Anoka County Jail

The Anoka County Jail, situated in Anoka, Minnesota, is a County Jail facility operating at a Medium security level. It serves as a detention center for male offenders who have been convicted of crimes falling within the jurisdiction of Minnesota state and federal laws. The County Jail has been in operation since 1857, and it currently has a maximum capacity of 248 inmates, representing the total number of available beds within the facility.

Onsite & Off-site Video Visitation Guidelines

The Jail Division aims to facilitate visitation programs in order to maintain family connections for incarcerated individuals. Both visitors and inmates must adhere to the facility’s rules and regulations to ensure a smooth operation. To enhance our service to you, we have provided the following information and requirements:

  • Professional Visits: Attorneys and other professionals are encouraged to conduct visits through phone or video calls rather than on-site visits. If an on-site visit is necessary, it will be a non-contact visit conducted through glass. Please note that due to limited resources, setting up such meetings may experience delays.
  • Social Visits: On-site video visits are available for inmates to connect with visitors. We kindly request that visitors arrive no more than five minutes before their scheduled visitation time and avoid congregating in the jail lobby. Visitors showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entry. Off-site video visits can still be conducted remotely through our partnership with ICSolutions, subject to applicable fees.

Please bear in mind that while these rules aim to cover most situations, there may be unique circumstances that will be addressed on a case-by-case basis by our staff.


Visiting Hours:

Monday — 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Tuesday — 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Wednesday — 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Thursday — 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Friday — 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Saturday — 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Sunday — 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Delivering A Mail/Package

Incoming and outgoing mail at the Anoka County Jail is subject to inspection by jail staff to detect any prohibited items. However, legal or privileged mail will be opened in the presence of the inmate.

Staff members of the Jail Division are responsible for forwarding unopened privileged mail, such as correspondence between inmates and elected officials, Department of Corrections officials, attorneys, or court officers, to the inmate’s housing unit. The mail will then be opened and inspected by deputies assigned to that unit in the presence of the intended inmate. To send mail to an inmate, please use the following address format:

Inmate’s Full Name

Anoka County Jail 325 E Jackson

St Anoka, MN 55303


Letters or packages that arrive with “postage due” or “C.O.D.” will not be accepted at the Jail.

Mail that contains materials or information prohibited by jail policy, which could be detrimental to facility security, public safety, or the orderly operation of the facility, is not allowed. Examples of prohibited items in mail include, but are not limited to:

  • Instructions on the manufacturing of homemade weapons, bombs, explosives, or escape materials.
  • Instructions on the manufacturing of alcoholic beverages.
  • Instructions on how to defeat locks and restraint devices.
  • Magazines and newspapers.
  • Photographs larger than 4 x 6, as well as photographs or artwork containing nudity or explicit content.
  • Gang-related drawings or materials.
  • Postcards, letters, or greeting cards treated with or containing foreign substances such as glitter, stickers, or perfume.
  • Mail describing or encouraging activities that may lead to physical violence.
  • Plans to commit illegal activities.
  • Mail addressed or intended for a person who holds a no-contact order or order for protection against the inmate or an associate of the inmate.Plans to violate jail regulations or other written instructions, and mail written in code.

Mail containing cash, money orders, personal checks, or corporate checks will be returned to the sender or placed in the inmate’s property.

Inmate Telephony Services

Incarcerated individuals at the Jail have the freedom to make phone calls between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Before connecting the call, a recorded message will provide instructions on accepting or declining the call. You will only be connected to the inmate once you have taken a positive action to accept the call. If you receive an unwanted call from an incarcerated individual, there are two options for blocking future calls. Option One is to follow the telephone prompts during the call to block all future calls. Option Two is to contact the duty sergeant at the Jail Division at 763-324-5106.

Generally, incoming telephone calls or messages are not allowed for incarcerated individuals. However, in urgent cases and at the discretion of the jail, verified urgent messages may be passed on. ICSolutions is the contracted telephone service provider for the Jail Division’s incarcerated individuals. Upon booking into the facility, inmates receive an initial free telephone call. Subsequent non-professional calls are subject to fees. For any billing or connectivity concerns, please contact ICSolutions via email or by phone at 888-506-8407.

