LOCKDOWN: INSIDE MAXIMUM SECURITY PART 2 OF 3
The Minnesota Correctional Facility - Oak Park Heights (MCF-OPH) is a state prison located in Stillwater, Minnesota, USA.
Constructed in 1983, MCF-OPH is the state's only Level 5 (Maximum) Custody Level prison, with an inmate population of 426. The facility is home to some of the state's most violent offenders, as well as a fair number of out-of-state commits and federal inmates.
The prison is comprised of nine self-sustaining living units, referred to as Complexes. The first six each house 52 offenders and include shower facilities, eating areas and exercise equipment. Two of the three remaining complexes house mental health facilities and a transitional care unit. The MHU and TCU both handle inmates from the entire Minnesota DOC who require the unique services of those units.
The ninth unit, completed in 2001, is the state's Administrative Control Unit. The ACU is sometimes referred to as "Super-Seg" and houses the most violent offenders in an environment nearly completely free of contact with staff. MCF-OPH is home to the MN DOC Commissary program. Inmates who qualify for work programs are employed to processes and package commissary orders from the other state correctional facilities.
The MCF-OPH facility, together with the H Unit of Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McCalaster, Oklahoma, was featured in an one hour TV documentary titled "Maximum Security Prisons", produced by Alan Hall (Beyond Productions) for the "On the Inside" series of the Discovery Channel.