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Detention Services
• Correctional Deputies have control of inmates 24 hours per day
• Upon arrival inmates are searched, booked, fingerprinted, photographed, showered, and are issued jail uniforms, bedding and hygiene products
• Dakota County Jail is a new generation (direct supervision) jail
• Housing units are staffed 24 hours a day by correctional deputies who coordinate all of the activities in a particular unit
• Dakota County booked 3,218 inmates in custody in 1983 (Avg. population 55.96/day)
• Dakota County booked 6,689 inmates in custody in 1995 (Avg. population 130.34/day)
• Dakota County booked 13,699 inmates in custody in 2005 (Avg. population 301.18/day)
• 2007 was a record year, where we held 305 inmates in custody per day


• How do I send mail to an inmate?

    To send mail to inmates, please use the following address:

    Inmate Name
    Dakota County Law Enforcement Center
    P.O. Box 247J
    Hastings, MN 55033

• Letters, photos, greeting cards

All items under this section that are received will be "returned to sender"
• Perfume-scented and/or lipstick kisses/marks on mail
• Any inappropriate photos (sexual or gang-related)
• Cards that have a musical insert, that are decorated, or that have glue, glitter, or stickers
• Postage stamps, envelopes, and blank paper must be purchased in the facility and are not allowed to be sent in
• Any photocopied books, newspapers, magazines, or printouts from the internet
• Printed material such as newspapers, books, and magazines
• Any letters with stickers, glue and/or glitter
• Inmates' personal bills and mail received at their home may not be forwarded, sent in, or dropped off
• Cash, personal checks, and payroll checks should not be mailed to the inmates
• Business cards or brochures of any kind


Inmate Mail:

Inmate Name
P.O. Box 247J
Hastings, MN 55033




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