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Kandiyohi County Jail

The Kandiyohi County Jail, which is run by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department, is the local jail facility for Kandiyohi County, Minnesota.  The facility has been designed to safely, securely, and humanely detain both male and female offenders located in Kandiyohi County.  While the jail made news in January of 2018 because of an inmate that died while in custody at the facility, it is generally considered an unremarkable jail that is very typical of temporary detention facilities located throughout the United States.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, led by Sheriff Daniel Hartog and Chief Deputy Greg Stehn, is responsible for overseeing the Kandiyohi County Jail.  They oversee the jail and expect it to adhere to some basic principles.  They believe that staff is their greatest resource as a correctional facility; therefore, they use training to accomplish the safest, most secure, and most humane environment possible.  The staff is charged with preserving basic human rights and the dignity of the public, staff, and inmates.  They are supposed to create an atmosphere that encourages inmates to engage in positive behavior and be accountable for their own behavior, with the goal of making reintegration into society a possibility.

One of the ways that offenders at the Kandiyohi County Jail are groomed for rehabilitation is through participation in the Huber Work Release Program.  Offenders who are given the privilege of participating in the Huber-Work Release Program have to meet with Program Staff before beginning their jail time.  If an inmate fails to report prior to beginning their sentence, then they will be unable to begin participation in the Huber-Work Release Program, then they will be held in the facility and not allowed to participate in work release until their employment and paperwork are verified. 

The Kandiyohi County Jail is what is known as a “pay for stay” facility.  This means that inmates are actually required to pay the facility for any time that they serve in the facility after being sentenced for a crime.  Inmates who are held in the facility prior to conviction do not have to “pay for stay.”  Once an inmate returns to jail to serve any sentenced jail time, they are required to sign a form that acknowledges that they understand that it is a “pay for stay” facility.  The fee for the facility is $20.00 per day for every day that they are in jail.  Inmates may pay this full amount at the end of their jail term.  Inmates who pay in full within seven days of release are eligible for a 20% discount on those payments.  Inmates who fail to pay the full amount within the seven-day grace period are turned over to a collections agency.  However, deposits on inmate accounts are not taken for payment of these charges while an inmate is incarcerated, which differs from some correctional facilities.

The jail facility also holds public fingerprinting.  Public fingerprinting is available every day from 9:00am to 9:00pm except for the following times: 11:00am to 12:30pm; and 4:30pm to 6:30pm.  On Fridays, no fingerprinting is done after 4:30pm.  The cost for fingerprinting is $10 per individual.  The agency requesting fingerprints needs to supply fingerprint cards.  Those seeking fingerprints need to bring $10 in cash and a valid photo ID.

Kandiyohi County Jail Addresses

Physical Address

Kandiyohi County Jail
400 Benson Ave SW
Willmar, MN 56201

Mailing Address

Kandiyohi County Jail
2201 23rd St. NE Suite 101
Willmar, MN 56201

Inmate Mailing Address

Inmate Full Name
Kandiyohi County Jail
2201 23rd St NE Suite 101
Willmar, MN 56201

All inmate mail, except for legal mail, will be opened and screened prior to delivery.

The Kandiyohi County Jail does not list jail mail regulations.  However, there are some jail rules that apply across facilities.  Incoming mail generally needs to include a full return address, including the sender’s full name and mailing address.  In addition, incoming mail should be from the person listed on the return address and should not be sent through third parties.  Inmate mail should not contain any contraband, which includes: lipsticks, perfumes, bodily fluids, stickers, weapons, items that can be used as weapons, sexually explicit material, escape plans, drugs, and medications.

When inmates report to jail, they are asked to bring as little with them as possible.  Body piercing jewelry, earrings, rings, and keys should be left at home, because inmates will not be permitted to keep them on their persons while in the facility.  If inmates are on prescription medications, they may bring them with them when they enter the facility.  These prescription medications must be in their original prescription bottles.

Jail Phone Numbers

The Kandiyohi County Jail Sheriff’s Office’s phone number is 320-235-1260.  The Sheriff’s Office fax number is 320-231-6235.  Jail administration number is 320-214-6700 ext. 3670.  To reach the sexual assault advocate for the Kandiyohi County Jail, you can contact them at 320-222-4030.

