Minnesota Correctional Facility - Lino Lakes

7525 Fourth Avenue
Lino Lakes, Minnesota  55014
phone 651/717-6100
fax 651/717-6105

Custody Level: Level 2 Minimum, Level 3 Medium

Vicki Janssen, Warden

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MCF-Lino Lakes consists of medium-security and a minimum-security unit located outside the perimeter with a population of 1,300 adult males.  This facility has the highest concentration of educational and treatment programs.  In many cases offenders serve the final phase of their sentence at MCF-Lino Lakes so they can obtain the services they need to prepare for release.

Notable features include:

Chemical dependency programming is provided in TRIAD, a 380-bed therapeutic community.

Lino Lakes is also the site of the department's Sex Offender Treatment Program, which can house 270 offenders. Research suggests that participants in the program committ new offenses at a significantly lower rate than untreated offenders.

Lino Lakes is also the site of the InnerChange Freedom Initiative, a faith-based program funded and operated by Prison Fellowship through a partnership with the corrections department.

The facility opened in 1963, originally served as a juvenile facility. In 1978, the institution was remodeled and converted to an adult facility.

Visiting - Lino Lakes

Offenders are allowed 24 visiting hours per month.  There is no visiting on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or State holidays.  One or two hour visits are available on weekdays.  All weekend visits and non-contact visits are one hour in length. Registration ends one f hour before the end of the visiting day.  Visits may consist of up to four people (children under the age of 2 and under will not count toward this number).

Hours of Visiting:

General population

Thursday and Friday

11:45 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Registration is closed from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  Registration closes at 8:00 p.m. 

Saturday and Sunday

8:4a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Registration is closed from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. 

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

No visiting 

Holidays (see below)

No visiting

Note:  Registration will begin at 4:45 p.m., Thursday and Friday, for offenders in treatment programs.Offenders who reside in the West, South C, and South D living units will only be allowed visits from 11:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. Visitors must be registered by 5:30 p.m.


Segregation population

Saturday and Sunday

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or 

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. or

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Note:  All segregation visits are non-contact.Call (651) 717-6100 x436 on Thursday or Friday to schedule a segregation visit for the weekend.


Minimum Security

Mayo Visiting Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.



6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sibley Visiting Hours:

Wednesday and Friday

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visiting Staff Contact:  Information recording available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (651) 717-6100 ext 437. All other calls, please limit to visiting hours only.  Information regarding the status of applications will not be provided over the telephone.

All Lino Lakes visitors must mail their applications to MCF-Rush City 7600 525th Street, Rush City, MN 55069 as of January 2015.

Directions:  We are located approximately 15 miles north of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  Take interstate 35W north to exit #36 (County 23).  Make a left going over the bridge.  Take a left on Apollo Drive.  At the four way stop – turn right onto Lilac.  Go past 4th Avenue and take the first left turn.  This will bring you onto the Institution grounds.  Follow the signs for parking and the visiting entrance.  

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
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving and the following Friday
  • Christmas Day