The Minnesota Correctional Facility at Shakopee (MCF/SHK) is regarded as an innovative institution designed to create and foster rehabilitative opportunities for women. The campus is located in the heart of a quiet residential community without a perimeter security fence, a unique feature rarely found among correctional facilities in the United States.
The 92-bed expansion added over 22,000 square feet to an existing 62-bed female unit on the Shakopee campus. The expansion included four internal living units, each containing 11-12 double occupancy bedrooms (four are ADA accessible), communal toilets and lavatories, individual showers, and personal laundry facilities. All beds are floor mounted instead of the more common stacked bunks and each occupant has their own wardrobe and millwork desk unit. Central to the program of this addition is the provision of separate living and kitchenette areas for every 22-24 beds to increase resident privacy and simulate a more relaxed, "domestic" dwelling environment.