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Office of Justice Programs

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Minnesota Haven

For inmates in a Department of Corrections (DOC) Facility

Notification to victims of offenders in DOC facilities is not automatic. Victims oof offenders in a DOC facility omust take steps to request notification. 

To register to be notified of the offender’s release through the Minnesota Haven  service (formerly Minnesota CHOICE), complete the request form on the Minnesota Haven website or contact the DOC Victim Assistance Program 

Minnesota Haven is a service that has been developed by the DOC as a resource for victims of offenders sentenced to the Commissioner of Corrections. Haven provides victims and members of the public with information and support specific to:

  • ​Notification of offender custody status;

  • Information critical for safety and security planning and an opportunity to request safety planning services;
  • Opportunity to request assistance in reporting continued abusive behaviors or protective order violations by offenders;
  • Opportunities to provide input to corrections staff throughout the offender’s incarceration and community supervision period; 
  • Opportunities to access​ information about corrections processes as they relate to offender security, offender programming and reentry decisions including paroling decisions for life sentence offenders; 
  • Opportunities to inquire about restitution collection and repayment;  
  • And opportunity to inquire and request to participate in victim initiated restorative justice processes.

For information about victim notification related to DOC offenders, see the Department of Corrections victim notification page.

For more information about the predatory offender registration and the end-of confinement review process, see the Department of Corrections community notification webpage.

To just search for an offender under the authority of the DOC, go to the DOC Offender Locator website.



The Minnesota Haven service is provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. For questions about the Haven service contact Brittany Anderson, DOC Victim Assistance Program, brittany.anderson@state.mn.us  | 651-361-7113