Inmate Information

Mail

When sending mail, send it to the individual in care of the facility in which they reside:

Maximum Security:
(Inmate's Name)
PO Box 702
Detroit Lakes, MN 56502
Minimum Security:
(Inmate's Name)
640 Randolph Rd
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

The Becker County Jail does not accept stamps*, envelopes*, paper*, books, magazines or packages of any kind to be brought in from the outside for an inmate. As always, inmates will be able to purchase them* on the canteen. Should any of these items be sent or brought in, they will be refused or placed in the inmate's property.

All incoming mail for inmates must be processed and delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. This includes any correspondence/bills, photos and drawings. Exclusions are legal and in-house agency mail.

Mail will be delivered as soon as inspected.

There is no limit on the volume of lawful letters an inmate may receive. Unlawful mail, however, will be placed in the inmate's locker. This includes, but is not limited to, mail that which is libelous, obscene or contains contraband. Drawings on the envelopes are not allowed.

All incoming non-legal mail will be opened by Jail staff and inspected for contraband and money. Money will be placed in the inmate's account.

Incoming legal mail may be opened and inspected in front of the receiving inmate but will not be read or censored.

Mail addressed to an inmate who has been transferred or released shall be forwarded to the address provided by the inmate or returned to sender.

PHOTOGRAPHS: Must be standard size. Polaroids and oversized photos are not allowed and will be placed into the inmate's property. If an inmate receives an excessive amount of photos during their incarceration, the inmate may choose which ones to keep and the excess will be placed into the inmate's property and must remain there until the inmate's release.

MONEY: When sending money to an inmate, a cashier's check or money order is allowed. Do not send cash in the mail and personal checks are not accepted. You may also leave cash, cashier's check or money order for an inmate with the Corrections Officer during visiting, or any other time to be left at the dispatch area in the Sheriff's office. Note: All money dropped off for an inmate will be used for any fees that the inmate owes prior to being available for Commissary items and phone cards.

Phones

Inmates are allowed general phone access from the hours of 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM. No social incoming calls or messages to inmates will be accepted. There is voice mail set up within the phone system for inmates to use and check messages. Messages may be left for them at these numbers:

Maximum Security:
218-847-9914

Dial 9, wait for second dial tone. Dial 0 plus area code & number. After instructed to say your name; speak your name clearly into the telephone.
Minimum Security:
218-847-9801

Dial 9, wait for second dial tone. Dial 0 plus area code & number. After instructed to say your name; speak your name clearly into the telephone.

Inmates may purchase $10.00 phone card(s) at the time of booking, or by ordering at the suppertime medication delivery. Phone cards may also be purchased by family & friends by going on-line to reliancetelephone.com. After the purchase, call the Jail where the person you bought it for resides and give the Correctional Officer the 'pin' number which will be given to the inmate. Do not leave the 'pin' number on the message line.

For questions regarding costs, bills, telephone number blocks or inability to receive calls; call Reliance Phone Company at 800-896-3201.

Visitation

Non-contact visits with family and friends are a privilege. All visitors must have a valid state picture ID and show it prior to being let upstairs. No exceptions.

Only pre-approved adults and children accompanied by a pre-approved adult may visit, with a limit of three adult visitors per inmate. Inmates may change their visitor's list on the 1st Monday of each month they are incarcerated. Inmates assigned to disciplinary segregation are not eligible for social visits. Only an inmate's juvenile children and/or siblings will be allowed to visit and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian as one of the visitors. No other juveniles will be allowed to visit. Ordained clergy, with current credentials, will not have to be on an inmate's visiting list, but will adhere to the regular visitation schedule.

All social visits shall be a minimum duration of 20 minutes, unless the number of persons attempting to visit exceeds the facility's ability to meet this requirement, or the inmate's (or visitors) behavior dictates a need to terminate a visit earlier. All visits will be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes. No exceptions!

Rules of appropriate conduct apply to visitors as well as inmates during visits.

Visitors are not allowed to bring tobacco, cell phones, purses, packages, food or beverages upstairs. Anyone caught using a cell phone or attempting to smuggle tobacco or other prohibited materials into the jail during visiting will be asked to leave and will be banned from visiting for a period of six months for the first offense. A second offense will result in a lifetime ban from visiting at either of the Becker County Jails.

BECKER COUNTY JAIL MANDATORY DRESS CODE

All visitors at the Becker County Jail must wear proper attire at all times!

Dispatchers and Corrections Officers have the right to deny visits based on inappropriate attire.

No cut-off shorts - shorts must cover to mid-thigh. No tube tops, bikini tops, tank tops or bustiers! Shirts will be worn – covering the neck and chest area. Shirts must have sleeves – long or short & shoulders must be covered.

During visits, visitors are to remain fully clothed at all times!

Dispatchers and Corrections Officers have the right to deny visits if it is suspected that the visitor is under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and they will be asked to leave the building.

Becker County Jail reserves the right to cancel visiting during heavy volume times throughout the year.

Maximum Security Jail Visiting Schedule
Males Wednesday 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Saturday 8:30am - 11:30am
Sundays & Holidays 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Females Tuesday & Thursday 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Sundays & Holidays 8:30am - 11:30am
Minimum Security Jail Visiting Schedule
Tuesdays, Saturdays & Holidays 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Professional visitors are not restricted to the social visiting schedule; and may include but are not limited to Attorney of Record, Probation/Parole Officers, Agents from the Division of Family Services, Law Enforcement Personnel, and Mental Health Professionals. All professional visitors must have approved agency identification. Inmates may receive professional visits in addition to social visits unless one or more of those individuals are also family members, or friends.

Commissary

The commissary is a privilege which contains food items, hygiene products, and writing materials. Indigents are allowed basic hygiene and outside contact materials; which are debited to their account should they receive funds.

There is a canteen for the inmates on Monday & Thursday afternoons. Money for inmates must be received by 2:00 PM on the day of canteen.

Property

Inmates are not allowed to wear any jewelry (including watches) while incarcerated except a wedding band. Clothing being dropped off for inmate must have prior administrative approval. The best rule is to not bring anything to the jail. Inmate property left behind or to be picked up must be done within 30 days. After that, it will be disposed of.

Programs

Philosophy: The basic philosophy of the Becker County Jail Program Coordinator is to develop and schedule programs and services that benefit both inmates and jail staff.

The programs and services are run by volunteers or program staff. Volunteers provide an important service and fill a tremendous void for incarcerated inmates. Volunteers often provide a level of commitment and dedication that is insurmountable. It is also hoped that the available program options will provide support and guidance to those inmates possessing a sincere desire to make a change in their lives.

It is a goal of this office to add to the safety and security of the Becker County Jail and to the community.

Volunteers are recruited from community organizations, schools, churches and civic groups throughout the local area.

The Becker county Jail offers a variety of diverse programs and services developed to promote and reinforce positive lifestyle changes. Participation in programs and services offered by the Division of Corrections is voluntary; however, inmates are encouraged to actively participate.

Court Authorized, Jail Approved Programs:

Work Release: This program gives inmates the opportunity to maintain their current employment or obtain employment while incarcerated. The inmates must pay the County a set fee per day to have that privilege.

STS (Sentencing to Service): This program utilizes minimum security inmates to provide services throughout the county and in its jails. The inmates receive a set amount per hour they work that is applied directly to any fines they have on file. A fee is charged to all agencies requesting assistance from the STS program.

For additional information on the Inmate Programs and Services or to become an approved volunteer program facilitator, please contact the Jail Program Coordinator.