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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Law provides: The commissioner has the power and duties to accept persons committed by the courts for care, custody, and rehabilitation and for the administration of the state correctional facilities. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 241)

Commissioner: Joan Fabian 
Appointed: 2003   
Salary: $108,400

College of St. Catherine, B.A., psychology, sociology (1962–1966), St. Thomas University, M.A., counseling, psychology (1976–1978). Ramsey County Community Corrections: supervisor, Juvenile Service Center (1979–1981), director, Domestic Relations Division (1981–1985), director, Juvenile Division (1985–1989), director, Community Corrections (1989–2003).

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Deputy Commissioner, Facilities Services: Dennis L. Benson
Deputy Commissioner, Community Services: Harley Nelson
Deputy Commissioner, Support Services: Lisa Cornelius

Facilities Services Division is responsible for adult institutional operations and support services including education, industry, inmate transportation, and religious programming. This division is also responsible for day-to-day administration of units on investigations, medical services, prison industries, workplace safety/health issues, and financial services.

Community Services Division is responsible for probation and release supervision, administration of the community corrections act, jail inspection, interstate compacts, community service and work release programs, sex offender/chemical dependency services, county probation subsidy, contracts with community-based programs, information technology, legal services, policy, and hearings and releases.

Support Services Division is responsible for human resource management, employee development, and community juvenile services.

Minnesota Correctional Institutions
Stillwater: close-security facility for adult male felons 
   Warden: Lynn Dingle
St. Cloud: close-security facility for adult male felons; reception facility for all adult
   male offenders.
   Warden: Patt Adair
Oak Park Heights: maximum-security facility for high-risk adult males
   Warden: Jessica Symmes
Lino Lakes: medium-security facility for adult males 
   Warden: David Crist
Shakopee: facility for adult female offenders 
   Warden: Rick Hillengass
Faribault: medium-security facility for adult males 
   Warden: Connie Roehrich
Willow River/Moose Lake: medium security facility for adult males (Moose Lake); also
   site of Challenge Incarceration Program (boot camp) for males (Willow River)  
   Warden: Terry Carlson
Red Wing: facility for juvenile male offenders and a small population of separately housed
   adult males  
   Superintendent: Otis Zanders
Rush City: close-security for adult males  
   Superintendent: Bob Feneis
Togo: program for juvenile males referred by the courts and site of Challenge
   Incorporation Program (boot camp) for separately housed adult females
   Superintendent: David Hegg

Last updated: 6/1/2009 2:52:59 PM