Corrections | Jail Division

About the Division
The Chisago County Sheriff's Office Corrections | Jail Division provides, in partnership with our community, a safe, secure, constitutional and humane detention facility in the most respectful, professional, and fiscally responsible manner as possible.

Important Information
The Chisago County Sheriff's Office Jail is a linear style facility that houses persons charged or convicted of crimes of all levels within Chisago County and is committed to maintaining a professional and well trained correctional staff, who uphold the standards established by the United States Constitution, Minnesota State Statutes, and the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MN DOC). The responsibilities of inmate care and officer safety are tremendous. Correctional officers are responsible for facility security by overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been convicted of a criminal offense and sentenced to serve time in jail. Correctional officers are a critical component in the safe and efficient operation of the jail and must maintain security and inmate accountability to prevent disturbances, assaults, and escapes. The health, safety, and well being of inmates is maintained through providing nutritional meals, adequate medical care, and an opportunity to partake in various programs.

Banking Service
The Chisago County Jail maintains an account for every inmate, which may be used to purchase items from the commissary, co-pays for medical services, and other incurred expenses.

Child Drug Testing
Any parent or guardian of a minor child, who is a resident of Chisago County, may pick up a drug testing urine kit at the Chisago County Jail at no charge. Bring proof you are a county resident, such as a driver's license, and you will be provided with a kit and instructions.

Commissary Service
The Chisago County Jail operates a commissary service, which allows inmates to purchase basic need items such as personal hygiene items, writing accessories, over the counter healthcare items, and food products.

Educational Service
The Chisago County Jail offers many different educational programs that include self help topics through the volunteer program.

Food Service
The Chisago County Jail provides inmates three well balanced meals per day.

Healthcare Service
The Chisago County Jail provides access to medical staff that includes a public health nurse, doctor, and mental health professionals. All correctional officers are CPR certified.

Huber / Work Release
Huber / Work Release is a privilege that allows an inmate to go to work while they are incarcerated; this allows them to maintain their jobs, but they must report  back to the jail immediately after their work hours. The judge must grant Huber and then the jail will verify the employment and determine whether all requirements are met. The fact that Huber has been granted does not guarantee that you will be allowed out to work as they must meet program requirements.

Mail Service
The Chisago County Jail processes all incoming and outgoing mail correspondence; this mail is scanned and inspected to detect criminal activity and court order compliance.

Phone Service
The Chisago County Jail provides, through an outside vendor, phone service for inmates, which includes the sale of online phone cards and a complete tracking and recording of all calls made with the exception of attorney calls.

Program Volunteers
The Chisago County Sheriff's Office utilizes and is very thankful for the knowledge and special skills of approximately 50 civilian volunteers to assist with jail programming. Some of the programs and topics offered to the inmates include:  Wings To Freedom, Victory Over Addiction, Celebrate Recovery, Inside Up / Outside Down, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and parenting skills.

Sentence to Service
Sentence to Service (STS) is a jail alternative program, in partnership with the State of Minnesota, for low-risk offenders, designed to repay the community for harm incurred by an offender. STS avoids costly incarceration and provides work projects that are of benefit to the citizens of Chisago County by improving the condition of its resources and improves competency levels for inmates through completion of meaningful work experiences. By participating in STS, inmates are able to indirectly make amends for their actions by contributing to work projects that add significant value to organizations and communities throughout the county. Under the direction of STS crew leaders, work projects are completed for public, non-profit, and government agencies. Examples of work projects include:  trail and prairie restoration for state and county agencies, recycling for county buildings, natural disaster relief, painting, and/or general clean-up.

Spiritual Service
The Chisago County Jail offers a wide range of religious services to meet the needs of all inmates.

Walk In Warrants
The Jail accepts walk in warrants. Persons with an outstanding warrant may turn themselves into the Chisago County Jail, prior to 6:30 a.m., Monday - Friday, at which time arrangements will be made for wanted persons to be arraigned in court, if there is a judge available.

The current Chisago County Jail was built in 1978 and underwent a major expansion, completed in 1992, which brought the facility to the current size of 53 beds. However, the jail is currently operating on a variance issued by the Minnesota DOC to house up to 67 inmates. The jail currently employs 17 full-time and one part-time correctional officer. Due to overcrowding that cannot be accommodated, a large number of inmates are housed in other facilities. Therefore, 2 correctional officers work in the capacity of full-time transport officers.

Captain Tracy Armistead oversees the Corrections | Jail Division and can be reached at 651-213-5765 or by email.