State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $7 million* in state and local funds to Minnesota.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $2,860,098
Justice Assistance Grant Program—11 Local Awards $1,056,212
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $3,114,840

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Minnesota Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Minnesota State Formula JAG $2,860,098

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Burnsville, Inc. 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Grant Application for the Procurement of Police Electronic Control Devices (Tasers) and Accessories $13,051
City of Coon Rapids 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program $25,360
City of Duluth 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Duluth Police and St. Louis County Sheriff's Office 2014 JAG Project $40,288
City of Mankato 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $13,837
City of Rochester 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Rochester and Olmsted Crime Prevention Programs $29,550
City of Saint Paul 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 City and County JAG Program $266,170
City of Shakopee 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $10,912
Hennepin County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Activities $589,127
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Enhancement of Law Enforcement Programs $19,249
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Red Lake Nation Tribal Court Enhancement Project $16,499
Stearns County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City and County JAG Project $32,169

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Minneapolis 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Minneapolis FY 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Planning $100,000
Judiciary Courts of the State of Minnesota 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 2014 Ramsey County Mental Health Court Partner Expansion $200,000
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Strategic Planning for Tribal Justice System $76,168
Minnesota Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Minnesota Department of Corrections: Statewide Implementation of Recidivism Reduction $995,861
Minnesota Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Minnesota FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $85,116
Minnesota Department of Public Safety 08/01/2014 – 07/31/2016 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Compliance and Notification Application Project $76,059
Minnesota Department of Public Safety 08/01/2012 – 07/31/2015 Minnesota Predatory Offender Database Upgrade $152,118
Minnesota Office of Higher Education 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Minnesota FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $33,496
Steele Waseca Drug Court 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Steele Waseca Multicounty Adult Drug Court Project $346,604
Volunteers of America–Minnesota 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Volunteers of America—Minnesota-Twin Cities Mentoring Project $299,615
White Earth Reservation Tribal Council 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Circle Back Center Continuation Project $749,803

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 316

Sworn Officers: 8,743

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 86% of the 316 law enforcement agencies in Minnesota have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 39% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Detail may sum to more than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 7 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 2 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 389 officers were assaulted (0.78% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Minnesota:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 12,419 12,705 2.3
Murder and Manslaughter 99 114 15.2
Forcible Rape* 1,638 3,411 N/A
Robbery 3,475 3,674 5.7
Aggravated Assault 7,207 6,909 -4.1
Property Crime 138,152 131,195 -5.0
Burglary 25,378 22,713 -10.5
Larceny-Theft 104,316 100,516 -3.6
Motor Vehicle Theft 8,458 7,966 -5.8
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

Complete arrest data for Minnesota is not available.
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    District Court


Prisoner Admissions: 7,687
Prisoner Releases: 7,808
Total Prisoners: 10,289

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 10
Recidivism Rate*: 26.0%
Top Offenses: Drugs, criminal sexual conduct, homicide (FY 2015)

Source: Minnesota Department of Corrections
*Percentage of offenders who return to prison and have a new felony conviction within 3 years of release.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), a RISS Center, serves Minnesota. There are 218 Minnesota criminal justice agencies that are members of MOCIC.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

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In Minnesota, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Two multijurisdictional Violent Crime Enforcement Teams that target drug distribution networks, firearm crimes, violent gang activity, and other serious criminal activity. These teams cover 11 cities, 5 counties, and 3 reservations.

  • Mental health enhancement services to a drug court, DWI court, and mental health court through Hennepin County Community Corrections and Rehabilitation.

  • Clay County Youth Reentry Services Program that provides intensive case management services for juvenile offenders transitioning to their home communities from placement facilities.

  • Position at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension that provides analytic support in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on narcotics, gangs, and violent crime.

  • Diversion of truancy cases through assessment and referrals to the Student Attendance Review Board within the Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota Duluth.

  • Mental health court in the Sixth Judicial District.

  • Two drugs courts in the Fifth Judicial District.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs Raeone Emery Magnuson, Executive Director

Minnesota At-A-Glance

Total Population: 5,420,380
Population Under 18: 1,279,111
Population Over 65: 756,077

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Wade Setter, Superintendent

Local Governments: 3,672
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 12
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Andrew M. Luger—District of Minnesota, Minneapolis Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Homeland Security and Emergency Management Joe Kelly, Director

Drug Courts: 60
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center