ACLU of Minnesota

450 North Syndicate Avenue, Suite 325
St. Paul, MN 55104 Phone: (651) 645-4097         Fax: (651) 647-5948 Email: support@aclu-mn.org
Website: www.aclu-mn.org

  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota fights to protect the civil liberties of Minnesotans through litigation, public education, and lobbying related to legislation that impacts civil liberties and civil rights. ACLU of Minnesota works to reform the criminal justice system and make the promise of fair treatment a reality for all people. The ACLU of Minnesota handles various types of prisoner cases, including post-conviction, habeas corpus, and prison conditions, only if they present a Bill of Rights violation. Survivors of sexual abuse in detention can contact the ACLU of Minnesota by mail at the address above. All ACLU of Minnesota services are free.

InnerChange Freedom Initiative
Lino Lakes Correctional Facility
7525 4th Avenue
Lino Lakes, Minnesota 55014
Phone: (651) 717-6726        
Fax: (651) 717-6725 Contact: Holly Wicklund, Director Email: holly_wicklund@pfm.org Minnesota IFI Director:John Byrne
Reentry Manager: Richard DeYoung Website: http://www.ifiprison.org/state-programs/minnesota

  • Operates re-entry program for male prisoners upon release; provides resources to prisoners and families of prisoners
  • MCF-Lino Lakes is a medium security facility. The program gives preference to offenders nearing release but is also available for offenders with longer sentences. Reentry programming is tailored to meet individual release plans for members including transfer to minimum, half-way or parole.
  • Located at the Lino Lakes Correctional Facility on the North edge of the Twin Cities, the program started the first class of 47 men in July 2002 and has capacity for up to 200.

Minnesota State Bar Lawyer Referral System
600 Nicolett Mall #380
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Toll-free: (800) 292-4152
Website: www.mnfindalawyer.com

  • The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Lawyer Referral System operates mnfindalawyer.com, a free online lawyer search and referral service. Its purpose is to assist in finding a lawyer to provide advice on legal problems. All members of the Lawyer Referral System are licensed attorneys in Minnesota and are members in good standing of the Minnesota State Bar. Lawyers who are part of the mnfindalawyer.com program agree to provide a free 30-minute initial consultation, either by phone or in person. If your problem requires work beyond this time, and you decide to hire the lawyer, be sure to discuss any additional fees. An attorney bases his/her fee on the time and type of work involved, the difficulty in solving the problem and your needs as the client. LRS encourages you to ask for a written fee agreement before you proceed with any legal work beyond the first 30-minute consultation. All Lawyer Referral Services are free.

Minnesota Department of Corrections, Office of Special Investigations
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 200
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108-5219
Phone: (651) 642-0419

  • The mission of the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) is to provide the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) with a variety of coordinated investigative services. Allegations of serious misconduct by DOC employees are investigated by the OSI to determine whether the allegations are substantiated. The goal of these services is to aid in accomplishing the department's primary purpose - protection of the public. It is the responsibility of the department to manage its correctional facilities and community programs in an environment that respects and enforces lawful conduct by visitors, offenders, and staff. Criminal activity by institution visitors or offenders is vigorously investigated. Prisoners who have been sexually assaulted in a Minnesota DOC facility can contact the Office of Special Investigations by writing to the address above to report the assault and any concerns regarding the handling of investigations into such abuse.

180 Degrees Inc 236 Clifton Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55304 Phone: (612) 813-5000 Email: jake@180degrees.org Website: http://www.180degrees.org

  • Alternate Housing for Adult Males Only, Counseling, Counseling - Case Management, Department of Corrections, Facility Based (Inside) Reentry Program, Housing - Transitional with Support, Housing with Meals, Spec Services - Ex-offender

Amicus, Inc.
15 South 5th Street, Suite 1100
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1062 Phone: (612) 348-8570 Fax: (612) 348-6782 Email: staff@amicususa.org Website: http://www.amicususa.org/

  • Amicus is a Minnesota not-for-profit organization with over 41 years of experience in improving public safety by helping inmates and ex-offenders through positive relationship-building, restorative justice practices and individualized transition services.
  • Through innovative programming, Amicus helps inmates and ex-offenders reshape their lives, reach their goals, and make successful transitions from prison into the community. All of the Amicus programs are relationship-based, community-driven, culturally specific and outcome-oriented.
  • Advocacy, Housing - Residential Homes, Job Readiness, Other, Substance Abuse Treatment Program

St. Paul Office Radius
c/o Community Corrections Department of Juvenile Division
555 Park Street, Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Phone: (651)266-1617 

Christian Restoration Services Inc. 7964 Brooklyn Boulevard Suite 117
Minneapolis, MN  55445 Phone: (763) 566-2888 Email: marcell0797@msn.com Website: www.christianrestorationservices.org

Community Justice Project 1001 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55407-0509 Phone: (612) 721-8687 Website: http://www.gmcc.org

  • The Community Justice Project partners mentors with newly released inmates and helps them reconnect to the community in healthy ways. The mentors help ex-offenders navigate through social service and government channels and offer practical advice on job hunting and interviews, budgeting, and housing issues.