Kandiyohi County Jail Roster

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office maintains a roster for those inmates in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail.  The roster is an alphabetical list of all inmates in the Kandiyohi County Jail.  It provides a full view of the following information for each incarcerated person: inmate’s first and last name; inmate mugshot/booking photo; MNI; sex; age; booking number; intake date; intake time; the charges against the defendant; the amount of bail/bond set for the inmate; and the amount of bail/bond paid for the inmate.

The Kandiyohi County Jail does not maintain a recent arrests or bookings list. While those inmates are listed alphabetically, their booking dates are included in the records.  By looking at booking dates, it is possible to compile a recent arrests/bookings lists from the material provided by the jail.


The Kandiyohi County Jail does not provide a specific database for searching mugshots.  However, mugshots/booking photos are contained with each inmate record in the inmate roster.

Jail Visitation

The Kandiyohi County Jail has a liberal visitation policy and hopes to encourage relationships between their inmates and their friends and family members on the outside.  The Kandiyohi County Jail has a video visitation system.  Video visitation differs from in-person visitation in a number of ways.  These visits may be at the jail facility or done remotely.

To sign up for visits, go to  Once you have registered at the Inmate Canteen system, then you visit in two ways.  The first way is remote visitation.  For remote visits, there is a charge for the visit.  You may visit from home for up to 30 minutes every 8 hours.  The charges for the visit are .39 minutes per visit.  To do remote visits, you must have a computer or phone with a camera.

For lobby visitations, visitors may come into the lobby at the jail and sign in for one of the stations.  These lobby visitations are free of charge for the first 30 minutes.  Lobby video visitation hours are Monday through Sunday, from 9:00am to 9:00pm.  There are no lobby visits on Friday after 4:30pm.  In addition, visits are prohibited during the following time periods: 11:00am-12:20pm; 2:15pm-2:45pm; 4:30pm-6:30pm.

The following are the general rules for visitation: video visitations are 20 minutes; Department of Corrections inmates have extended visitation on Saturdays and Sundays; all visitors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; and all adult visitors must register with a valid email address and ID number.  While people on probation may be permitted to visit, they must inform their probation officer of any visits.

For professional visits, such as visits by attorney or probation, you must contact the Program Staff and request to meet with an inmate.  These visits will be non-contact, but may be in a different format than video visitation.  The Program Staff also have the discretion to approve contact visits for professional visits.  Although attorneys may be permitted to visit without making an appointment, setting up an appointment helps the jail ensure a faster, more efficient meeting with an inmate.  Attorneys can contact the jail at 320-214-6700 ext. 3632, ext. 3616, or ext. 3633 to schedule visits.  While the Kandiyohi County Jail will make all reasonable accommodations for attorney visits, lockdowns for formal counts or to help ensure the safety of the jail can result in delays for jail visits.

Inmate Phone Privileges

In line with the policies at most correctional facilities, the Kandiyohi County Jail does not accept inmate phone calls.  There is no incoming number for inmate phone calls and inmates cannot generally receive incoming messages.  The Kandiyohi County Jail will relay messages to inmates in emergency conditions, but you may need to prove that a true emergency exists.  Even when an emergency exists, the jail staff may choose to relay the message, but you will not be permitted to speak directly to the inmate at the time you call in with an emergency.

In order to get phone calls from inmates, you can set up a pre-payment plan.  The Kandiyohi County Jail uses Reliance Telephone for its inmate telephone services.  You can call Reliance Telephone Company at 800-896-3201 to set up a prepaid phone call.  You can also purchase pre-paid phone cards for inmates at or  Inmates may also purchase their own phone calls using the inmate canteen service.

Inmate Trust Accounts / Commissary

Inmate trust accounts, also known as commissary accounts, are specific accounts maintained by the jail and designated for inmate use.  Inmates are not permitted to use these accounts for everything.  Instead, inmate trust accounts are designated for use in the jail facility.  The jail has a commissary system, which may also be referred to as canteen.  Commissary provides inmates a way to purchase things that are not available for free through the jail.  Items available through commissary vary, but usually include items like acceptable clothing, entertainment items, hygiene items, snack foods, and sodas.

