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Sex Abuse in the News

In the wake of recent high-profile sexual abuse cases, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers has posted a statement to address the following issues:

  • What should I do if someone discloses to me that they were a victim of sexual abuse?
  • How could someone so well-respected be an abuser?
  • Why are so many survivors coming forward now?
  • Does treatment work for sexual abusers?

Read the statement here

Warden Bruce Reiser


Reiser Named Faribault Warden

Bruce Reiser is the new Warden of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Faribault.

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Warden Steve Hammer


New Rush City Warden

Steve Hammer is the new Warden of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Rush City.

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Faribault Warden Mark Thielen


Faribault Warden Retires

Mark Thielen has retired from the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Faribault.

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Restorative Justice Week 2011 Events

The DOC held numerous events November 13-19 in recognition of National Restorative Justice Week. Facilities hosted informational booths, fundraisers, apology letter workshops, guest speakers, and victim impact training to educate offenders about the Restorative Justice program and the impact their crimes have on communities. RJ week 2011 - REACH donation

Offenders at the Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF)-Willow River/Moose Lake donated $3,500 to three groups. First Witness is the only child advocacy center in Northeast Minnesota that helps provide safe interviewing, counseling, follow-up information, and support to abused children. The REACH program is a nonprofit agency that provides mentoring programs for youth with limited exposure to role models and mentors in their lives.  Carlton County Sexual and Domestic Abuse Program provides free services to victims of family and sexual abuse in Carlton County. RJ Week 2011 - playhouse donation

Offenders at the MCF-Faribault built two playhouses that were donated to non-profits in the Moose Lake area – Safe Haven Shelter and Lutheran Social Services-Bethany Crisis Shelter. Safe Haven Shelter provides shelter and services to women and children affected by physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Bethany Crisis Shelter provides care for children experiencing crisis in their lives.

First Group Completes Training to Help Mentally Ill OffendersCrisis Intervention Class graduates

In early November, the first Department of Corrections Crisis Intervention Class graduated from training. This program provides tools, strategies, and techniques that will allow corrections staff, behavioral health providers, and advocates to work together to better deal with mentally ill offenders during their incarceration.

Information on National Alliance for Mental Health

Class graduates are:

Brianna Arnzen, Eric Bauman, David Beckering, Ashlee Berts, Robert Cardinal, Jenny Carufel, Kathy Chinander, Dennis Chlebeck, Tom Chronakos, Todd Cloutier, Van Coolidge, Tony Ehlenz, Judith Fugate, Kristine Hammer, Gwen Harris, Kao Her, Jason Hills, Elizabeth Hopkins, Ronald Julin, Danielle Kruse, Glenn Lisowy, James McAllister, Aimee Nelson, Steven Renstrom, Tracee Scherer, Joseph Stoneberg, Joseph Strunk, Seth Swanson, Justin Woods, also pictured are coaches Mark Craig and Gene Perry

Captured fugitive Clarence RobinsonLevel 3 Offender Back In Custody

Level 3 sex offender Clarence Robinson was apprehended by Minneapolis Police Sunday morning. Read more

Wanted Fugitive Clarence RobinsonDOC Seeks Level 3 Offender

The DOC has issued a warrant for Clarence Robinson (aka Clarence Lee Jones, James Edward Robinson or Maurice Robinson), a level three predatory sex offender. He was last seen in Minneapolis. Read the news release

Warden Michelle Smith receiving the ESGR AwardWarden Supports National Guard Employees

Stillwater warden Michelle Smith has received a Patriot Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).  The award recognizes her support of service member employees. Smith was nominated by a corrections officer Josh Riviere who is serving overseas. More information on ESGR

Web-Based Message System Enhances Security and Helps Offenders

The DOC will begin piloting a secure web-based messaging system for offenders at the Oak Park Heights and Shakopee prisons this week. The pilot program will allow family and friends to send messages to offenders through a secure website. The system will significantly lower contraband introduced into the facilities and allow for better surveillance and monitoring of offender correspondence. 

