Houston County Jail
Sheriff Doug Ely:
507-725-3379 extension 4101
Chief Deputy Scott Yeiter
507-725-3379 extension 4102
Jail Administrator Mark P. Schiltz
507-725-3379 extension 4120
If you are a victim and wish to have notification on an offender's
incarceration status, you can register at any time by calling toll-free
1-877-MN-4-VINE or 1-877-664-8463 or click
here. When the offender is released, transferred, or escapes, the
registered person(s) will receive an automatic telephone notification.
(Do not depend solely on the VINE Service for your protection. If you
feel that you may be at risk, take precautions as if the offender has
already been released).
You may also contact Houston County Victims Services Office at
At the Houston County Jail you will encounter “video visiting”. This
means there is no face to face contact between the visitor and the
detainee. Our Visiting Hours are:
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Sunday: 7:00
p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
You may register at
may also register at the time of visit. It is encouraged to register
on-line as these will have priority designated time allotments.
Each time you visit you will need present a pictured
identification card or pictured driver’s license.
Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or
guardian. The children must
be supervised at all times while in the facility.
Inmate Phone System
You may leave a message for an inmate by calling 507-725-3379 extension
3, option 3 and listen to the following instructions. If you are having
problems or wish to purchase phone time you may call the Reliance
Telephone Vendor at 1-800-896-3201.
||Cash or credit card deposits are
accepted for a detainee via our lobby kiosk, or deposits can be
made online at
Postal Mail to Inmates:
“The Inmates Name”
C/O Houston County Jail
306 South Marshall Street
Caledonia, MN 55921
Programs at the Houston County Jail
Adult Basic Education
Job Search and Job Skills
Inmate Worker Program
Work release program
Sentence to Service
Volunteers play a significant role to assist with some of the
programming listed above.
If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please give us
a call at 507-725-3379 ext 4120.
The public can obtain applicant fingerprints by registering with the
Administrative Assistants at 507-725-3379 ext 2 option 1.
Applicant fingerprints are completed on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m.
to 9:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
You must make an appointment prior to being fingerprinted.
Cost of fingerprinting is located
The original historic jail which is still standing was built in 1875 to
house both male and female prisoners.
The Sheriff, his wife and family resided in historic jail up to
the 1970’s. In the late 1970’s, the interior of the jail was remodeled.
The historic jail was placed on
the state and national historic registry.
It was licensed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections as the
oldest operating jail in the State of Minnesota prior to closing in
October 2011 with a maximum capacity of 14 beds to house adult males
The current Houston County Justice Center was opened on October 31, 2011
licensed to house 30 male and female prisoners. The facility offers
video visitation, inmate recreation, inmate programming, inmate canteen,
full service kitchen, inmate laundry and inmate phone service.
The facility was constructed with 41 unit cells with the
capability of double bunking in each unit. The sally port is located off
of South Marshall Street on the north side of the facility.
The public parking is located along East South Street to
accommodate the Justice Center and the Historic Courthouse.
Additional occupancy of the facility includes the Sheriff Office,
Court Administration, Department of Corrections, County Attorney and
Victim Services. The
Architect of the facility was Klein/McCarthy Architect of St. Louis
Park, MN. The Construction
Manager of the facility was Knutson Construction of Rochester, MN.