Three telephone service funding options are available for inmates, their family, and friends:

  • Leaving a voice message for an inmate by calling 763.575.8506.
  • Pre-paid calling cards can be purchased by inmates through the jail commissary. Money can be deposited into an inmate’s commissary account online, by phone, or at the kiosk in the jail lobby. Further information can be found in the Inmate Money/Commissary Account section above.
  • Family members can set up a pre-paid telephone account for inmates, either by phone at 888-506-8407, online, or through the ICSolutions website.

Commissary Account for Inmates

Keefe Commissary Network serves as the contract commissary service provider for the Jail Division, offering a range of services to incarcerated individuals. Family members and friends of incarcerated individuals have two funding options available to them:

  • Pre-Paid Accounts: Setting up a pre-paid account allows individuals to receive calls on their cell phones or if their local telephone service provider does not accept collect calls. This type of account can be established by phone at 866-345-1884 or online through the Access Corrections website.
  • Lobby Kiosk: The lobby kiosk, located in the Anoka, MN Jail facility, enables family members and friends to deposit funds into the incarcerated individual’s account. Cash deposits are accepted at the kiosk, while credit or debit card transactions can be made through the Access Corrections website or by contacting the vendor. The lobby kiosk is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Release of Inmate Property

To release inmate property to family or friends, the inmate must complete a property transfer, specifying the intended recipient. Property can be picked up during designated visiting hours or between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. A valid government-issued photo ID is required to receive the property. Please allow up to 48 hours for processing.

Anoka County Sheriff Department

The Sheriff’s Office takes on the responsibility of managing the Anoka County Jail Division as one of its primary duties. This division operates a facility with a capacity of 238 beds. It primarily houses individuals who have not yet been sentenced, utilizing a combination of direct supervision and remote supervision housing units. The dedicated staff of the Jail Division is committed to providing effective programs and services that address the specific needs and challenges faced by the detainees, while maintaining cost efficiency and operational excellence. The division operates in compliance with state and national standards, striving to meet or exceed them.

Within the Jail Division, there is also the Sheriff’s Office Warrants Unit. This unit handles a significant volume of warrants, issuing or clearing nearly 11,000 warrants annually. For information specifically related to Anoka County warrants, individuals can contact 763-422-7500. For any other warrants issued within Minnesota, it is necessary to obtain information directly from the jurisdiction responsible for issuing the warrant. The Warrants Unit plays a crucial role in managing and processing warrants, ensuring public safety and the enforcement of the law.


County Sheriff:  James Stuart

Address:  13333 Hanson Boulevard Northwest, Andover, Minnesota, 55304

Telephone:  763-323-5022

Overview of Anoka County

Anoka County, located in the state of Minnesota, is the fourth-most populous county in the state. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 363,887 residents. The county seat and namesake of Anoka County is the city of Anoka, which derives its name from the Dakota word “anokatanhan,” meaning “on (or from) both sides.” This refers to its location on the banks of the Rum River. The largest city in the county is Blaine, which is the thirteenth-largest city in Minnesota and the eighth-largest suburb of the Twin Cities.

Anoka County is part of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul statistical area, which is the largest metropolitan area in Minnesota and the sixteenth-largest in the United States, with a population of approximately 3.64 million residents. The county shares borders with Isanti County to the north, Chisago and Washington Counties to the east, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties to the south, Sherburne County to the west, and the Mississippi River to the southwest. The Rum River, which flows through the county, played a significant role in early European settlements and served as a common route to Mille Lacs Lake, an important location for the Ojibwe people. The area developed as a center for fur trade and logging, with French and French Canadian communities emerging in Anoka and Centerville. Anoka County was officially organized in 1857, a year before Minnesota’s statehood, and it was formed from parts of Ramsey County and Benton County. Over time, the county’s southern border extended to meet Minneapolis, resulting in its current suburban character. Anoka County is home to various local attractions such as the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, Northtown Mall, and the National Sports Center in Blaine.

The exploration of Anoka County by European settlers began with the Franciscan friar Louis Hennepin and his party. Subsequently, fur traders started to settle in the area, specifically in what is now Ramsey County. They established communities along the Rum River, attracting more settlers to the region. One of these communities eventually became the present-day city of Anoka. Anoka County was officially established by an act of the Minnesota Territorial Legislature on May 23, 1857, prior to the state’s admission to the Union. Its boundaries at that time were similar to the current ones, except for a small southeastern portion along the Mississippi River that was previously known as Manomin County. This section was later incorporated into Anoka County through a constitutional amendment on November 2, 1869. In 1879, it was officially renamed Fridley.

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