Jail - Contact Information



Brad Marks: #147

Jail Administrator: Lyon County (507) 929-6647

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Mike Portinga #155

Program Sergeant: Lyon County Jail (507) 929-6640

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Hillary Buysse #175

Lyon County Jail Reception/Jail Records (507) 929-6622

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The Lyon County Jail is located at 611 West Main Street in Marshall, Minnesota.  You may call the Jail directly at (507) 929-6623.  The Jail is connected to the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center and directly adjacent to the Lyon County Courthouse.  

For questions regarding the current jail operation please call Brad Marks at (507) 929-6647.   For questions regarding work or school release programs please contact Sergeant Mike Portinga at (507) 929-6640.  Sergeant Portinga also handles all release programs and is able to assist and answer questions as needed in reference to medical/dental/mental health issues in relation to the Lyon County Jail.

Please direct your jail records questions, and jail reception related matters to Hillary Buysse during business hours.    

Basic Policies for the Jail

Visiting Hours:

The following rules will apply to all professional and personal visits. Violations of visiting rules and regulations by an inmate or visitor may result in the loss of visiting privileges. Violations of visiting rules and regulations by a visitor may result in the visitor being removed or banned from the facility. These rules have been established to provide for the safety and security of the jail, inmates, staff, and visitors.

Visits may be denied and/or terminated for any of the following reasons:  

  • Eating or drinking in the visiting rooms.
  • The use of cell phones within the facility during visiting.
  • The passing of materials to an inmate except for legal materials, which has already been inspected and approved by a Correctional Officer.
  • If a visitor(s) is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • If a visitor refuses to submit to search procedures. 
  • If a visitor refuses or fails to produce required identification or provides false identifying information.
  • If a visitor(s) allows their children to disturb others.
  • If a visitor(s) engages in inappropriate activity or inappropriate atire.
  • If a visitor(s) conduct is deemed by Correctional staff as disruptive to the order and operations of the facility or the safety and security of the facility.
  • If a visitor(s) fails to follow facility rules or staff directives.

Professional Visitation:

Professional visiting is reserved for visitors entering the facility in a professional capacity. This may include Clergy, Probation/Parole Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, Attorneys, Bail Bondsman, Social Workers, medical professionals, and mental health professionals. All professional visitors must provide proper identification, as directed by the facility staff.

Professional visitors will be allowed to visit 7 days a week during the following times:
8:00 AM to 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, and 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

  • Administrative Lockdown 11:30 to 1:00 PM – No visiting allowed 
  • Administrative Lockdown 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM – No visiting allowed

Personal Visitation:

Inmates will be allowed visits with family or friends on the following days: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Visitation times will be from 8:00 AM to 11 AM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There is no visiting on Monday.

To schedule an inmate visit, please contact Hillary Buysse at (507) 929-6622. 

The following rules will apply:

  • Two visits per day, per inmate. Two persons maximum allowed in visit.  Must be different visitors during visits.
  • The visit will be approximately thirty-(30) minutes in duration.
  • Switching of visitors during the visit is not allowed.
  • One-(1) child will be allowed in the visit, when the other visitor is over the age of 18.
  • The visitor must be at least 18 years old.
  • The visitor(s) must present a valid picture ID with their current address before being able to visit.
  • The visitor must not have been incarcerated within the last 60 days. If so, they must have permission to visit from the Jail Administrator, prior to the visit.
  • You may sign up for a visit 24 hours in advance by phone or in person; although this is not required.
  • All visitors must show a valid picture ID with a current address on it in order to visit.
  • If your visitor(s) is not here by 10 minutes after the beginning of the scheduled visit time the visit will be canceled. For instance, if the scheduled visit time is 3:00 and the visitor(s) show up at 3:15, the visit will be canceled.

Inmate Money Deposit:

Money may be dropped off for an inmate at any time during the day or night. To drop off money for an inmate come to the main entrance of the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center. During business hours the doors will not be secured and you may proceed to the Jail lobby. After hours the doors will be secured so you will need to pick up the beige phone in the first lobby. In either instance you will use the kiosk in the Jail lobby to deposit funds in the account of your choosing.  You will not receive a receipt, but you may write down the transaction number that the kiosk will display.

You can also make a deposit to an inmates account via credit card online at the:

Inmate Canteen Website.


