Minnesota Correctional Facility - Faribault

MCF-Faribault is a state prison for male inmates that is located in Faribault, Minnesota. It consists of a medium-security facility and a minimum-security unit located outside the secure perimeter. With a combined population of over 2,000 adult males, MCF-Faribault is the largest facility in the Minnesota DOC system.

This prison opened in 1989 on the 140-acre campus of a former Minnesota state mental hospital. 

Notable Features of MCF-Faribault:

  • MINNCOR Industries, including wood furniture manufacturing, laundry, cleaning products, and subcontract work.
  • A 176-bed treatment unit for alcohol and drug abuse
  • A unit designed to house geriatric and other offenders who are unable to care for themselves in a normal correctional environment
  • The facility was originally a state hospital that was shut down in the 1980’s. In 1989, the Legislature authorized its conversion to correctional use.
  • Educational facilities for GED and adult basic education, and provides education in construction trades such as flooring, drywall, and woodworking. 
  • The 180 bed "New Dimensions" chemical dependency treatment program provides a 6-12 month treatment program for alcohol and other drug dependent offenders. 
  • The minimum security unit, outside of the main prison's medium-security double fence, provides housing and supervision for community work crews.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

All visitors must call (507) 334-0700 or (507) 334-0790 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule a visit. Visiting Hours at Minnesota Correctional Facility - Faribault for general population are as follows:                                                                

Thursday and Friday

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Registration desk is closed from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

No visiting

Holidays (See below)

No visiting

Visiting Staff Contact: 507-334-0700 Please call during visiting hours.

Visiting for Restrictive Housing population:

All restrictive housing visits are non-contact and conducted via video. Duration is one hour.

Saturday and Sunday:

  • 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Call 24 hours in advance to schedule a restrictive housing visit.

Call (507-334-0700 or 507-334-0790) on Thursday - Friday, and weekends during visiting hours.

Non-Contact Visiting Hours:

  • Thursday and Friday: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

K4D Video or Non-Contact Visiting Hours:

K4D Video Visiting:

  • Thursday and Friday: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

K4D Non-Contact Visiting:

  • Thursday and Friday: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Call 24 hours in advance to schedule a K4D/Non-Contact visit.
Call (507-334-0700 or 507-334-0790) on Thursday - Friday, and weekends during visiting hours.

Visiting Staff Contact: 507-334-0700. Please call during visiting hours.

Visiting Regulations: Please read the Inmate Visiting Information prior to visits.
There is no visiting on the following State recognized holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4 (Independence Day)
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving and the following Friday
  • Christmas Day

Visiting Applications

You can find Visiting Privilege Application Forms in English and Spanish by clicking here. You will need to print off the application and mail in the application.

All visiting applications must be sent to :

MCF-Rush City
Attn: Visiting Unit
7600 525th Street
Rush City, MN 55069

DOC facilities will only accept newer visiting application forms. Using old applications causes a delay in the processing time and will result in the application being denied.

If you have questions about the visiting applications, please contact the Rush City Visiting Unit at 320-358-0400.

No information concerning an offender’s visiting list will be given over the phone. Anyone wishing to have information will need to present picture ID at any MCF location.

*Be advised that visiting status cannot be disclosed over the phone.

Applications can take several weeks to process once the application has been received in the visiting unit. Your patience is appreciated.

Visiting Unit office hours are Monday -  Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

General Visiting Rules

There is a limit of four visitors per visiting session with the exception of an additional two children under the age of two. A non-contact visit is limited to two visitors with the exception of an additional child under the age of two. 

Visits are held in the area assigned by the visiting room officer. Visitors and offenders may not choose their seating area. The offender and the visitor(s) must sit across the aisle from each other. You may not exchange seats or move any furniture without the approval of visiting staff. The offender is required to clean the area after the visitor has left the visiting room. 

Intimacy is limited to one brief kiss on the cheek, a hug, and a handshake at arrival and departure. Everyone must sit in such a manner that the officer's view is not blocked. Feet must remain on the floor. Everyone must sit in an upright position with hands in full view. 

Offender’s and visitor's legs/feet may not touch or be intertwined with each other. Once an offender is seated, he/she is not allowed to move from his/her assigned seat (without permission from the visiting room officer) until the visit is terminated. 

