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Workhouse - Work Release-Huber
The Anoka County Workhouse is a 240-bed minimum security correctional facility located on the Rum River Human Services Center campus in Anoka. The facility houses both male and female adults sentenced in Anoka County and will consider out-of-county court referrals. Inmates must meet minimum security placement criteria to serve a sentence at the Workhouse. A Work Release or “Huber” program is available for inmates with court approval to work during their incarceration. Work release status is a privilege requiring proof of employment and the approval of facility staff. Unemployed inmates may be eligible to serve on supervised work crews in the community. Inmate programming includes high school equivalency (GED) instruction, religious services, and chemical dependency support groups.
General Information and Inmate Expectations
If you have been court ordered to serve a sentence at the Anoka County Workhouse, you must report on your scheduled date and time to:
Anoka County Workhouse
Rum River Human Services Center - Vail Building
3300 4th Avenue N.
Anoka, MN 55303
If you fail to report as scheduled, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. To request an alternative report date, contact Workhouse Operations at 763-324-4860 at least 72 hours in advance. If you are eligible to re-schedule your report date, you will be charged a $30 re-scheduling fee (2022). You may not re-schedule your report date more than once.
For information on housing units, clothing, medical care, commissary, laundry, visiting, zero-tolerance policy, and more, view the Workhouse Expectations information (PDF) Opens a New Window. .
Inmate Telephone Access:
Cell phones are not permitted within the Workhouse. Pay phones are available for inmate use in each housing unit. These phones require available funds in an inmate’s commissary account. Funds may be deposited in the inmate commissary account by money order at the facility or by debit or credit card online at www.inmatecanteen.com Opens a New Window. .
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Workhouse will no longer be doing in-person contact visitations. Remote visitation hours are:
- Monday through Friday 8:00 AM-10:00 AM and 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
- Saturday and Sunday 8:00 AM-10:00 AM and 12:30 PM-2:30 PM
To schedule an online video visitation, go to www.inmate.canteen.com to set up a meeting time.
Canteen - Commissary:
Inmates may purchase snacks, soda, hygiene items, and other personal products through the facility commissary vendor Turnkey Corrections. Vending machines and commissary-ordering kiosks are available in each housing unit.
- To purchase commissary products, inmates must deposit funds into a commissary account. Commissary account deposits are accepted by money order (payable to ACC) or by debit or credit card on-line through www.inmatecanteen.com Opens a New Window. .
- Visitors may deposit funds on an inmate’s commissary account by debit or credit card during visiting hours. Certain commissary items or larger purchases are delivered to the Workhouse and distributed to inmates twice weekly.
Sending a Letter to an Inmate:
Use the following address format to send a letter to an inmate at the Workhouse:
Inmate’s Name here
Anoka County Corrections
Anoka County Workhouse
2100 3rd Ave STE C100
Anoka, MN 55303-5037
If you are not employed, you may be placed on a supervised work crew. While serving on a work crew, you will be paid a daily stipend as long as you remain violation free and assigned to a crew. You should bring clothing appropriate for the season as many of these work crews work outdoors.
Work Release-Huber Requirements:
Work Release Expectations information (PDF) Opens a New Window.
To be considered for work release, your sentencing judge must order that you may serve your sentence on "Work Release or Huber, if eligible." The Workhouse will determine your eligibility. All inmate employment will be verified and approved by Workhouse staff before you are allowed to leave for work. Employment that cannot be verified or does not appear legitimate will be denied.
To request Work Release-Huber privileges, the following documentation must be provided at the time of intake to the Workhouse:
- A completed Work Release Eligibility Form Opens a New Window. ;
- Paycheck stubs from the previous two pay periods; and
- A letter from your employer on company letterhead indicating you are currently employed, your position or duties, and work schedule.
If you are self employed, additional information must be provided. Download the Work Release Expectations information sheet shown above for further requirements.
Change by Design - Workhouse Substance Abuse Treatment Program
The Workhouse substance abuse program, Change by Design, is a collaboration between Anoka County Corrections and Riverplace Counseling Centers. Located at the Anoka County Workhouse, the program is specifically designed for correctional clients with chronic substance abuse.
The program’s goals include the cessation of problematic substance use, planning and support for long-term sobriety, reduction in criminal behaviors and successful community re-entry following incarceration. View the Change by Design brochure (PDF) Opens a New Window. for more information.
Out of County Inmates
If you have been sentenced in another county, and the Court has authorized to serve time in another county, you must meet the criteria established for this program. To see if you qualify, you will need to schedule an appointment by calling Workhouse Operations at 763-324-4860. Upon being accepted, you will need a copy of your sentencing order stating you may serve your time in another county at your own expense and a letter from your employer with your work schedule. The fee for inmates serving a sentence from another county is $60 per day, plus a $30 administration fee.
Fees and Payments
The Workhouse accepts money orders only for all fees. Money orders must be made payable to ACC, signed by the purchaser, and include the inmate’s name on the money order. View more information on Corrections fees and payments.
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Anoka County Workhouse has a zero-tolerance policy for any sexual behavior, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct of inmate-on-inmate or staff-on-inmate. Staff includes: employee, volunteer, official visitor, or contract staff. The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct.
All inmates are educated on how to report such acts while serving at the Workhouse. If you or someone you know has been victimized, or may be at risk of being a victim, please report it immediately. To report on behalf of an inmate, you may email the Anoka County Workhouse or call the PREA Reporting Hotline at 763-324-4886. Read more...
All reports are taken seriously and will be thoroughly investigated. False reports will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.