Correctional Transition Services Inc 2308 Dowling Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55412 Phone: (612) 588-7530 Email: paulk@ctsihome.org Website: www.ctsihome.org

Council on Crime and Justice 822 South 3rd Street Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN  55415 Phone: (612) 348-7874 Email: bischoffm@crimeandjustice.org Website: www.crimeandjustice.org

  • Advocacy, Case Work, Counseling - Family Services, Men's Support Group

Damascus Way 5730 Olson Memorial Highway
Minneapolis, MN  55422 Phone: (763) 545-6558 Fax: (763) 545-7672 Email: weshard@covad.net Website: http://www.gmaeministries.org

  • Alternate Housing for Adult Males Only, Housing - Apartments, ReEntry Help Center

Inner Change Freedom Initiative Lino Lakes Correctional Facility 7525 4th Avenue
Lino Lakes, MN  55014 Phone: (651) 717-6726 Website: http://www.ifiprison.org

  • Inner Change Freedom Initiative is a faith-based program that operates in prisons. It is an intensive bible-based program that includes substance abuse, GED, and computer training and begins 18 to 24 months before an inmate is released and continues 6 to 12 months after the inmate has returned to the community. This program operates out of the Lino Lakes Correctional Facility.

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) LAMP Clinic
875 Summit Avenue, Room 254
St. Paul, MN  55105 Phone: (615) 290-8651 Fax: (651) 290-6406 Email: brad.colbert@wmitchell.edu Website: http://www.wmitchell.edu/Legal-Practice-Center/Clinics/LAMP/

  • Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners represents inmates and ex-inmates in civil cases. LAMP is a clinic at William Mitchell College of Law; law students, supervised by licensed attorneys, will do the actual representation.

Mediation Services of Anoka County 2520 Coon Rapids Boulevard, Suite 100
Coon Rapids, MN  55433 Phone: (763) 422-8878 Fax: (763) 422-0808 Email: cassiez@mediationservice.org Website: www.mediationservice.org

  • Counseling - Mediation Services, Department of Corrections, Facilitator, Juvenile Resources for probation clients, Restorative Justice - P.A.C.T., Restorative Justice Community, Restorative Justice Family Circles, Restorative Justice with Crime Victims, Spec Services - Ex-offender

United Way Email: gbarbato@mn.rr.com Website: www.211unitedway.org

  • Advocacy - Legal Assistance, Alternate Housing for Adult Males Only, Basics - Clothing, Basics - Deaf Services, Basics - Emergency Food, Basics - Help with Identification, Basics - Transportation, Case Work, Children/Youth Assistance-the Invisible Victims, Counseling, Counseling - Domestic Violence Services, Counseling - Parenting Classes, Dental Clinic, Education - Services, Education - Tutoring, Emergency Shelter, Employer, Facilitator, Family Restoration, Grants, HIV/Medical Clinic, Housing - Apartments, Job Readiness, Men's Support Group, Mentoring, Ministry Development, ReEntry Help Center, Resource Recruitment, Restorative Justice with Crime Victims, Social/Friendships, Spec Services - Physically Disabled, Substance Abuse - Group, Substance Abuse Treatment Program, Vocation Training, Women's Issues, Women's Support Group

Wilder Foundation 919 Lafond Avenue St. Paul, MN Phone: (651) 917-6225 Website: www.wilder.org

Wilder JobsFirst St. Paul, MN   Phone: (612) 644-8404 Contact: Kate Ellefson Email: cme@wilder.org Website: http://www.wilder.org/317.0.html

  • JobsFirst is a program that serves offenders residing in, or being released from, correctional institutions at Lino Lakes, Oak Park Heights, Rush City, Shakopee, Stillwater, and St. Cloud. The purpose of the program is to strengthen offenders' ability to realistically plan for the transition from prison to the community and to increase their chances of becoming self-sufficient upon release.

