Wabasha County Jail

848 17th St E. Ste #2
Wabasha, MN 55981
Phone: (651)-560-1004

Wabasha County Jail Administrator:
Brenda Balow
Phone: (651)-560-1004 Ext. 1201
Fax: (651)-560-1020
Email: bbalow@co.wabasha.mn.us 

Inmate Roster
Click here to view the current inmate roster/locater [PDF]

Prison Rape Elimination Act
The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct.  This law applies to all federal and state prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities, juvenile facilities, and community correctional settings.  The Jail Division has a zero-tolerance standard for incidence of sexual assault and rape and makes prevention of inmate sexual assault and rape a top priority. 

If you have information regarding a Jail Inmate who has been sexually assaulted while in custody, please report this directly to our PREA coordinator by email or by leaving a message on our PREA reporting hotline at: 1-651-565-8114. 

To report sexual abuse or sexual harassment on behalf of an inmate, you can also contact:
Wabasha County Police Department at: 1-651-565-3261
Wabasha County Sheriff's Office at: 1-651-565-3361
Wabasha County Jail Administrator at: 1-651-560-1001
Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) at: 1-800-519-6690

It is critical that you provide as many details as possible.  This includes:

- The names and locations of the persons involved

- The names or description of any witnesses to the incident
- A brief description of the incident
- Date, Time and Place of occurrence
- The names and contact information of others who might have additional information about the incident
- Your contact phone number and address


The inmate will receive a Visitation Form at intake and can select up to 5 visitors, 18 years of age or older.  Children of the inmate may visit with an approved visitor.  Prohibited from visiting includes: Anyone who was in Wabasha County Jail custody within the last 90 days, Victims or has a No Contact Order in place, those who have previously violated visitation rules in the visitor contract.  All visitors will need to be listed on the inmate’s Visitor List prior to visiting.  Inmates are responsible for providing complete information and choosing who they would like on their visitors list:  Full name of visitor, Date of birth and Phone number must be included. 
All visits will be restricted to 20 minutes in duration.  Another back to back 20 minute visit will be allowed if no other visitors are waiting.  Visitors will be allowed on a first come, first serve basis and inmates are restricted to 3 visitors total per day. 

Visitation Procedure:

All visitors will report to Dispatch located in the Criminal Justice Center’s lobby.  Visitors must sign a Visitor Contract prior to visiting an inmate each time they visit.  Visitors must bring a valid Driver’s License or picture ID at each visit.    Visits are subject to rules outlined in the Visitor Contract.   You may not bring personal property (including cell phones) into the Visitation Room.  Lockers are available or leave property in your vehicle.  All visitors are subject to search while in the facility.  Visits may be denied if there are security issues, disciplinary issues or an emergency in the facility. 

Please complete the Jail Visiting Contract and bring the form with you when visting an inmate.

Visiting Hours are as follows:






10:00 a.m. - Noon

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - Noon

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - Noon

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.



10:00 a.m. - Noon

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - Noon

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - Noon

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.



10:00 a.m. - Noon

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Address Inmate Mail as Follows:
Inmate Name
Wabasha County Criminal Justice Center
848 17th St East Suite #2
Wabasha, MN 55981

Inmate Mail: All incoming and outgoing mail will be searched and if necessary may be rejected and stored in the inmate’s property until release.  The exception to this is legal material mailed between attorney and client.  Paper and post-paid envelopes can be purchased via inmate commissary. Upon request, indigent inmates may receive 2 envelopes and paper per week.  Mail addressed to an inmate who has been transferred or released will be returned to sender.  Inmates must make outside arrangements for business correspondence and household bills.  Business correspondence will be returned to the sender.  The jail will only accept letters, photographs and money orders.  Packages will not be accepted.

Phone Cards and iPods/iPhones
Jail Telephones and iPod/iPhones are provided in all housing units and can be used whenever inmates are not on lockdown status.  Inmates may make collect calls or may purchase a $10 Reliance calling card available at the jail.  Online phone card calls used on iPod/iPhone devices are at .25/minute.  In-house Jail purchased Phone cards are charged at .50/minute on these same devices.  Incoming and Outgoing text messages are .09 per text.  

Online Phone cards can be purchased by friends and family in increments of $10, $20, $50 or $100 at:  https://manage.reliancetelephone.com/customer/buycards.php   

Any calls made to their lawyer are free. Instructions for making these calls are at each phone. Credit card, 3-way and toll-free calls cannot be made from housing unit phones. Inmates are made aware that all non-attorney calls will be recorded.  Jail staff will not relay messages.  

The jail has an Inmate Message Line where you can leave messages by calling 507-328-0809

Money for inmates can be deposited in their account to order canteen items.  Money can be deposited for an inmate in the following ways: 

You can deposit money on an inmate account at the Stellar kiosk located in the lobby of the Criminal Justice Center.  The kiosk accepts cash and credit cards.  Note that fees may apply and the kiosk does not make change. 
You may also send money for an inmate via Postal mailCashier’s Checks and Money Orders are preferred.  The money will be placed on the inmates account and they will receive a receipt once the deposit is made. 
You may also create an account and deposit funds using the following Jail ATM link:    https://deposits.jailatm.com/WebDeposits/frmSearch.aspx.  If you run into issues with the Jail ATM please call 1-870-627-5476

                                                                             WORK RELEASE

If you were ordered to serve a sentence and the judge granted Work Release, you are considered Work Release eligible.  You will be considered for the privilege of Work Release if you have established valid employment and meet the jail requirements for the Work Release program.  You are responsible for completing the necessary paperwork for admittance to the Jail Work Release Program.  Paperwork must be completed and returned to the jail at least one week prior to beginning your sentence.  You are required to meet with the Program Coordinator to discuss and sign a Work Release Contract. 

