Minnesota Correctional Facility - St. Cloud

2305 Minnesota Boulevard S.E.
St. Cloud, MN  56304
Phone 320/240-3000
fax 320/240-3054

Custody Level: Level 4 Close

Collin Gau, Warden

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MCF-St. Cloud serves as the intake facility for the Minnesota Department of Corrections.  After being sentenced by the court, offenders are transported to MCF-St. Cloud to be processed into system and then evaluated.  In the evaluation process the DOC will determine the following:

The proper custody level for the offender

If the offender has any special health concerns, including mental health and evaluation for drug and alcohol abuse

After the evaluation is complete the offender will be sent to the facility that can best meet their custody level and programming needs.  However, In some cases offenders will remain in St. Cloud.

Effective September 1,  JPAY tablets may not be ordered for offenders at the MCF-St. Cloud until the offender has been incarcerated for 90-days from the date of admission.

Notable features:

In addition to standard educational programming, MCF-St. Cloud has a barber school and a masonry program

Originally built in 1889, MCF-St. Cloud is the oldest facility in the DOC system

MCF-St. Cloud has an abandoned granite quarry inside its perimeter. Granite was once quarried by offenders and sold by the state.  Much of original prison structure was constructed with granite and the facility is surrounded by the longest granite wall in the world.

Visiting - St. Cloud

St. Cloud is the Intake Center for the Department of Corrections. Offenders on Intake status may only have two adult visitors on their list.

Hours of Visiting:

General population


Thursday and Friday

3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Visitors must be registered by 8:30 p.m.  The registration/information desk is closed from 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  You may visit 1 or 2 hours during the week. 

Saturday and Sunday:


8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Visitors must be registered by 10:30 a.m. and by 3:00 p.m.  All visits are one hour on the weekends.  There is NO VISITING from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   

Please note: If you register for a visit after 2:30 p.m. on the weekends, the start of your visit could be delayed due to the 3 p.m. facility count when all offender movement stops. This could result in a visit less than one hour in length. 

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday:

No visiting

Holidays (see below):

No visiting


Segregation population

Thursday and Friday

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Registration for segregation visits is from 1:50 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  No visit first 24 hours in segregation.  No visits if on Phase 1, Restrictive, or High level Control status.  All visits are non-contact only.  Advance appointments are required.  Call (320) 240-3000 and ask for information desk (ext. 5504).

Visiting Staff Contact:  
320-240-3000, ext. 5504. Please call during visiting hours.

All St. Cloud visitors must mail their applications to MCF-Rush City Attn: Visiting Unit, 7600 525th Street, Rush City, MN 55069 starting December 1, 2015.

Number of Visitors:  St. Cloud is the Intake Center for the Department of Corrections. Offenders on Intake status may only have two adult visitors on their list.

Directions:  St. Cloud is located 70 miles northwest of the Twin Cities.  Take I-94 west to the Clearwater exit #178.  Go right on Cty. Rd. 24 for about 5 miles to Hwy 10.  Go left on Hwy 10 for about 10 miles.  The granite wall will be visible when approaching St. Cloud.  Take left on Hwy. 301 and follow signs to the visitor parking area. 

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


Attn: visiting Unit