Minnesota Department of Labor Lafayette Road North St. Paul, MN Phone: (651) 284-5005, ext. 443 Website: www.doli.state.mn.us

Grace Prison Ministry P.O. Box 44053 Eden Prairie, MN Phone: (612) 242-7832

Families & Offender United Project 822 South 3rd Street, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN Phone: (612) 348-7874 Website: www.crimeandjustice.org

Project Re-Entry 1001 East Lake Street  Minneapolis, MN Phone: (612) 721-8687 Website: www.gmcc.org

US Department of Justice List of Free Legal Service Providers for Immigration Cases http://www.usdoj.gov/eoir/probono/freelglchtMN.htm

Innocence Project of Minnesota 1536 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104  Email: eapplebaum@ipmn.org  Website: www.ipmn.org/ 

  • Actual innocence claims, with a lengthy prison term remaining. Cases involving DNA and other scientific evidence, as well as others in which credible evidence of innocence exists. 

MINNESOTA LEGAL SERVICES COALITION 46 East 4th Street, Suite 900
St. Paul, MN 55101  Phone: (612) 228-9105 

 

  • May consider taking cases on pro bono basis 

MINNESOTA CURE
P.O. Box 28325
Minneapolis, MN 55428  Email: MNCURE@go.com 

  • CURE has two goals: One, to use prisons only for those who have to be in them; and two, for those who must be in them, to provide the prisoners all the rehabilitative opportunities necessary to turn their lives around. 

Corporation for Supportive Housing Minnesota Program
Corporation for Supportive Housing
2801 21st Avenue South, Suite 230
Minneapolis, MN 55407 Phone: (612) 721-3700 Contact: George Stone, Program Director
Email: mn@csh.org

Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative Grant Phone: (612) 728-7507 Contact: David Ellis

  • The Minnesota Department of Corrections reentry initiative will provide institutional and community-based transition services to offenders ages 16-34 from Hennepin County. The initiative will include employment assistance and training, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, sex offender treatment, restorative justice programming, incentive-based programming, housing assistance, community support services, life skills training, victim advocacy services, family support services, and intensive case management. For more information, read this grantee's work plan: http://www.reentry.gov/sar/pdf/wp1_mn.pdf.

National Hire Network Minnesota Website: http://www.hirenetwork.org/admin/clearinghouse.php?state_id=MN

  • Highly useful website with links, information, and resources on employment, reentry, criminal records, legal services, probation, parole and more.

Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights Refugee & Asylum Project
310 4th Avenue South, Suite 1000
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1016
Phone: (612) 341-3302
Fax: (612) 341-2971
Intake Phone: (612) 341-9845 Website: http://www.umn.edu/humanrts/mnadvocates
Counties Served: Statewide
Case Types: Immigration, Individual Rights
Other Case Types: Asylum
Case Restrictions: Legitimate asylum claim

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota, Inc.
P.O. Box 714
Moorhead, MN 56561-0714
Phone: (218) 233-8585
Fax: (218) 233-8586
Intake Phone: (800) 450-8585 Email: legalaid@lsnmlaw.org
Case Types: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Individual Rights, Juvenile, Public Benefits, Wills

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Program
132 North Broadway
Albert Lea, MN 56007-2401
Phone: (507) 377-7401
Fax: (866) 573-2954
Intake Phone: (888) 575-2954 Email: debi.finseth@smrls.org
Counties Served: Freeborn, Mower, Rice, Steele
Case Types: Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Elder Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigration, Individual Rights, Public Benefits, Real Estate, Wills

Volunteer Lawyers Network
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390A
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1039
Phone: (612) 752-6655
Fax: (612) 752-6656
Intake Phone: (612) 752-6677 Email: vln@hcba.org Website: http://www.volunteerlawyersnetwork.org
Counties Served: Hennepin
Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Community Economic Development, Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigration, Juvenile, Real Estate, Torts, Wills
Case Restrictions: Financial eligibility is 125% of poverty level for full representation, 187.5% for phone advice and 300% for community clinics - advice only. Must be resident of Hennepin County or case is in Hennepin County, except bankruptcy, which we do statewide.

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota
204 Northwest 1st Avenue Suite 7
Grand Rapids, MN 55744-2749
Phone: (218) 326-6695
Fax: (218) 326-2298
Intake Phone: (800) 708-6695 Website: http://lasnem.org
Counties Served: Itasca, Koochiching
Case Types: Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Individual Rights, Juvenile, Public Benefits

Legal Assistance of Olmsted County Volunteer Attorney Program
1812 2nd Street Southwest
Rochester, MN 55902-4127
Phone: (507) 287-2036
Fax: (507) 287-2035
Intake Phone: (507) 287-2036 Email: laoc@sparc.isl.net Website: http://legalassistanceofolmstedcounty.org
Counties Served: Olmsted
Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Community Economic Development, Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Individual Rights, Juvenile, Public Benefits, Real Estate, Termination of Parental Rights, Torts, Wills
Case Restrictions: Clients must meet the federal poverty guidelines to be eligible for services.

