Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution

General Prison Information

Official Prison Name: Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution
Prison Code: SST
Prison Type: Federal Correctional Institution
Region: North Central Region
State: Minnesota
Security Level: Low

Contact Information

Here you have the street address and mailing address for Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution. Use the mailing address if you are going to send a letter or package to an inmate at Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the location of the facility.

Mailing Address

Make sure to read over the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section below if you are going to send something to an inmate so that you correctly address the letter or package, and do the right procedure for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct directions, the package or letter could get sent back.

FCI Sandstone
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
Sandstone MN, 55072

Street Address / Prison Location

Use the street address if you plan to visit a prisoner. Be sure to read the Inmate Visitation Procedures and Inmate Visitation Schedule information on this page if you are going to visit an inmate at Sandstone Federal Prison.

Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution
2300 County Rd 29
Sandstone MN, 55072

Phone Number

Federal inmates don’t have telephones, so you won’t be able to call the inmate, however, there are some times when it might be helpful to know the telephone number to the facility.

(320) 245-2262

Fax Number

Federal inmates don’t have fax machines, so you won’t be able to fax inmates, but there are some times when it might be helpful to know the fax number to the prison.

(320) 245-0385 

Email Address

The email address below is the main email for the prison. You cannot reach inmates at this email. If you are going to email a prisoner, read the Inmate Email section on this page.


Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:   1,344 

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner you must follow an exact process to ensure that the email message gets to the inmate.

TRULINCS – Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System

Federal inmates are allowed to email letters only from persons that are on their approved contact list. An federal prisoner has to make a request to send and recieve emails with a person by putting them in their contact list.

All email is monitored. Prison inmates give consent to getting monitored when they agree to participate in the email program. Family and friends of the inmate give their consent to email monitoring when they agree to corresponding with the prisoner and are notified each and every time that they get an email from the prisoner.

When a contact is added to an inmates contact list that person will get an email message which sends them to CorrLink at
CorrLink Inmate Email System

Emails may not jeopardize the public or the security, safety, or operation of the prison. In addition, email cannot exceed 13,000 characters. Email messages that are not consistent with these rules will not get sent.

Inmate Internet Access

Federal prisoners don’t have access to the internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special protocols that you have to follow when sending mail to a prisoner. If you do not then the mail might not make it there.

Before you send anything, make sure to read the links below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility guards do open and read and inspect all received general mail and packages. Received general mail and packages can be read as frequently as deemed necessary to keep security or watch problems regarding inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

This is the proper format for how you have to address a package or letter to a federal prisoner at Sandstone Federal Prison:

FCI Sandstone
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
Sandstone MN, 55072

To read the full Bureau of Prisons Policy on Correspondence, go to: Bureau of Prisons – Correspondence Policy

Inmate Money

Every prison has a Commissary which was created to provide a bank type account for inmate money and for buying things not provided by the facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources can add money into these Commissary accounts by sending it by the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can choose to send prisoners money through the mail and must send it to this address and follow the policies shows below:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Insert Valid Committed Inmate Name
Insert Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number
Post Office Box 474701
Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

The money has to be in a money order that is made out to the prisoner’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You should use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be kept for a 15-day hold period, and during this period the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that don’t have valid prisoner info but only if the envelope has a return address. Cash and checks can’t be accepted for deposit so do not send cash or checks.

Via Western Union Quick Collect Program: Prisoner’s friends and family may also send prisoners money with Western Union’s Quick Collect Program. Money sent to a prisoner using the Western Union Quick Collect Program can be sent by one of these methods:

  1. At Western Union location using cash. In order to locate the closest agent, you should call 1-800-325-6000 or go to
  2. On the phone with a credit/debit card: Call 1-800-634-3422 and select phone prompt option 2.
  3. Online with a credit or debit card: Go to and choose “Quick Collect.”

For every Western Union Quick Collect transaction, all of this info has to be included:

  1. Correct and valid Inmate Eight-Digit Register Number (entered with no spaces or dashes) followed immediately by Inmate’s Last Name
  2. Committed Inmate Full Name entered on Attention Line
  3. Code City: FBOP, DC

If the wrong register number and/or name are used and accepted and sent to the wrong inmate, funds might not be returned.

For additional info about how to send a prisoner money, check out the official Bureau of Prisons website:
Bureau of Prisons – Inmate Money

Inmate Locator

Inmates are often transported to different prisons throughout the country, so sometimes you may have to locate what facility an inmate is at using the inmate locator. Follow the link here to look up a prisoner.
Inmate Search

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as every federally recognized holiday.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every prison has its own rules for prisoner visitation and they change often. The rules listed here could be different by the time you are reading this, so make sure to also go to the facility’s website to get the most recent visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The entrance guard will make sure each visitor signs the prisoner visitors log when entering the correctional facility and upon departure.

Identification Required

Photo ID of all visitors is required. Acceptable forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; although, a state issued photo id is OK.

For all of the things shown below, read the actual prison facility website as this info changes often:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Children, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

To read the complete Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution Visitation Guide click here: Visitation Procedures

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Looking for a job at a prison? Have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility in the past?

If so, click here: Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution Jobs


The official website: Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution Website

Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution

Have you ever spent any time in Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this prison?

If you have, then you should tell us about it. Write about your experience so other people can learn what to expect.

Things you can put in your review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and staff
  • Food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Gang activity
  • Activities and programs

If you are an inmate at this prison, include your address if you would like people to be able to send you a letter.

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