These Minnesota jails most isolated inmates last year – Twin Cities
Minnesota jails have sent inmates to the “hole” a record number of times last year.
A total of 8,281 solitary confinement sentences were pronounced in 2018, according to data from the state Department of Corrections.
This is an increase of 42% from the 5,828 times state prisons punished inmates in segregation in 2006. The overall prison population grew only 9% during the same period.
Inmates can spend days, weeks or even months in segregation for offenses ranging from misconduct to homicide. They spend 23 hours a day in a small, sterile cell that usually has only one bed, shower, sink, and toilet.
Here’s a look at the state prisons that punished solitary inmates the most over the past year:
Stillwater Prison punished solitary inmates 2,257 times in the past year. The close-security facility is home to more than 1,500 adult male offenders.
Rush City High Security Prison separated inmates 1,254 times last year. The facility is home to just over 1,000 adult male offenders.
Faribault Institution is Minnesota’s largest state prison, with a population of over 2,000 adult offenders. Faribault isolated inmates 1,141 times last year.
St. Cloud Prison is the admissions facility of the State Department of Corrections. Over 1,100 detainees are accommodated there. The prison punished solitary inmates 1,101 times in the past year.
Lino Lakes Prison is a medium and minimum security facility that houses over 1,300 adult males. A total of 700 solitary confinement sentences were handed down there last year.
HEIGHTS OF THE OAK PARK
Oak Park Heights is Minnesota’s only maximum security prison. It houses just under 400 delinquents and has sent inmates to the “hole” 694 times last year.
WILLOW RIVER / MOOSE LAKE
Willow River Medium Security Prison houses over 1,000 male offenders. Inmates there were punished with solitary confinement 567 times last year.
Shakopee Institution is the only prison for women in Minnesota. It is home to more than 650 women and handed down 545 solitary confinement sentences last year.
This minimum security prison houses up to 90 adult offenders for a boot camp program where non-violent inmates can get early release. He separated offenders 11 times last year.
Red Wing Institution houses juvenile offenders and also offers a separate community reintegration program for a few dozen male inmates. He separated offenders 11 times last year.