Minnesota Correctional Facility - Togo

Minnesota Correctional Facility -Togo is a minimum-security state prison for male inmates who are part of the Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP). It is located in Togo, Minnesota.

The MCF-Togo houses up-to 90 adult male Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) participants. The facility opened in 1955 as "Thistledew Camp" for youth. In 2015, MCF-Togo's mission changed from juveniles to minimum-security adults.

CIP-Togo is a minimum-security boot camp program mandated by the Legislature in 1992 that allows non-violent offenders who qualify to earn early release. 

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 - Togo are as follows:

The first and third Sundays—beginning with the first full weekend of the month—are the designated visiting days for all squads (If the 1st of the month is a Sunday, visiting will be the following Sunday on the 8th).

Visiting hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m.

Red, Brown, and Blue Hats

For offenders at Togo CIP, visiting time limits are determined by hat color.

Red Hat Level offenders are eligible for two one-hour visits per month, after the initial 14 days of Phase I of CIP.

Brown Hat Level offenders are permitted two 2-hour visits per month.

Blue Hat Level offenders are permitted two 3-hour visits per month.

Extended Visits

Red and Brown Hat visitors traveling in excess of 100 miles one-way to MCF-Togo can be approved for extended visits. Requests for extended visits can be handled by the visitation officer at the time of the visitor’s arrival. Extended Red and Brown Hat visits can be up to 3 hours in length. All visitation ends at 12:30 p.m.


Visiting still occurs when a holiday falls on a designated visiting day.

Visiting Applications

All MCF - Togo visiting applications are processed at MCF-Rush City. Applications sent to Togo 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.

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

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

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 - Togo
62741 Co Rd. 551
Togo, MN 55723

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/bmu3PLiRKT4zwqbR6

General Phone Number

​(218) 376-4411

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Minnesota Correctional Facility - Togo
62741 Co Rd. 551
Togo, MN 55723

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.

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.


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 - Togo, 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

Facility work and programming include:

  • MINNCOR Industries firewood bundling for state parks
  • Chemical dependency treatment serving up to 90 offenders
  • Adult Basic Education and GED program
  • Community work crews

CIP-Togo is a minimum-security boot camp program that allows non-violent offenders who qualify to earn early release. Phase 1 is a six-month, intensive program for non-violent drug and property male offenders. 

Programming components include education, critical thinking skills development, chemical dependency programming, rigorous physical exercise, restorative justice work crews, and MINNCOR Industries firewood bundling for state parks. 

Phases 2 and 3 - the supervised release phases - are generally six months in duration and served in the community.

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