Minnesota Correctional Facility – Shakopee

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Minnesota Correctional Facility – Shakopee
Location1010 6th Ave W
Shakopee, Minnesota
Statusopen
Security classmixed
Capacity600
Opened1986
Managed byMinnesota Department of Corrections
WardenKathy Halvorson[1]

The Minnesota Correctional Facility – Shakopee (MCF-SHK) is a women-only state prison in Minnesota, USA.[1]

Constructed in 1986 and located in Shakopee, Scott County, it is Minnesota's only facility for housing female offenders.[2]

MCF-SHK is home to 500+ women of all five custody levels. The Facility consists of ten buildings, including six inmate living areas (including a chemical dependency treatment unit, parenting unit and education unit), a mental health unit and a segregation facility, an industries building, and administration and engineering related buildings.

The prison previously had no perimeter fence or wall, only a hedge surrounding the property until 2016. This was after a bonding bill passed by the legislature of Minnesota in 2014 allowing for the erection of a twelve foot fence to surround the prison. Despite previously having no fence or wall only eight prisoners have been able to escape but all were later caught.[2]

MCF-SHK is home to a chemical dependency treatment unit, a program that promotes and teaches good parenting skills, and was formerly home to a work-release style program for women. Cosmetology, office support classes, as well as several college courses are also offered to the women. MCF-SHK also has a service dog training program where women train dogs to become service dogs.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Minnesota Correctional Facility - Shakopee".
  2. ^ a b Gilbert, Curtis (May 20, 2014). "Shakopee women's prison to finally get a fence". MPR News. Retrieved May 23, 2015.

Coordinates: 44°47′24″N 93°32′18″W / 44.79000°N 93.53833°W / 44.79000; -93.53833