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Jails Past and Present

A Historical View of Jail Operations  

1995 Jail

1923 Jail

1890 Jail

 

1995 Jail

1923 Jail

1890 Jail

 

St. Louis County provides a safe, secure and professionally operated Jail.  The Sheriff and Jail Administrator oversee a 197 bed jail in Duluth as well as two 72 hour lockup facilities on the Range.  The Hibbing lockup can accommodate 8 inmates and the Virginia lockup can hold 12 inmates.  These facilities consistently exceed Department of Corrections requirements and attempt to meet the growing needs of the State Court, Department of Corrections, Public Defender's Office, County Attorney's Office and other area stakeholders.

In addition, the St. Louis County Jail provides a safe, secure and clean facility for the citizens of St. Louis County. The St. Louis County Jail is an integral part of the criminal justice system; they cooperate with other agencies, share training resources, promote mutual respect and welcome community involvement. 

Current Jail Facility 1979 Jail Population 1941 Prisoner Cost 1923 Jail 1907 Jail Interior Photos 1898 County Jail 1891 Prisoner Boarding 1890 Jail 1889 Jail Stats Pre-1890 Information 1888 Expenses Construction Overview

EXPENSES OF THE COUNTY JAILS OF THE STATE

“In 1888, the lowest rate per prisoner was in St. Louis county - $241, and the highest in Faribault county - $1,296.”  (The expense per prisoner included board and washing; fuel; and jailers’ salaries.) 

Source: excerpt from the Fourth Biennial Report – State Board of Corrections and Charities – dated October 31, 1890 

Cost of Maintaining Prisoners in County Jails of Minnesota for the year 1888,  Excluding Expenditures for Repairs, Interest on Plant and Sheriff’s Fees Cost of Maintaining Prisoners in County Jails of Minnesota for the year 1889,  Excluding Expenditures for Repairs, Interest on Plant and Sheriff’s Fees
Average No. of Prisoners: 26.6        Average No. of Prisoners: 28.8
Boarding prisoners: 5,545        Boarding prisoners: 6,010
Jailer’s salary: 720        Jailer’s salary:  960

Estimated cost of heating jail:

150       

Estimated cost of heating jail: 238
Washing: 0        Washing: 121
Total: 6,415        Total:  7,329
Yearly cost per prisoner: $241        Yearly cost per prisoner: $254
Weekly cost per prisoner: $4.60        Weekly cost per prisoner: $4.87

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