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota
235 6th Street
Pine City, MN 55063-1424
Phone: (320) 629-7166
Fax: (320) 629-0185
Intake Phone: (800) 382-7166 Email: mmaciejeski@lasnem.org
Counties Served: Kanabec, Pine
Case Types: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Individual Rights, Public Benefits
Case Restrictions: Priority guidelines based on case/intake volume, staff availability and LASNEM policy.

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Program
46 4th Street East, Suite 300
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1113
Phone: (612) 222-5863
Fax: (612) 297-6457
Counties Served: Ramsey
Case Types: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Education, Housing, Individual Rights, Termination of Parental Rights, Torts, Wills

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. Private Bar Involvement Program
166 East 4th Street 200
Mankato, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 228-9823
Fax: (651) 228-9450
Intake Phone: (507) 377-7401 Website: http://smrls.org
Counties Served: Blue Earth, Brown,Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Nicollet, Ramsey, Sibley, Waseca, Watonwan
Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigration, Individual Rights, Public Benefits, Real Estate, Wills
Case Restrictions: Income & asset limits; Citizenship/immigration restrictions; LSC restrictions.

Volunteer Attorney Program
314 West Superior Street, Suite 1000
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 723-4005
Fax: (218) 722-5480
Intake Phone: (218) 723-4005
Email: patty@volunteerattorney.org Website: http://volunteerattorney.org
Counties Served: Carlton, Cook, Itasca , Lake, Saint Louis
Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Community Economic Development, Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Housing, Immigration, Juvenile, Real Estate, Torts, Wills
Other Case Types: Mediation
Case Restrictions: Free civil legal services below 125% of poverty; reduced fee civil legal services to 187% @ $35.00 per hour.

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Program
16174 Main Avenue Southeast
Prior Lake, MN 55372-1765
Phone: (612) 440-1040
Fax: (612) 440-1041
Counties Served: Carver, Scott
Case Types: Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Elder Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Individual Rights, Public Benefits
Case Restrictions: LSC restrictions

Central Minnesota Legal Services--Volunteer Attorney Program
830 West Saint Germain Street
Saint Cloud, MN 56301-3513
Phone: (320) 253-0138
Fax: (320) 253-9208
Intake Phone: (320) 253-0138
Counties Served: Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wright
Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Housing, Individual Rights, Public Benefits, Real Estate, Torts, Wills
Case Restrictions: Usual LSC restrictions apply.

LawHelpMN.org Website: http://www.lawhelp.org/MN/index.cfm/County/%20/City/%20/demoMode/%3D%201...

  • Comprehensive list of legal service providers in Minnesotta.

Minnesota RSOL - Reform Sex Offender Laws Contact: Fima Estrin
Email: estrinyefim@gmail.com
Website: http://estrinyefim.newsvine.com

  • Minnesota RSOL wishes to help organize people in Minnesota who have concerns about modern time criminal laws regarding sex crimes. These laws create a very dangerous environment, society of fear. Finally, we try to create support groups for SO.

Minnesota - MNATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers)
P.O. Box 19060
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Phone: (612) 868-0503 Contact: Michael D. Thompson, M.S.W., Psy.D.
Email: info@drmichaelthompson.com
Website: www.mnatsa.org

University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality Website: http://www.med.umn.edu/fm/phs/about/home.html

  • The Program in Human Sexuality is one of the largest clinical, teaching, and research institutions in the world specializing in human sexuality.
  • A unique sexual offender treatment program with a proven record of success and low recidivism.

Center for Sex Offender Management

  • The highly collaborative agent/therapist treatment model for adult and juvenile sex offenders has been in place since 1985.  Programming includes outpatient sex offender treatment, aftercare treatment, offender support groups, supervision groups, education classes for offenders and classes to educate family, friends and other support persons of offenders.  Day Treatment for developmentally disabled sex offenders is also offered through collaboration with Olmsted County Social Services and a local treatment provider.  Residential placement for DD offenders is offered through collaboration with REM group homes.  All treatment for sex offenders includes group treatment, individual therapy, family sessions (as needed) and the polygraph.

Dodge County
22 6th Street East
Department 252
Mantorville, MN 55955
Fax: (507) 635-6194

Fillmore County
P.O. Box 33
Preston, MN 55965
Fax: (507) 765-5440

Olmsted County
151 4th Street Southeast
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: (507) 328-7200
Fax: (507) 328-7953