Items accepted for inmates
The Jail will only accept the following items that must be approved by the medical unit staff:
- Prescription medications
- Other necessary medical equipment
You may drop off prescription medication in a clean, appropriately marked prescription container. The information on the containers will be used to help verify the inmate's doctor, pharmacy and dosage amounts.
Books, hygiene items, writing materials, uniforms and shoes are provided to inmates while in custody.
While in custody
Inmates may possess no more than 10 photographs (no polaroid photos). The photographic images must be appropriate in nature. Please use the United States Postal Service to mail all photos and letters. We will NOT accept notes, letters, cards or photos unless they arrive through the post office.
Property left behind
If an inmate has left the Dakota County Jail and was either required to leave behind their personal belongings or did not get back all their property upon release, the inmate must pick up the property themselves or designate someone else to pick up the property within 90 days of their release date. This designee must bring personal identification when picking up property and must be listed on the property release form that the inmate completed prior to their release.
If property was confiscated at the time of arrest, you will have to contact the police department that arrested the inmate. See a list of Dakota County police departments.
If a vehicle was impounded or towed, you will have to contact the arresting agency and/or impound lot to determine what is needed to retrieve the vehicle.