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Family and Friends:

Set Up an Account

Call for Entries for Art of Recovery

Art of Recovery BannerThe eighth annual Art of Recovery is looking for Minnesotans of all ages who have used the arts to respond, explore, express, or heal from a crime to submit their visual art or literary work to the annual art exhibition.  The hope is for those who have used artwork to express their experience with crime will submit their work to help heighten public awareness about crime victims, whether they consider themselves to be “artists” or not.  The annual Art of Recovery exhibition will be open on Friday, April 20, 2012, to commemorate Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and remain on display until Friday, June 29, 2012.  Entries must be submitted by 4:30 on Monday, November 14, 2011, to be entered into the exhibition.  To learn more about the Art of Recovery, view previous exhibitions, or submit your art into the exhibition go to http://www.arts.state.mn.us/aor/.

Closing the Gap Conference Announced

The Closing the Gap Conference brings institution case management and field services personnel together to problem solve and talk about common concerns, issues, and interests in the field of corrections. This year, the conference will be in collaboration with Department of Human Services child support workers. The conference will emphasize the importance of the elements of the LSI-R and Transition from Prison to the Community model.

The Closing the Gap Conference is scheduled for November 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kelly Inn, St. Cloud, Minnesota. 

Red Wing Warden Kath Halvorson


Halvorson Named Red Wing Warden

Kathy Halvorson has been named warden of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing - the first woman in 122 years to hold the position. Her first day is Oct. 4. Read more

Warden Otis Zanders


Zanders Announces Retirement

After leading the home for Minnesota’s most serious juvenile offenders for 15 years, Warden Otis Zanders has announced his retirement. Zanders will end his tenure at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing on Oct. 3. Read more

DOC K-9 officers and national trophies

K-9 Officers Receive Top Honors at Nationals

The DOC K9 officers have won the first place department team award at K9 Nationals!!

Final Results

News Release

K-9 Decoy demonstrating apprehension event

2011 K-9 National Trials


Pics (updated 9/23)

Daily Recaps (updated with final results)

Five DOC K-9 officers are participating in the U.S. Police Canine Association National Police Dog Trials, September 18-23, in Detroit Lakes.

The K-9 teams will compete in six events: obedience, suspect search, article search, agility, criminal apprehension, and criminal apprehension with gun fire.

Lois Freiermuth


Freiermuth Recognized with Counselor of the Year Award

DOC employee Lois Freiermuth is the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH)’s Counselor of the Year. As a corrections program therapist at Lino Lakes prison, Freiermuth works with chemically dependent and addicted offenders as they prepare to return to the community.

Click here for more information about MAARCH.

Agent using computer

Career Agent Applications Accepted

Applications for promotion to the corrections agent, career class will be accepted October 3-28, 2011. Interested employees should submit applications to their direct supervisors. For more information on the requirements and application process, click here. Contact Rena Patterson in Field Services, 507-457-6477 or Kelly Alexander in Human Resources, 651-361-7318 with questions.


Warden Kent Grandlienard


Granlienard Named Oak Park Heights Warden

Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy has selected Kent Grandlienard as the new warden of the Oak Park Heights maximum security prison.

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Eve DeBaere and Deputy Commissioner Rich Crawford

2011 DOC Agent of the Year Announced

The 2011 Corrections Agent of the Year is Eve DeBaere, Marshall District. “Eve is a leader in her field, always doing what she can to better the lives of the offenders and her leadership in working with and training fellow agents is invaluable to the Department of Corrections,” Commissioner Tom Roy said. Watch a YouTube video of the award presentation on August 22.

The Corrections Agent of the Year Award is presented annually in conjunction with Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week, this year August 21-27.

Warden Jessica Symmes


Warden Symmes to Retire

Warden Jessica Symmes is retiring from the maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights. View news release

Togo Warden Gino Anselmo


Anselmo to Head Togo Facility

Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy has selected Gino Anselmo as the new Superintendent of the MCF-Togo. View news release

K-9 officer with Commissioner Roy

K-9 Officers Tops at Regional Trial

MCF-Lino Lakes canine officers recently took top honors at the police dog recertification trials in Minneapolis. Canine Officers Mike Langerman and Rick Jennings teamed up with handlers from the Lino Lakes Police Department and the DNR and received the Top Team trophy. This was the fourth year the team has placed first. Jennings also took first place overall with a score of 692.133 out of 700 possible points. More than 90 police dog teams from all over Minnesota participated in the event.