To put money in an inmate’s commissary account, you can choose from several options.  You may drop off money in person by coming to the entrance of the Kandiyohi County Jail and using the lobby Kiosk.  The lobby Kiosk accepts cash, but only in bill form; no coins are accepted.  Cash deposits made in the lobby kiosk must be applied to the inmate’s account immediately.  In addition, you can go online to to make online deposits to an inmate’s account.  There is a fee for using commissary account deposit services.

While the Kandiyohi County Jail is a pay-to-stay facility, it does not operate in the same way as other pay-to-stay facilities and inmates are not required to use their trust fund/commissary account deposits to pay their daily fees or a portion of their daily fees prior to making commissary purchases.  They are, however, permitted to use their trust accounts to make these payments.  While not required, it may be a good idea for inmates to make payments on those daily fees because the daily fees go to collections is not paid in fully by only seven days after an inmate is released.

Bail Information

You can visit the Kandiyohi County Jail Roster to find out inmate bail information.  Each inmate record will indicate whether or not bail has been recommended, and, if so, the amount of bail for the inmate.

Bail may be posted in the jail’s front lobby.  The first way to pay bail is by paying the full amount of the bail.  This is known as cash bail. To pay bail, you should ask to speak with the Sergeant on duty.  The Sergeant begins to process paperwork.  Bail must be in the form of cash or money order.  No personal checks of credit cards will be accepted.

Of course, you may not have the full amount of bail set for an inmate.  In those instances, you may want to secure the services of a bail bondsman.  Not all bail is payable by a bondsman; you must look at the specific bail order to determine whether using a bondsman is a possibility. The Kandiyohi County Jail cannot recommend a particular bail bondsman. You can find a bail bondsman by looking in the local telephone book and searching under Bail Bonds.

There is a processing time for inmates who are being released on jail. It may take a few hours after an inmate’s bail process is begun for an inmate to be released.  Inmates released on bail are not released according to the inmate release times.  Sentenced inmates are usually released at 9am on their release date.  Inmates may be picked up in the front jail of the lobby any time after 9:00 am on the inmate’s release date.


The local jail facility in Kandiyohi County Minnesota, which is responsible for the pretrial detention and post-sentencing holding of convicted inmates sentenced to short jail terms, is the Kandiyohi County Jail.  The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department, which is run by Sheriff Daniel Hartog, is responsible for running the Kandiyohi County Jail.

The Kandiyohi County Jail has two main goals.  The first of those goals is the safe, secure, and humane detention of inmates at the facility, with an emphasis on guard safety.  The second of those goals is helping rehabilitate inmates to make their transition back into society easier.  One of the ways that they accomplish this goal is by participating in Minnesota’s Huber Work Release Program. The Huber Work Release Program allows inmates to continue to participate in their normal work lives while serving out the terms of their incarceration.  This is an important step in keeping inmates as active and productive members of society, as post-release unemployment provides a tremendous barrier to re-entering society and may actually incentivize criminal behavior.  Inmates must pre-qualify for this program, and, if they fail to turn in the necessary paperwork, may be prevented from participating until they can get their employment status and other paperwork verified.

The Kandiyohi County jail is a pay-to-stay facility, which means that convicted inmates are responsible for a $20 per day fee for staying at the facility.  Inmates can pay this fee while incarcerated or in bulk within seven days of release.  After seven days post-release, any amount that is unpaid goes into collections.

Kandiyohi County Jail Data & Statistics:

Average Daily Population 166
Total Confined 183
Total Confined Males Aged 18+ 163
Total Confined Females Aged 18+ 20
Full-Time Prison Employees 57
Total Salaries for Full/Part Time Employees $2,795,300.00
Number of Inmates on Work Assignment 2
*statistical information was retrieved from latest available copy of prison data provided by census bureau

Warden or Supervisor: Sheriff Daniel Hartog Daily Inmate Count: 150 Total Capacity: 190 Security Level(s): minimum to medium

2201 23rd Street Northeast Suite 101
Wilmar, MN 56201

Phone Number(s): 320-214-6700

2201 23rd Street Northeast Suite 101
Wilmar, MN 56201

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