Minnesota Department of Corrections

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Suicide note allegedly part of Stillwater prison breakout scheme

    It wasn't as cunning as The Great Escape, but who can say it wasn't bold?A Stillwater Prison inmate is accused of causing a weeklong lockdown after officials were tipped off to his plan to bust out

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Warrant issued for on-the-loose sex offender with an epic mullet [PHOTO]

    Yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Corrections issued an alert about Rommel Fritz, a level three predatory sex offender who has been on the loose since Sunday. A warrant is out for his arrest.SEE ALSO: Mugshot of man allegedly responsible for NoDak pack of dogs attack is a classic [PHOTO] Fritz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Steven Johnson accused of murdering wife in St. Paul, dismembering her with saw [UPDATE]

    :::: UPDATE AT BOTTOM OF POST ::::Original post published 11:57 a.m. on January 8 -- The body of 32-year-old Manya Johnson was found yesterday in a White Bear Lake garage, and Steven Johnson, 35, has been arrested in connection with her homicide.SEE ALSO: Carl Muggli, alleged totem pole killer, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Minnesota prison term lengths on the rise as crime falls

    SEE ALSO:-- Michael Biskey, south Mpls resident, could get 10 years for having a bunch of pot in his garage-- Shakopee women's prison houses 79 murderers, is across street from elementary school, has no fence-- Twin Cities 4th-most peaceful metro; Minnesota 4th-most peaceful state, study finds [GRAP ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    CeCe McDonald to serve out sentence in male prison

    Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, the transgender woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter last month, will remain in a male prison for the duration of her sentence, despite safety concerns from her attorneys and supporters. Minnesota prisons do follow transgender placement guidelines that c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    CeCe McDonald to be incarcerated in male prison -- at least for now [VIDEO]

    Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter last month, will be incarcerated in a male prison, at least for now. McDonald was arrested last summer for fatally stabbing Dean Alvin Schmitz outside the Schooner Tavern in South Minneapolis. The Hennep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Native Mob takedown by feds shuts down Minnesota prisons

    For more on the Native Mob, read our November 9 cover story, "The Banishing."​All Minnesota prisons were shut down from 4 a.m Tuesday to 5 a.m. yesterday morning as part of a federally orchestrated, multi-jurisdictional takedown on members of the Native Mob gang. In total, 24 suspected Nativ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Roderick Hamiltion, Level 3 sex offender, on the loose

    A Level 3 sex offender is on the loose after he cut his GPS bracelet and walked away from his Hennepin County halfway house on Saturday night.Roderick Hamilton is on the loose after cutting his GPS bracelet​According to a Minnesota Department of Corrections press release, Roderick Lamoryne Hamilto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Clarence Robinson, fugitive sex offender, on the run for a second time

    Clarence Robinson moseys into fugitive status yet again.​The Minnesota Department of Corrections is asking locals to keep their eyes peeled for Clarence Robinson, who is on the lam for the second time in his criminal career. This guy is quite the escape artist. His method of choice: Walking casual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Gregory Larsin arrested for fatal hit-and-run of 78-year in St. Paul

    Minnesota Department of CorrectionsNo heart.​Gregory Larsin wasn't being reasonable when he allegedly ran over 78-year old Roger Tetu in St. Paul's Dayton's Bluff neighborhood on Tuesday, and decided to drive off with a shattered windshield. And he wasn't being reasonable when he refused to turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Prison inmates prepare Minnesota for potentially record-breaking floods

    rian_beanPrison inmates are doing battle with old man river.​After record-breaking snowfalls all winter, warmer weather has riverside communities scrambling to prepare for some very serious flooding. St. Paul officials are predicting as many as 2,200 people could be forced to evacuate downtow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Eugene Glaraton, fugitive sex offender, spotted near Rosedale Shopping Center

    Eugene Glaraton has been on the run for almost two weeks.​A fugitive retrieval team from the Minnesota Department of Corrections reports that Eugene Glaraton, a level-3 sex offender on the lam, has been spotted near the Rosedale mall. Glaraton was released from prison into intensive supervision ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Pennsylvania convicts may be exported to Minnesota

    The state of Pennsylvania's prison system is overflowing, and some of its convicts may be coming to Minnesota.

  • News

    August 3, 2005

    Exiled Off Main Street

    Rural and suburban communities have resisted housing sex offenders. A new program aims to change that.

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2005
  • Arts

    July 7, 2004

    Bury the Truth at Wounded Knee

    Dennis Bankss new memoirand the murder that wont go away

  • News

    January 28, 2004

    Capitol Offenses

    State legislators are poised for a spending spree--on stadiums and prisons

  • News

    March 13, 2002

    Throwing Away the Key

    There is no cure and no way out. So why does the state spend more than $20 million a year to treat 179 former sex offenders?

  • Books

    May 9, 2001

    Safe Harbor?

    The Salvation Army plans to house prison inmates in a work-release program at its Minneapolis shelter

  • Books

    October 20, 1999

    Collect Call

    Minnesota could find itself writing checks to hundreds of prisoners--thanks to a jailhouse lawyer with an eye for detail

  • News

    July 7, 1999

    Life Sentences

    Teaching Minnesota's student prisoners reveals the power of the pen

  • Books

    October 7, 1998

    Medic Alert

    Apparently imprisonment isn't sufficient punishment--witness the state's new money-saving deal for inmate health care

  • News

    March 19, 1997

    Throw Away the Key--For Less!

    Corrections Corporation of America is a darling of Wall Street and the country's largest private prison company. Now it wants to run Minnesota's newest prison.

  • News

    September 4, 1996