Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the total size of the Carver County Jail?

68,000 square feet.

What is the size of a typical cell?

Regular cells are 70 square feet and handicapped cells are 90 square feet.

What did it cost to build the Carver County Jail?

$8.3 million.

Why are there no bars?

Bars are expensive to construct and are not conducive to the direct supervision model. Modern building materials make bars an obsolete method of security.

How are the doors operated?

Doors are operated electronically with emergency key override.

How many cameras monitor the facility?

60 throughout the jail facility.

How many inmates are booked in annually?

We average around 3,500 annually.

What is the average length of stay?

5 to 10 days per inmate.

What is the typical age and gender of inmates?

20- to 24-year-old males.

What type of crimes have inmates committed to be placed in the Carver County Jail?

The Carver County Jail will house any and all inmates that are sentenced, pre-trial, awaiting bail or arraignment as directed by law for either a felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor. Charges range from traffic offenses to murder.

Why does the Carver County Jail provide the inmates with television, commissary, and recreation?

Television and recreation are earned privileges. The Minnesota Department of Corrections mandates commissary privileges.

Do inmates receive visitors?

Visitors report to the reception area, receive a visitors pass (if approved), and are directed to the appropriate visiting area.

Are inmates allowed to use the telephone?

Yes. Collect-only phones are available for the inmates in the housing units. They are allowed to use them at the detention deputies' discretion.

What type of clothing will the inmates be wearing?

Inmates wear facility-issued clothing at all times while in the Carver County Jail.

Is the staff safe in this type of detention center?

Yes. The direct supervision model has been proven to be a safe working environment.

What type of weapons is the staff allowed to carry for protection and security?

The staff is required to carry an aerosol irritant. The staff is also trained in communication techniques and the use of force.

What type of training is required for the staff?

Staff is initially exposed to 240 hours of training, followed by an additional 24 hours or more annually.