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County Jail


The Kandiyohi County Jail provides for the safe, secure and humane detention of offenders in Kandiyohi County.
To fulfill this responsibility, the Kandiyohi County Jail shall follow the standards established by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Minnesota State Statutes, and the United States Constitution.



We are committed to the following principles

  •  Staff is our greatest resource and we will provide training to accomplish a safe, secure and humane environment.

  • All persons are held accountable for their behavior.

  • The preservation of basic human rights and the dignity of the public, staff and inmates.

  • An atmosphere that encourages positive behavior and the integration of responsible individuals who are returning to our community.

The Kandiyohi County Jail is an integral part of the criminal justice system. We strive to cooperate with other agencies, promote mutual respect, and welcome community involvement. We are a credit to our profession and source of pride to our county.


The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office has video visitation for inmate visits. Family or friends can go to INMATECANTEEN.COM, once they are registered they can request to visit. (An email address and ID number will be required) They can visit from home for .39 per minute, for up to 30 minutes, every 8 hours. They must have a computer or phone with a camera. Or, they can come into the lobby and sign in at one of the stations and visit for free for 30 minutes. Visitors only pay for the number of minutes used (not necessarily the full 30 minutes).The hours for our Video Visitation are as follows:

· Video Visitation will be held daily (Monday – Sunday) including weekends and holidays, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., with the exception of the following times daily: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  No Visits on Friday after 4:30 p.m. in the lobby.

· Each inmate will be allowed 30 minute video visitations

· Extended visitation hours for the Department of Corrections inmates is on Saturdays and Sundays.

All adult visitors (18 years and older) must register with a valid email address and ID number.  Any person on probation must inform their probation officer of any visits.



To drop off money for an inmate, please come to the entrance of the Kandiyohi County Jail and follow into the building. There is a money Kiosk that accepts bills only, no coins can be accepted. This money will be applied to the Inmates account immediately. Money can also be placed on accounts online at


Pay for Stay is a fee that is charged for any “time” that an inmate does in jail once they are SENTENCED. When an inmate returns to the jail to begin their jail time, they will sign a form acknowledging that they understand that there will be a fee or $20.00 per day for every day that they are in jail. There is an option of paying at the end of their jail time at a 20% discount if it is paid in full within seven days of release. After the seven day grace period, it is then turned over to a collection agency.


Offenders that are given the privilege of Huber- Work Release MUST meet with Program Staff prior to starting their jail time. Any inmate that does not report prior to beginning their sentence will be held in until employment and paperwork are verified and completed. You may contact Program Staff at 320-214-6700 X3616 or x3627, Monday through Friday.


Bail may be posted by coming to the front lobby of the jail. Request to speak with the Sergeant on duty, as they will then begin the process of paperwork. Bail must be in the form of cash or money order (no personal checks or credit cards will be accepted). You may also utilize a Bail Bondsman if that is an option of the court order. Bail bonds are located in the telephone book in the yellow pages under Bail Bonds.


Sentenced inmates are released at 9:00 am on his/her outdate. They can be picked up in the front lobby of the jail anytime after 9:00 am. Please note that they may not get out right at that time. Please be patient with our release process.


Professional visits are requested by contacting the Program Staff and requesting to meet with an inmate. All visits will be non-contact unless otherwise approved. By setting up an appointment we can assist you better with a fast and efficient meeting with your client. To contact Program Staff, please call 320-214-6700 x3616, x3632, or x3633. We will work with you on a time to come in to visit your client but we request that you understand that we have necessary lockdowns for formal counts for inmates.


To write to an inmate or send money (money order or cashier's check only)

Follow the example below:

John Doe (Inmate’s name)

2201 23rd ST NE Suite 101
Willmar, MN 56201

NOTE: All inmate mail is screened daily with the exception of legal mail.


We request that you bring as little with you as possible. Body piercing jewelry, earrings, rings, keys, etc. would be better kept at home. If you take any prescription medications we ask that you bring it in a prescription bottle. If you are coming in for Huber or Community Service work while you are in jail, we ask that you follow the informational sheet that is given to you at the time of meeting with Program Staff.


Public Fingerprinting is available daily for a $10.00 per Individual charge between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. with the exception of the following times daily: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. No fingerprinting is done on Fridays after 4:30 p.m. The agency requesting the Fingerprints will supply fingerprint cards.  Please bring a valid ID, and $10 cash, as checks are not accepted.  We do not have change so bring the correct amount. 


We do not accept phone calls for inmates. Only emergency messages will be relayed. To set up pre-payment for telephone calls, you can call the Reliance Telephone company at 800-896-3201, or you can purchase pre-paid phone cards online at or  Inmates may also purchase phone cards through the canteen system. 


Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office - Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office has a zero-tolerance for sexual abuse. The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct.

PREA Overview
The Kandiyohi Sheriff’s Office has a zero tolerance policy toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in our facility, under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) 2003. We will enforce all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to inmate sexual misconduct. All reports will be fully investigated, which includes both allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, by the Kandiyohi County Jail and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office Investigative Division.

Under PREA, we have established uniform methods for prompt reporting and investigation of allegations of sex-related offenses or threats, identification of predators, protection of victims, and prescribing sanctions for substantiated sexual offenses, as well as false allegations. This standard is directed to all sexual acts relating to: inmate to inmate, inmate to staff and staff to inmate.

Inmates who are currently or have been sexually assaulted are encouraged to talk to a staff member. This will allow for the quickest response.

If you suspect that an inmate is the victim of sexual assault/harassment, it can be reported in 1 of the following ways:

  • Contact the Kandiyohi County Jail Administration Office during regular business hours at 320-214-6700 ext. 3670 and you will be directed to someone who can take the information.
  • Call the Kandiyohi County Jail and request to speak with a Shift Supervisor to make a report at 320-214-6700 ext. 3600
  • Call Sexual Assault Advocate at 320-222-4030 with the option to remain anonymous.


Inmate on Inmate Complaint

Sexual Abuse

Sexual Harassment
Unfounded Allegations
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Substantiated Allegations
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Unsubstantiated Allegations
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 Staff on Inmate Complaint  Sexual Abuse  Sexual Harassment
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2018 Kandiyohi Final PREA Audit Report