Minnesota Correctional Facility – Faribault

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Minnesota Correctional Facility – Faribault (MCF-Faribault)
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LocationFaribault, Minnesota
Coordinates44°16′56″N 93°15′16″W / 44.28222°N 93.25444°W / 44.28222; -93.25444
Security classminimum(2)–medium(3/4)
Population2,143 (as of July 27, 2018)
Managed byMinnesota Department of Corrections
WardenTracy Beltz

The Minnesota Correctional Facility – Faribault is a state prison located in Faribault, Minnesota. As of August, 2010, it had an adult inmate population of about 2,000 men,[2] making it the largest prison in Minnesota by population. As of November 2020, the inmate population was 1,835.[3]

The facility is built on land that has managed and maintained care dating back to 1879 when it was founded as, "Minnesota Experimental School for the Feeble Minded." This included children who were, "Deaf and Dumb and the blind." In 1882 it expanded its population to 50 students and again grew in 1887 to 303 students.[4] In 1894, the location added a school for girls (130 students) called, "Sunnyside" (later changed to Chippewa). In 1895, the school for girls expanded to 160 and added a zoo and merry-go-arounds on campus (total population 500 in 1896). 1898 brought the first Psychologist ever employed in an Institution, A.R.T. Wylie, with many publishing being written in the Journal of Psycho-Asthenics.[5] In the year 1900, a hospital opened on the location changing its name to "Oaks" which specialized for epileptic boys by 1901 (total population 889 in 1902).[6] By 1904 there were 500 beds for boys and girls who were placed in the hospital, including 28 beds for children struggling with Tuberculosis in 1905.[7]

Due to a number of deaths in the facility, they created a cemetery on the south of the main campus with the first residential burial taking place in 1905.[8] The cemetery is still running and currently cared for by a population of inmates who currently reside at MCF-Faribault.

In 1909, 507 acres of farmland was purchased for expansion of the facilities. In 1913 tunnels (which are still accessible) and ceiling tracks were installed to make deliveries and travel from building-to-building without going outside.[9] Expansion was made nearly every few years, adding new buildings (which most still exists and are used by staff and inmates). By 1955, the population of the new Faribault State Hospital was 3355 as well as 639 staff. 1968 brought a close to the working farm on the facility and many buildings closed as a result of losing population. And in 1985 Faribault State Hospital (1970–1985) changed its name to "Faribault Regional Center." In 1987, The State Legislature authorized a bill for MN Corrections to take over FRC grounds. The model for caring for mentally disadvantaged had changed to a more community-based help and support system.[10]

The prison was officially established in 1989 on the 140-acre (57 ha) campus of a former state mental hospital.[11] Between 2005 and 2008, the Minnesota legislature funded a $129 million expansion and modernization program, which included the construction of four new 416-bed living units.[12][13][14] The prison's medium-security inmates are now primarily housed within these four large "K" buildings, so called because each building consists of four wings in a "K" configuration around a central control rotunda, with each two-story wing capable of housing 104 inmates in two-bunk cells.

The expansion of the Faribault prison was a primary cause of the state's decreased reliance upon a private prison in Appleton, Minnesota.[15] Corrections Corporation of America closed the 1,600-bed Appleton prison in 2010.[16][17]

MCF-Faribault has educational facilities for GED and adult basic education, and provides education in construction trades such as flooring, drywall, and woodworking. The facility also houses a MINNCOR prison industry facility providing contract labor to outside vendors as well as a line of institutional and library furniture. The 180 bed "New Dimensions" chemical dependency treatment program provides a 6-12 month treatment program for alcohol and other drug-dependent offenders. The minimum security unit, outside of the main prison's medium-security double fence, provides housing and supervision for community work crews.

Notable inmates[edit]

  • Harvey Carignan
  • Donald Blom: A registered sex offender involved in five cases of kidnapping and sexual assault prior to his current murder charge, he is suspected of being a serial killer by case investigators.[18]


  1. ^ "Performance Report, Fiscal Year 2010" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Corrections. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  2. ^ "Daily Inmate Profile" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Corrections. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  3. ^ https://coms.doc.state.mn.us/tourreport/09FacilityInmateProfile.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ https://ishare.doc.state.mn.us/sites/fac/frb/Faribault%20History/Faribault%20Regional%20Center/FRC%20Timeline%20leading%20to%20creation%20of%20FRB.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ https://ishare.doc.state.mn.us/sites/fac/frb/Faribault%20History/Faribault%20Regional%20Center/FRC%20Historical%20Highlights.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ https://ishare.doc.state.mn.us/sites/fac/frb/Faribault%20History/Faribault%20Regional%20Center/FRC%20Timeline%20leading%20to%20creation%20of%20FRB.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ https://ishare.doc.state.mn.us/sites/fac/frb/Faribault%20History/Faribault%20Regional%20Center/FRC%20Historical%20Highlights.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ https://ishare.doc.state.mn.us/sites/fac/frb/Faribault%20History/Faribault%20Regional%20Center/FRC%20Historical%20Highlights.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  9. ^ https://ishare.doc.state.mn.us/sites/fac/frb/Faribault%20History/Faribault%20Regional%20Center/FRC%20Timeline%20leading%20to%20creation%20of%20FRB.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  10. ^ https://ishare.doc.state.mn.us/sites/fac/frb/Faribault%20History/Faribault%20Regional%20Center/FRC%20Historical%20Highlights.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  11. ^ Giles, Kevin (2008-09-30). "Bigger, safer, stronger: A prison for the future". Star Tribune (Minneapolis). Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  12. ^ "2005 Bonding Bill". Minnesota Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  13. ^ "2006 Bonding Bill". Minnesota Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  14. ^ "2008 Bonding Bill". Minnesota Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  15. ^ Havens, Chris (2009-11-23). "Minnesota may use private prison in Appleton". Star Tribune (Minneapolis). Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  16. ^ "CCA Announces Closure of Prairie Correctional Facility". Corrections Corporation of America. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  17. ^ "Prairie Correctional Facility". Corrections Corporation of America. Archived from the original on 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  18. ^ "Cold Case: Is Donald Blom a Serial Killer?". 20 November 2006.

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Coordinates: 44°16′56″N 93°15′16″W / 44.28222°N 93.25444°W / 44.28222; -93.25444