Benton County Jail

Benton County Jail & Corrections, located in Foley, Minnesota, serves as a primary pretrial holding facility. This maximum-security facility has a capacity of 183 beds and is situated at 615 Highway 23 East, PO Box 159, Foley, MN, 56329. It plays a crucial role in housing Benton County offenders who are facing misdemeanor charges and are unable to post bail or are awaiting their court dates.

Benton County Jail & Corrections works in collaboration with various law enforcement agencies to receive detainees. These include the Benton County Sheriffs Department deputies, the Foley Police Department, and federal agencies. The facility provides a secure environment for individuals who have been arrested within Benton County to be held until their court proceedings.

As a pretrial holding facility, Benton County Jail & Corrections plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of both the inmates and the community. By accommodating individuals accused of misdemeanor offenses who are unable to make bail, the facility fulfills its responsibility to temporarily house and manage these detainees during the legal process.

Visitation Rules

Jail visitation is by appointment only on visiting days. To make an appointment to visit an inmate, please call 320-968-8180 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm). Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your visit. 

  • To visit an inmate at Benton County Jail, visitors must be on the approved visitor list, which requires the inmate to complete a request including the visitor’s full name, date of birth, address, and telephone number. The request should be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the visit.
  • Visitors are expected to adhere to a dress code. Attire should be appropriate and modest, with no cut-off shorts, tube tops, half shirts, see-through clothing, mesh shirts, or tops that do not cover the shoulders. Shorts must reach mid-thigh, and all clothing should be loose-fitting. Footwear is mandatory.
  • Each visitor aged 18 and above must present a government-issued ID that includes their full name and date of birth. Visits are limited to 20 minutes per person. It is important to note that no visits are allowed within the last 15 minutes of the designated visiting time.
  • Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal parent or guardian. The legal parent or guardian must provide a birth certificate for the minor, which should list either the person visiting or the inmate’s name on the certificate. The individual over 18 must also be listed on the inmate’s visitor’s list.


Visiting Hours:

Tuesdays: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Thursdays: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

The Benton County Jail reserves the right to refuse or terminate any visit that may pose a threat to the safety, security, or good order of the facility.


Depositing Money For Inmates

In order for an inmate at Benton County Jail & Corrections to receive funds, the sender must be on the approved visitation list. Funds can be sent through email using a payment or treasury check. It is important to include the inmate’s Minnesota Department of Corrections ID Number with the payment.

Deposit Options:

  • Cash or Credit Card Deposits: A TurnKey Corrections kiosk is conveniently located in the jail lobby, allowing for cash or credit card deposits into the inmate’s funds.
  • Online Deposits: The Inmate Canteen website provides an online deposit option. To utilize this method, users will need to create a user account.

Please Note: It is essential to ensure that the sender is approved and the correct Minnesota Department of Corrections ID Number is included with the funds.

Sending A Mail/Package

To send mail to an inmate at Benton County Jail, address the letter as follows:

Benton County Jail

Inmates Name

P.O. Box 159 Foley, MN 56329


It is important to note that letters, cards, and drawings cannot be dropped off during visiting times. These items must be sent through the U.S. Postal Service for proper delivery to the inmate.

Telephone Access For Inmates

Detainees at Benton County Jail & Corrections are granted permission to provide a phone call list upon their arrival at the facility. It is important to note that the approved list can only accommodate a maximum of 15 phone numbers.

Inmates are allowed to make phone calls during designated hours. From Monday to Friday, the calling hours are scheduled from 3:30 pm until 9:45 pm. On weekends and holidays, the calling hours begin at 10:00 am and continue until 10:00 pm.

If you wish to contact an inmate at Benton County Jail & Corrections, the facility employs Securus Technologies as the phone carrier for all inmate communication within the Benton County jurisdiction.

Benton County Sheriff Department

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has developed a comprehensive strategic plan to guide and prioritize their efforts in ensuring the safety of Benton County. The plan focuses on enforcing laws, delivering public safety services, and fostering community partnerships with utmost respect and integrity. To gain a comprehensive understanding of the strategic plan, interested individuals can access the following resources:

  • Strategic Plan Graphic
  • Summary Mission Vision Goals

As the chief law enforcement officer of the county, the sheriff holds primary responsibility for maintaining and upholding peace within Benton County. The sheriff’s key responsibilities include:

  • Conducting thorough investigations into felonies and apprehending the individuals responsible
  • Operating and managing the county jail to safely house inmates
  • Facilitating the transportation of inmates through the court system
  • Ensuring the security and well-being of the court
  • Undertaking search and rescue operations within the county
  • Serving civil actions and notices as required
  • Collecting delinquent taxes
  • Executing other legal processes mandated by the state or county for service or posting purposes.

These duties are carried out in adherence to the law and serve to safeguard the interests and welfare of Benton County and its residents.


County Sheriff: Troy Heck

Address: 581 Minnesota 23, Foley, Minnesota, 56329

Phone: 320-968-7201

Fax: 320-968-6885

Overview of Benton County

Benton County is situated in the East Central region of the state of Minnesota, United States. According to the 2020 census, the county had a population of 41,379. Foley serves as the county seat of Benton County. The county is included in the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also part of the larger Minneapolis-St. Paul Combined Statistical Area.

Established in 1849 and organized in 1850, Benton County holds the distinction of being one of the oldest counties in Minnesota. It was named in honor of Thomas Hart Benton, a renowned United States Senator from Missouri. Initially, Sauk Rapids served as the county seat, positioned at the confluence of the Sauk and Mississippi Rivers. However, the county seat was relocated to Watab in 1856, only to return to Sauk Rapids in 1859. In 1886, a destructive tornado devastated Sauk Rapids, prompting the county seat to be moved once again. Since 1897, Foley has served as the county seat. With the expansion of St. Cloud into a metropolitan area, the northern portion of Benton County has transformed into a suburban area.

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