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The Pine County Jail is licensed by the State of Minnesota to house up to 131 inmates that are separated into three housing units. Inmates include sentenced and pre-trial adult male and female offenders. In addition to the three housing units, the Intake area can hold 17 inmates in 5 separate areas. Other areas of the jail include: a recreational room, library/programming room, medical unit, laundry facility, fully staffed kitchen, court holding, and master control center.
Each housing unit contains video visiting stations, telephones for inmate use, televisions with basic limited programming, common kitchen area with sink and microwave, dayroom area, gaming tables and a natural lighting source. Canteen and vending proceeds are used to purchase recreation and programming equipment and reference materials for the inmates.
The Pine County Jail is designed for Direct Supervision of those incarcerated. Studies indicate that correctional facilities using this type of operating philosophy are safer for both staff and inmates.
The Pine County Jail began construction in the fall of 2006 and became operational in February 2008, replacing the old jail that was constructed in 1983.
PREA - Prison Rape Elimination Act
In Accordance with the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003. The Pine County Jail has a Policy of zero tolerance with regard to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in this facility and will take appropriate affirmative measures to protect all offenders from sexual abuse and harassment while in this facility. The Pine County Jail will promptly and thoroughly investigate all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
All offenders are encouraged to report to staff if he/she has been victimized or has knowledge of sexual abuse, sexual harassment or staff sexual misconduct while under the custody and care of the Pine County Jail.
Offenders may report directly to staff or volunteers, send a kite to Jail Administration, call the offender helpline posted in each unit, call WINDOW Victim Services at 320-384-7113 or Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Community Advocate at 320-532-4780. Any person may report any allegation on the behalf of any inmate to Pine County Jail PREA Coordinators Office at 320-591-1458.
Anyone who falsely reports an alleged sexual abuse, sexual harassment or staff sexual misconduct incident will be held accountable through all means available to the Pine County Jail and Pine County Sheriff’s office.
In accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the Pine County Jail is required to undergo a PREA audit every 3 years. We are required to post a copy of the Final Report once the audit is completed.