Minnesota Correctional Facility - Shakopee

Minnesota Correctional Facility -Shakopee is a mixed-security state prison for female inmates that is located in Shakopee, Minnesota. This is the only prison in Minnesota that houses female inmates, and it has a capacity of 600.

Since 1920, Minnesota has housed all of its female inmates at a facility in Shakopee. In 1986, inmates were transferred from the old "women's reformatory" building to a modern correctional facility.

MCF - SHK features ten buildings, including six housing units for the general population, the chemical dependency treatment unit, the parenting & education unit, a mental health unit, and a segregation unit. There is also an industries building, as well as an administration building.

For more information about what to expect when your loved one is incarcerated in a Minnesota Correctional Facility, you can click here for the 15-page handbook.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at the Minnesota Correctional Facility - Shakopee are as follows:

General population

(Restrictive Housing by appointment only - 24 hours in advance)

Wednesday thru Friday                       4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (must register by 7:30 p.m.)

Saturday and Sunday                          8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (must register by 1:45 p.m.)

Monday and Tuesday                         No visiting

Holidays                                              No visiting

MCF-Shakopee CIP Visiting takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Registration for visiting is from 2:30 - 2:50 p.m.

  • 3 - 4 p.m. Red and Brown Hat Offenders (1 hour visits)
  • 4 - 5 p.m. Blue Hat Offenders (2 hour visits)

You can contact the visiting staff to ask questions or to schedule a visit by calling 952-496-4440 during visiting hours.

Visiting Applications

All MCF - Shakopee visiting applications are processed at MCF-Rush City. Applications sent to Shakopee will cause a delay in processing time. You can find Visiting 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

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

General Visiting Rules

The only items you are allowed to carry with you during a visit are a locker key and your photo ID. Lockers can be used to secure your personal items. All watches, fit bits, wearable technology, etc. must be placed into a locker or left in your vehicle.

Visitors with children under the age of two are allowed specific items. They are:

One pacifier, one clear non-tinted bottle or clear spill proof cup, one one-ply receiving blanket, two diapers, and wet wipes.

Dress Code

Conservative clothing is required for all ages. Clothing must cover the upper body, including the 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. 

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. To participate in a video visit with an offender, you must be on their approved visitors list. 

To schedule a video visit with an inmate, go to www.Jpay.com. You must have an account with JPay, and video visits are 30 minutes long and cost $9.95.

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.

All video visits are recorded and subject to monitoring. 

Joining a video visitation
Scheduling a video visitation
Testing a webcam for a video visitation
Troubleshooting video visitations
Video visitation FAQs
Video Visitation Rules

Physical Address

Minnesota Correctional Facility - Shakopee
1010 West Sixth Avenue
Shakopee, Minnesota 55379

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/rna4GunCubLYBhtJ9

General Phone Number

​(952) 496-4440

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Minnesota Correctional Facility - Shakopee
1010 West Sixth Avenue
Shakopee, Minnesota 55379

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 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.


To send an email to an inmate, 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 and send to an inmate. Visit www.jpay.com for more information on how you can send videograms.

Videograms are reviewed to make sure 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 - Shakopee, 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

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

MCF-Shakopee offers a variety of evidence-based programming that is both gender-responsive and trauma informed. This programming includes cognitive behavioral interventions such as Moving On, Beyond Trauma, and Beyond Violence. 

It also includes chemical dependency and mental health treatment. Inmates have access to a variety of academic and vocational educational opportunities. MCF - Shakopee offers adult basic education (ABE) programs to enable offenders to complete a GED or high school diploma to improve their literacy skills. If an offender does not have a verified high school or GED diploma when they begin their incarceration they will be required to obtain one. 

The comprehensive educational programming includes literacy, general education development (GED) and high school diploma, special education, transition to post-secondary and career, postsecondary, life skills, and other programs designed to prepare offenders for successful reentry into society. 

Other programs provided include parenting programs, restorative justice programs, offender transition circle programs, offender canine training programs, family healing programs, recreation programming, and conflict resolution and mentoring programming. 

MINNCOR Industries provides work opportunities for inmates. Other inmates may also be employed on facility maintenance crews, food service, or other programs throughout the facility. 

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