The Lyon County Jail will complete fingerprint cards prints for applicant fingerprints.  The fee is $15.00 per card.  This must be in cash.  You will receive a receipt.  Fingerprints will be taken Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Pay For Stay:

The Minnesota Legislative session of 2001/2002 passed a law that allows County Boards to authorize County Jails to collect room, board, and other related correctional expenses for offenders who have been convicted of a crime and confined in a County Jail. Minnesota State Statute 641.12, Subd. 3 allows for the collection of these charges/fees.  All convicted inmates will pay $20.00 per day, to include credited days. An invoice will be mailed to or sent along with the inmate at the time of release for any unpaid balance. The inmate will be responsible to either pay in full the amount due within 30 days or arrange payments within 30 days of release from custody. If you wish to request a waiver of Pay for Stay fees you may do so, but it must be in writing.  You must write the Sheriff or Jail Administrator within 5 days of your release from incarceration after receiving your Pay for Stay invoice.  You must list the reasons why you are seeking a waiver for the Pay for Stay fees applied. As long as payment arrangements have been made and payments are being received the account will remain active until paid. If, after 30 days from release of custody, no payments have been made, in part or in full, and/or the inmate has not contacted the Facility Administrator at # (507) 537-7666 or 611 West Main Street Marshall, MN 56258, to arrange for payments to be made, the account will be turned over to a collection agency for collection.

Work Release, Education Release, STS, etc...

Offenders that are afforded the privilege of a release program must meet with the Correctional Sergeant prior to reporting to for the start of their sentence. An inmate that does not report prior to beginning their sentence will be held in until employment and paperwork are verified and completed. You may contact the Correctional Sergeant at (507) 537-7666.


Bail may be posted by coming to the front lobby of the Jail after normal business hours. Between the hours of 8:00 and 4:30 bail is to be posted at the Court Administrator’s office on the 3rd floor of the courthouse. When posting bail at the Jail request to speak with the on duty Sergeant or Correctional Officer and they will then begin the process of paperwork. No personal checks will be accepted for bail purposes.  You may also utilize a bail bondsman, if that is an option allowed by court order. Bail Bonds are located in the telephone book in the yellow pages under Bail Bonds.

Inmate Release Times:

Sentenced inmates are released at approximately 8:00 am on their scheduled release date. They can be picked up in the front lobby of the jail anytime after 8:00 am. Please note that they may not get out right at that time, but we will try to ensure a timely release. Please be patient with our release process.

Facility Address and Message Information:

All incoming mail should be addressed as follows:

Lyon County Jail 

C/O “Inmate Name”

611 West Main Street

Marshall, MN  56258

No envelopes will be allowed to be mailed out of the facility if the envelope has writing or drawings on it, other than the address required. There are no exceptions to this rule. All outgoing mail must have the inmate's name clearly printed on the envelope.

You may have friends, relatives, or your attorney call (507) 532-8973 and leave a message for you.  This is not a private message line.  It is your responsibility to get your messages and return the calls. The Jail will not accept collect calls, nor will staff pass messages to inmates.

Leave an inmate a message:

If you would like to leave a message for an inmate at the jail please call (507) 532-8973.

The Roles of Jails in Communities:


  • Jails have a far greater significance in our communities than most of us realize. They are a primary responsibility for local governments. They are a critical component of the criminal justice system and they play an integral role in providing safety and security in our communities.  When a community recognizes the importance of its local operation and supports the Jail operation with adequate resources the community as a whole will benefit.
    Jails receive newly arrested people directly from the street, amongst others. Many are in a state of physical or mental crisis when they enter a Jail. They may be angry, afraid, intoxicated, and/or ill. Jails cannot choose whom they will accept. Ultimately a facility will take all arrestees brought to their door no matter what their condition, attitude, or frame of mind.
    Contrary to common belief Jails are much different than prisons.
  • Jails receive and process people immediately after they are arrested for a crime.
  • Jails hold people in pre-trial detention; not as punishment, but instead to ensure their appearance in court if bail is not posted or if bail is not obtainable for the crime committed.
  • Jails incarcerate people who have been convicted of misdemeanor and felony offenses for up to one-(1) year.
  • Jails hold people when they have been sentenced to State prisons and are awaiting transfer when they violate probation or parole and when they are being detained for other jurisdictions.
  • But most importantly, Jails are operated and financed at the local level with local tax dollars. They are significant legal and financial responsibility for communities.
  • Prisons on the other hand incarcerate only those people who have been tried and convicted of serious felony crimes and sentenced to long terms of incarceration. Also, prisons are run by state or federal agencies using state or federal funds. So, compared to prisons Jails handle a much wider spectrum of offenders, and for shorter less predictable stays.


