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.
MCF-SHK is also the only prison in Minnesota without a perimeter fence or wall. Even given the lack of a secure perimeter, there have been a very low number of escapes or attempted escapes, the last being in 1997 by a young teen who wished to attend a free Smashing Pumpkins concert.
MCF-SHK is home to a chemical dependency treatment unit, a program that promotes and teaches good parenting skills (where children can stay with their mothers in a special parenting living unit on a Friday night once a month), 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.