Visitors will be notified five minutes prior to the end of the visiting day, at which time all remaining visitors must leave the visiting room promptly. No one may create a disturbance in any of the visiting areas. This includes, but is not limited to, loud and abusive language, loud noises, sexual or disturbing behavior of any kind, which in the judgment of the visiting room staff interferes with other visits. 

No visitor or offender may communicate in any form with other offenders or the other offender’s visitors. Language must be appropriate for a public place. The visiting room staff determine what inappropriate behavior is, and their decision is final.

An offender photographer may be available to take pictures in the visiting room. Everyone is responsible for knowing and abiding by the rules governing photos. These rules are available for review in the visiting room. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the forfeiture of the pictures and/or a disciplinary report. During non-contact visiting status, no photos may be taken. 

The restroom areas are off limits to the offenders and their visitors during the course of the visit. Restrooms are available in the lobby. If the visitor leaves the visiting room for any reason, the visit is considered terminated and the visitor is not allowed to register for another visit that day. 

Visits are limited to one visit with the same offender per visitor per day.

Personal Property Rules in the Visiting Room

Visitors are not allowed to bring any items in or out of the visiting room without staff approval. 

The introduction of contraband to a facility or its grounds is an offense punishable by law. The exchange of any item in the visiting room, without prior approval, may be treated as a smuggling offense. 

Contraband items include, but are not limited to: • Any controlled substance, including tobacco and tobacco related products such as lighters, matches, and cigarette papers • Alcohol or malt beverages • Drugs • Firearms • Weapons and explosives of any kind • Any items that could be used in the commission of a crime • Escape material • Money • Chewing gum and/or any other food/drink products • Cell phones and cameras • All watches • Wearable technology devices including fit bits • Key fobs including key/ fob combined 

Any offender found with contraband during or after the visit will be reviewed for possible sanctions or discipline. An assumption that the contraband was received during the visit is made, and future visits may be restricted.

Dress Code

Conservative clothing is required for all ages. Clothing must cover the upper body to include shoulders, upper and lower back, midriff and cleavage. Visiting staff have the authority to refuse admission to anyone whose attire violates the visiting dress code. 

At the discretion of the visiting staff, the visitor may be allowed to leave the facility in order to change clothing and return for a visit without penalty. This is decided on a case by case basis. 

Additional guidelines include, but are not limited to: 

  • See-through clothing, sheer fabric material, sleeveless clothing, and clothing with holes or lace that would expose any part of skin is prohibited. 
  • Tight or form fitting clothing that is revealing is prohibited. 
  • All pants, jeans or slacks must be worn at waist level. 
  • Undergarments must be worn at all times and must prevent from revealing anatomy. Underwire bras containing metal are not allowed. 
  • All skirts and dresses must cover the knee when seated. 
  • All shorts must cover no less than mid-thigh when seated. 
  • No hooded garments are allowed inside the visiting room. 
  • No hats, scarves, bandanas, or headgear of any kind. Religious headgear must not interfere with verification of identity and is subject to search. 
  • All blazers, suit jackets, and sweaters must be removed and will be searched prior to coming in.
  • No outdoor jackets, vests, or coats (this includes ponchos, shawls and jean jackets). 
  • Footwear must not present a security or safety concern. Boot height must not exceed midcalf. No sunglasses of any kind are allowed. 
  • All clothing must pass metal detection.

Video Visitation

Video visitation is available at all Minnesota DOC facilities. This allows people to visit an offender from any location with a computer that has a camera. To participate in a video visit with an offender, a person must be on the offender's approved visitors list. 

To schedule a video visit with an offender, go to www.Jpay.com. If the visitor has not already done so, he or she will have to establish an account with JPay. Video visits are 30 minutes long and cost $9.95.

Video visitation is a privilege for offenders. Some offenders are not eligible for video visits because of current visiting restrictions or disciplinary status. Each offender should know whether he or she is eligible to receive video visits. It is also a privilege for friends and family that can be suspended for misconduct.

Video visiting scheduling is unique to each facility and each living unit. The JPay website is set up so you can only schedule a visit when the kiosk is available in the offender's living unit. That does not mean, however, that the offender is available. It is best to check with the offender you are visiting to agree upon a time before you schedule.

All video visits are recorded and subject to monitoring. Video visits can be terminated for offender or visitor misconduct and no refund will be given. Offenders and visitors can also lose video visiting privileges if they violate the rules.

