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.

Visiting Hours

Inmates will visit with friends and family from a video visitation terminal in their housing unit. Friends and family will visit from a similar visitation terminal in the public visitation room located in the administration lobby of the Sheriff's office. These visits are referred to as onsite or public visitations. The new system will allow visitors to still come to the jail for visitation and it will now also allow friends and family to conduct a remote or at-home visit from home using smartphone/tablet or a computer with webcam and high speed internet connection.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • How often can I visit inmates?
         Each inmate is allowed one thirty minute visit from friends or family members daily every 8 hours.
  • Do I need  to come at a certain time to see my inmate?
         Friends and family can visit with inmates during any time visitation is allowed. Public visitation hours are: 
    • Monday 8:30-11:00 am  |  12:30-1:45 pm  |  2:15-4:00  pm I 6:30 – 9:00 pm
    • Tuesday 8:30-11:00 am  |  12:30-1:45 pm  |  2:15-4:00  pm I 6:30 – 9:00 pm
    • Wednesday 8:30-11:00 am  |  12:30-1:45 pm  |  2:15-4:00  pm I 6:30 – 9:00 pm
    • Thursday 8:30-11:00 am  |  12:30-1:45 pm  |  2:15-4:00  pm I 6:30 – 9:00 pm
    • Friday 8:30-11:00 am  |  12:30-4:00  pm
    • Friday 6:30 – 9:00  (web visitation only
  • Do I need to schedule my visit or can I just show up?
    You will need to register at the website This can also be done in our lobby. You will then create a   free user account (if you don't already have one). You may then log in and request a visit.
  • Is there a charge for video visitation?
    • Each inmate will receive one free onsite visit every 8 hours.
    • Inmates can receive remote/at-home visits. At-home visits cost $ .39 per minute, paying for only the number of minutes used.
  • What do I  need to do to visit from home? 
    You can conduct visits using an Apple or Android phone or tablet. You can also use a computer with high speed  internet access and a webcam.
         You will need to do the following:
    1. Create a visitation account at
    2. Request access to visit Kandiyohi County Jail. Then select the inmate you wish to  visit.
  • Visitation Rules (applies to facility visits and remote web visits)

Upon entry to the institution for visitation, all personal property (cell phones, purses, diaper bags, etc.) must be secured in your vehicle.  Any visitation misconduct will lead to loss of visiting  privileges.  All visitors must be fully clothed.  Any attire that exposes the body to the degree that it violates appropriate dress for a public facility will not be permitted.  The visitation monitoring staff will determine what appropriate visiting dress is.  The staff’s decision is final.  Visitors who are refused will have the opportunity to leave the facility in order to change clothing and return for a visit without penalty.  Additional guidelines include, but are not limited to:
a)           All visitors must wear undergarments

 b)           No spandex/lycra, leggings, or other form fitting clothing

 c)           All shorts, skirts, dresses, or slits in skirts/dresses must be mid-thigh or longer when seated

d)            No low-cut or v-cut, scoop necklines, or other tops with allow cleavage to show

e)            No halter tops, croptops, tank tops, tops with cut-out backs, or tops with large armholes whichreveal undergarments

f)             No sheer or see-through clothing

  • Is there anything else I should know?
         Here is some other helpful information:
    1. There will be NO age restriction for visitation. However, ALL visitors 17 years of age and under must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian during all visits. Proof of this may be requested before or during any visitation. (Proof needed will be a Birth Certificate for parents or court papers for legal guardians)
    2. Identification ID will be required for ALL visitors. Acceptable forms of ID will be, but not limited to, Driver's License, State ID cards, School ID, and Military ID. Other forms of photo ID may be accepted if valid.
    3. Children not allowed to visit may not be left unattended in the lobby.
    4. Any visitor who is currently on probation, must get permission from their probation officer to visit.
    5. If you have any questions about visiting from home, visit for further information.


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,the full amount is due and will be 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

 5  5

Unsubstantiated Allegations

 0  1

Substantiated Allegations

 0  0
 Staff on Inmate Complaint  Sexual Abuse  Sexual Harassment
 Unfounded Allegations  0  3
 Unsubstantiated Allegations  0  1
 Substantiated Allegations  0  0


2016 Kandiyohi Final PREA Audit Report