sessions with inmates. 

## Reentry Services

To aid transition back to the community, the Sherburne County Jail provides:

- **Reentry planning** and release coordination by dedicated staff.

- **Community resource guides** covering employment, transportation, housing, and more. 

- Assistance pursuing benefits like Social Security, veterans’ affairs, and Medicaid on release.

## Victim Information and Notification

Crime victims can access the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system for 24/7 automated updates on inmate custody status and release alerts via phone, email or the VINE website. Registration is required to receive notifications.

## Huber Work Release Program

As authorized by the court, sentenced inmates meeting requirements may participate in the Huber work release program up to 60 hours weekly. The structured community custody program allows inmates to maintain employment while serving sentences.

Inmates pay a daily fee along with application costs and mandatory drug testing fees to be released for work daily and returned to the jail nightly. Strict eligibility and conduct rules apply.

## Final Thoughts

From educational opportunities to community reentry planning, the wide range of comprehensive services provided by the Sherburne County Jail exemplify why this facility achieved prestigious ACA national accreditation. Dedicated jail staff coordinate dynamic support programs and services tailored to inmate needs, which can make a lasting positive impact both during incarceration and after release. Maintaining connection through modern communication options also assists inmates in sustaining family ties. The Sherburne County Jail sets a high standard when it comes to responsive, innovative corrections in America today.

## Frequently Aske d Questions
**How deposit money on behalf of a Sherburne County inmate?**
Friends and family can deposit funds into an inmate's commissary account online through, by calling 1-866-345-1884, or at a kiosk located in the jail lobby or video visitation area.

**How big is Sherburne County Jail?** 
With a capacity for 732 beds, the Sherburne County Jail is a major regional correctional facility that houses over 500 federal detainees/inmates on average per day.

**How to leave a message for an inmate at Sherburne County Jail?**
Friends and family can leave a voicemail message for an inmate by calling 800-943-2189 and following the prompts, as long as the inmate has already placed a phone call to that person.

Phone: 763-765-3800

Physical Address:
Sherburne County Jail Services
13880 Business Center Drive
Elk River, MN 55330

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's Full Name & A-Number
Sherburne County Jail Services
13880 Business Center Drive
Elk River, MN 55330

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How Do You Find Someone in the Sherburne County Jail Services?

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, 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 "Sherburne County Jail Services" is also known as ICE Detention Facility, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Sherborne County Facility.