The “Prison Rape Elimination Act” of 2003 (PREA) is a federal mandate that prohibits and seeks to eliminate sexual abuse and sexual harassment in correctional institutions. 

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has zero tolerance toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment (28 CFR 115.111).  The office will not tolerate retaliation against any person who reports sexual abuse or sexual harassment or who cooperates with a sexual abuse or sexual harassment investigation. 

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office will take immediate action to protect prisoners who are reasonably believed to be subject to a substantial risk of imminent sexual abuse (28 CFR 115.162). 

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office will investigate any criminal allegations.  Any person may report any allegation on behalf of any inmate to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at (507) 537-7668 or to New Horizons Crisis Center at (507) 532-5764 or (800) 881-7493.

Inmates may report sexual abuse and harassment incidents anonymously or to any staff member they choose.  Staff shall accommodate all inmate requests to report allegations of sexual abuse or harassment.  Staff shall accept reports made verbally, in writing, or through the “Turnkey” kiosk, anonymously or from third parties and shall promptly document all verbal reports. 

Inmates who have consensual sexual contact with another inmate may be disciplined.

Inmates who have non-consensual sexual contact with another inmate shall be disciplined and/or criminally prosecuted. 

Falsely reporting a sexual abuse incident will not be tolerated and will result in discipline and/or criminal prosecution.


Lyon County Jail Roster

 Lyon County Jail Roster

  • Please click on the below link to view the current Lyon County Jail Inmates.
  • This site is automatically updated every 12 hours.

 Current Lyon County Jail Roster

Minnesota Statewide Resources
TTY: 1-866-847-1298

Minnesota State VINELink

  • VINELink is a free online resource that allows you to search for custody status information regarding an offender and register to receive notification of the offender's release from a county jail or detention facility. You can register for release notification either through this website or through the VINE telephone number above.
  • Special notice regarding offenders in a Minnesota Department of Corrections Facility:
  • Currently, a search for DOC inmates can be done through VINELink, however, a request for notification must be done through Minnesota CHOICE.
  • Under Minnesota law, victims of offenders in a Department of Corrections (DOC) facility have additional rights to notification and information; including notice of conditions of release, additional notification related to released predatory offenders, notification of transfers to a less secure facility, and, if the offender re-enters a facility, that offender's subsequent release. Receiving this information and notifications is not automatic: victims must make a request to the DOC.
  • Victims of DOC offenders who would like to request notification of release, as well as the other notices and information they are entitled to, may submit their request through Minnesota CHOICE or contact the DOC Victim Assistance Program.


About the Jail

The current Lyon County Jail was constructed and began full operations in 2010.  The Jail operates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  The designed maximum capacity for the facility is 87 beds.  The Lyon County Jail operates in indirect podular style.  This design promotes our operating philosophy, which is built on individual accountability and responsibility, where staff and inmates are encouraged to interact in a positive and constructive manner through the use of good interpersonal communication.  
The Lyon County Jail provides for the safe, secure, and humane detention of offenders in Lyon County. To fulfill this responsibility the Lyon County Adult Detention Facility shall follow the standards established by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Minnesota State Statutes, and the United States Constitution. We are committed to the embracing the following ideals:
•  All persons are held accountable for their behavior.
•  Our staff is our greatest resource and we will provide training to accomplish a safe, secure and humane environment.
•  The preservation of basic human rights and dignity of the public, staff, and inmates.
•  An atmosphere that encourages positive behavior and the integration of responsible individuals who are returning to our community.
The Lyon County Jail is an integral part of the criminal justice system.  We strive to cooperate with other agencies, promote mutual respect, and welcome community involvement.  We are a credit to our profession and a source of pride to Lyon County.




Hours and Locations

Lyon County Government Center

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Public Works Building

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Law Enforcement Center

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Lyon County Zoning/SWCD

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Lyon County Landfill

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Eric Wallen
611 West Main Street
Marshall, MN 56258
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