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Physical Address

Minnesota Correctional Facility - Faribault
1101 Linden Lane
Faribault, Minnesota 55021-6400

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/9B1uwYsg7qus9uU59

General Phone Number

​(507) 334-0700

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Minnesota Correctional Facility - Faribault
1101 Linden Lane
Faribault, Minnesota 55021-6400

All incoming mail is opened and reviewed by officers for the presence of contraband (i.e. drugs, tobacco, weapons, pornography). Incoming mail must include the offender's commitment or department recognized legal name and Offender Identification (OID) number.

Incoming mail may include: paper with words/drawings; photographs (Polaroid photos must have the backing removed); periodicals and published materials shipped from the publisher; and clippings or photocopies of published materials that meet criteria. 

Signed, commercial greeting cards and postcards are allowed, however cards that play music or have electronically recorded material on them are prohibited.

Incoming mail is limited to 16 ounces per item. A maximum of 20 photographs are allowed per envelope. Polaroid photographs must have the backing removed.


The Minnesota Department of Corrections has an online email system to help communicate with an inmate. The email system uses JPay. To send an email to an offender, please visit JPay to create an account and send letters electronically.

Before you can send an email, you will need the inmate's ID number.


Videograms are 30-second videos that you can record on your computer or smartphone and send to an inmate. The goal of offering this service is to allow offenders to maintain positive community ties with friends and family. Visit www.jpay.com for more information on how you can send videograms.

Videograms are reviewed by JPay employees to ensure they meet MN DOC criteria before they are delivered to the inmate. Click here to view the videogram rules. If your videogram is rejected, you will not receive a refund.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility - Faribault, but they do have access to phones and are allowed to make monitored outgoing calls during approved hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Minnesota, please click here.

How to Send Money

Each facility provides inmates with all of the essential food, clothing, and medical care necessary. However, there may be some personal care items and toiletries that the offender may wish to purchase on their own. Additionally, inmates can buy snacks and items such as TV's, radios, and hot pots at the facility canteen.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections uses JPAY and MoneyGram for inmate money services. 

How to send money:

  • JPAY Website
  • MoneyGram locations (including CVS and Walmart). Receive Code is 1279.
  • Money Orders and cashier's checks mailed to the lockbox - no charge, however must be mailed with a money order deposit form. Payable to Jpay: PO Box 246450, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
  • Click the links below to download the money order deposit form.

Programs For Inmates

Work Assignments/Programming at MCF-Faribault:

New Dimensions Chemical Dependency Program: In addition to primary treatment groups and activities, additional programming includes but is not limited to Effectiveness Skills, Domestic Violence, Health Realization/Mindfulness, Abused Boys Wounded Men, Parenting in Recovery, Lifeblood and Release and Reintegration.

General Education: Basic Adult Education, English as a Second Language, GED Preparation; leader for MN Standard Adult Diploma program.

Career/Technical: Computer Literacy, Microsoft Office Specialist, A+ Computer Maintenance, Small Business Management, Mechanical Drafting, Carpentry, Cabinetmaking, Advanced Cabinetmaking, Drywall Installation and Repair, Floorcovering, Heavy Equipment, Manufacturing Skills.

Supplemental Educational Programming: Career & Employability Skills, Forklift Training, MN Prison Writers Workshop, Reading is Fundamental.

Life Skills Education: Parenting Education

Cognitive Skills: Thinking for a Change

Higher Education: College Transfer Coursework, College Preparation Coursework, and Accuplacer Testing, Full time AA program, Mechatronics, College Correspondence Courses

Transitions Pre-Release Programming: Pre-release class, Employment Seminars, Budgeting and Finance Seminars, Drivers testing.

MINNCOR: Industry Diversified, Industry Woodshop, Industry Laundry, Chemical Bottling, and Sub-Contract Partnerships. 

Volunteer Programming: 400+ volunteers offering optional programming, including but not limited to, religious services, Alcoholic Anonymous, Alternatives to Violence

Behavioral Health Services: Services include assessment, individual and group therapy, and crisis intervention.  Group therapy includes Anger Management, Adapt and Overcome, Emotional Intensity Disorder (EIM), Adjustment, Transitional Services Program, Supportive Living Services, Linden Support, Sleep and Anxiety, and Release and Reintegration, which are primarily available via a referral process.  

Miscellaneous:  Apiary (bee) program, Restorative Justice, Long Term Offender Group, Bereavement and Loss, Prison Fellowship, Special Engineers/Boilers Operational Licensure Program, Safe Serve.

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