Fugitive Gregory Smith: Captured

Fugitive Apprehended

The DOC Fugitive Unit and the Minneapolis Police have captured Gregory Smith.

See news release for more information.

K-9 Officer Jamin Leuzzo and his partner

Video Features DOC K-9 Officer

MCF-Moose Lake K-9 Corrections Officer Misspelled WordJamin Misspelled WordLeuzzo and his dog Misspelled WordChachi recently competed in the United States Police Canine Association's Canine Certifications in Woodbury, MN.

Congratulations to Misspelled WordLeuzzo and the seven other K-9 officers involved in this important and prestigious work.

Watch a short video

Wardens John King and Michelle Smith

Lino Lakes and Stillwater Wardens Named

Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy has selected John King as warden of the Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF)-Lino Lakes and Michelle Smith as warden of the MCF-Stillwater.

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Corrections Officer


Corrections Employee Recognition Week

May 2-6 is DOC Employee Recognition Week. For pictures of our professional employees at work, click here.

New Website Introduced as Part of National Crime Victims' Rights Week

National Crime Victims Rights Week 2011 logoThe DOC unveiled the Minnesota CHOICE website on April 12 as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). The site connects victims to a database, which allows them to be notified of an offender’s custody status. Victims and advocates can create an account by going to www.minnesotachoice.com or calling the DOC Victim Assistance Program at 1-800-657-3830. The site also connects users to other victim resources.

Held April 10-16, NCVRW brings together crime victims and survivors, and those who serve them, to promote victims’ rights and services, and to educate communities about the devastating impact of crime.

Offender Jack Frazier

Level 3 Fugitive Apprehended

The DOC Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) has captured its second level 3 offender in two weeks. Jack Frazier was apprehended on Friday by the FAU, the Duluth Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service in the Norton Park neighborhood of Duluth. Frazier had been on supervised release in Hennepin County before absconding on February 17.

Tom Roy

Commissioner Roy Featured in Star Tribune

A feature story about Commissioner Tom Roy was in the April 8 Star Tribune. "I fully accept the notion that people can change. Having been in the business as long as I have, I actually have witnessed those changes in people, getting their lives in order, moving beyond their offending behaviors. " Roy said. Read the full article.

Ribbon Cutting

Veterans Housing Opens

The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) recently held a grand opening for the newly remodeled Duluth Veterans’ Place. The two buildings will provide office space for MACV, as well as transitional and permanent housing for veterans and their families. Two DOC Institution/Community Work Crew (ICWC)-Affordable Housing Project crews provided over 8,150 hours of work on the project during the past year. Pictured at the grand opening are Senator Amy Klobuchar, Duluth Mayor Don Ness, and Kathy Vitalis and Durbin Keeney from the MACV.

Ahmed Adam


Teacher of the Year Named

MCF-Stillwater teacher Ahmed Adam has been named the Minnesota Correctional Education Association’s teacher of the year.

Education programming is available in all Minnesota prisons. Studies show many positive impacts of offender education—most importantly, a lower rate of re-offense.

Mural created by Shakopee offenders and teenage children


Offenders and Teens Create Mural for Shakopee

Offenders in the Shakopee women’s prison parenting program and their teenage children recently completed a mural that will be displayed in the facility. Through a grant, a local artist helped develop the project to represent what the parenting program means to those involved. The mural, which was painted by group members, shows two hands laying the bricks of a home and says, “Families building foundations one brick at a time.”

Warden Eddie Miles


Eddie Miles Named St. Cloud Warden

Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy has announced the selection of Eddie Miles as warden of the Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF)-St. Cloud. For more information, click here.

Movie 360 being shot at Stillwater Prison

Movie Scenes Filmed at Stillwater Prison

The movie 360, starring Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz, Ben Foster, and Jude Law, filmed scenes outside the MCF-Stillwater on February 22. Pictured are location scout Tobias Shapiro (front left), Warden John King (front right), and Director Fernando Meirelles (facing forward in back).

Corrections Commissioner Tom RoyNew Corrections Commissioner Named

Tom Roy has been named commissioner of the Minnesota  Department of Corrections by Governor Mark Dayton. Roy began work January 31. Prior to being named commissioner, he served as director of Arrowhead Regional Corrections in Northeastern Minnesota. For more information, click here.


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