Work Release Contact:   
Michael Timm
Phone: 1-651-560-1008  or 1-651-560-1004 Ext. 1208
Email: mtimm@co.wabasha.mn.us 

You will not be released for work until staff has completed job, driver and insurance verification; you pass a U.A and pay the following in advance:   

  • $175 – First week of Work Release @ $25/Day
  • $ 20 – Booking Fee
  • $ 15 – Urinalysis Test Fee

Click here for the Work Release Handbook
Click here for the Work Release Packet

You may bring the following items to the jail when reporting on an approved work release sentence:  Prescription Medication, up to 3 pair of pants, 3 shirts or 3 dresses, 2 t-shirts or bras, 3 pair underwear, 3 pair socks, 1 jacket, 1 pair shoes/boots, 1 pair gloves, 1 winter outerwear.  You may also bring a non-electric alarm clock or alarm watch, 1 purse/wallet, money & cell phone (cell phones may not be brought into the jail).  You will be provided a locker to store your property.  You will be changing clothing as you enter and leave the facility.  Clean work clothing exchanges are your responsibility or you may have your clothing washed at the jail for $5 per load.

To obtain civil fingerprinting for background checks, employment requirements or licensing, please contact the Jail Master Control at 651-560-1004 to make an appointment.  Every effort will be made to work with your schedule but understand that jail operations and emergencies may cause a delay or cancelation of your appointment.  You must be at least 18 years old.  Please bring $20 cash per print card (exact amount, the jail cannot make change & we cannot accept personal checks) and a photo ID. You may bring the fingerprint card provided by your employer or licensing agency,  or we will provide you with one.  No one will be allowed to accompany you into the Jail, so please make arrangements for children.  Personal property must be stored in a locker or in your vehicle.  You will be subject to search.

Criminal Prints
If you are required to obtain criminal prints please contact the jail at 1-651-560-1004 to setup an appointment.  Bring your Government ID and Court Paperwork or Request Letter to your appointment.  No one will be allowed to accompany you into the jail unless  you are under the age of 18 and are required to obtain criminal court prints.  In this case, you will need an adult with you at all times.  

Volunteer & Donations
Click here for the volunteer handbook

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Wabasha County Jail. Listed below are the mandatory steps that need to be taken in order to complete the volunteer process.

Step 1: Complete the background packet and contractual agreement. You will need to bring these with you on the date of your fingerprinting appointment.

Step 2:  Contact the Jail Programs Coordinator at (651) 560-1008 to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Step 3 Once your background check is completed we will be contacting you in order to attend Non-Security Staff Training that will be required. This entire process may take approximately two to three months to complete. Once you have completed all of the above steps you may begin to volunteer at the Wabasha County Jail.

Listed below are some areas that we would like to obtain volunteers and develop some classes for the inmates at the Wabasha County Jail. If you have a skill, talent or interest that you would like to share, or know someone who may be interested in volunteering their time, please contact the Jail Program Coordinator to further discuss the opportunities available.

Life Skills Communication Skills Job Skills
Motivational Speaker Parenting Catholic Mass
Personal Finances Christian Bible Study Spanish Bible Study
Music Anger Management Religion
Alcoholics Anonymous Diversity Yoga
Narcotics Anonymous GED  Arts and Crafts

Wabasha County Jail. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Wabasha County Jail Programs Department. We understand the process to become a volunteer may be lengthy, but it is required for the safety and security of the facility. We thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this process and look forward to having you as part of our volunteer team.

The jail accepts donations such as books, games, puzzles and basketballs

If you are a victim of someone in our custody or coming to our custody please feel free to register at the following link: https://www.vinelink.com/#/home

VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information.

Approved Bail Bond Companies
If you are assisting an inmate with posting cash bail or bond, cash bail can be brought up to Court Administration during regular business hours or money can be deposited into the kiosk in the Criminal Justice Center lobby. 

If you are interested in using a bond company, you can find the Approved Bail Bond Agents List which includes all agents, agencies, and surety companies approved by the State Court Administrator's Office  to issue bail bonds in Minnesota district courts at http://www.mncourts.gov .

*If electronic monitor hookup is a condition of release please contact the Probation Department for instructions at:  1-651-565-2666

Inmate Status
If you have questions regarding an inmate court appearance date and time, bail or bond amounts, conditions of release or charges; refer to our online Inmate Roster or contact the following:

Master Control: 1-561-560-1004
Court Administration: 1-651-412-8627  or http://pa.courts.state.mn.us/default.aspx
Probation: 1-651-565-2666

Inmate Property

The jail will only accept the following items for inmates in custody:

  • Prescription medications (Must be labeled and in the orginial prescription containers)
  • Prescription Eyeglasses
  • Other Necessary Medical Equipment