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Probation cases

Review statewide and county-level data for adults and juveniles on probation in Minnesota. Additional information is provided on term definitions and caveats. Instructions for downloading the database also are given. 

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Terms

Below are definitions specific to Minnesota probation data. 

Adult An individual age 18 or older. 

Eighth Judicial District One of 10 regions defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 2.722 that includes the western counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine. 

Felony An offense for which a sentence of incarceration of more than one year may be imposed. 

Fifth Judicial District One of 10 regions defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 2.722 that includes the southwestern counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock and Watonwan. 

First Judicial District One of 10 regions defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 2.722 that includes the southern Twin Cities metropolitan area counties of Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott and Sibley. 

Fourth Judicial District One of 10 regions defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 2.722. It includes Hennepin County. 

Gross misdemeanor An offense for which a fine of up to $3,000 may be imposed. 

Judicial district As established by the state constitution and defined by statute, Minnesota`s trial courts are organized into 10 districts for administrative purposes. 

Juvenile A youth between the ages of 10 and 17 who has been adjudicated delinquent by the court for committing a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony offense. 

Misdemeanor An offense for which a sentence of incarceration of up to 90 days, a fine of up to $700 or both may be imposed. 

Ninth Judicial District One of 10 regions defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 2.722 that includes the northwestern counties of Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau. 

Probation A process of surveillance and supervision of offenders, which may follow incarceration. Probation may include house arrest, face-to-face contacts with probation officers and drug testing. 

Probationer An offender who is allowed to remain in his or her community under the supervision of a probation officer. 

Second Judicial District One of 10 regions defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 2.722. It includes Ramsey County. 

Seventh Judicial District One of 10 regions defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 2.722 that includes the west central counties of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd and Wadena. 

Sixth Judicial District One of 10 regions defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 2.722 that includes the northeastern counties of Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis. 

Tenth Judicial District One of 10 regions defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 2.722 that includes the northern Twin Cities metropolitan area counties of Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, Washington and Wright. 

Third Judicial District One of 10 regions defined by Minnesota Statutes, section 2.722 that includes the southeastern counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona. 

Caveats

  • All data is obtained from county probation offices responding to the annual probation survey administered by the Department of Corrections. 
  • Probation counts are meant to relay the number of offenders on probation as of December 31 each year. Due to possible confusion of appropriate reporting methods by agencies completing the probation survey, however, an offender on probation for two different offenses may be counted twice. In addition, if an offender is on probation in two different counties, each county will include that offender in its totals. 
  • If a probation office does not submit probation data in time for survey analysis, it may be incorporated in the following year’s probation case totals. 
  • Agencies may interpret the probation survey reporting instructions inconsistently, thereby affecting the information reported. 
  • Data collection instructions for the probation survey before 1993 directed respondents to exclude cases that involved only the monitoring of offenders’ compliance with the conditions of probation, such as a fine or restitution. Since 1993, reporting of this information is required. 

Downloading Instructions

Files have been compressed into self-extracting executable dBase IV (.dbf) or Lotus 1-2-3 (.wk1) formats to decrease size. To download, click on the desired file name and designate a location for saving. Once complete, double click on the file name to automatically extract the compressed database file. If you encounter problems downloading the file, click the right mouse button and select the save option. 

Data disclaimer
Data files are provided in their present condition. Opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations based upon the data in these files are those of the user and do not necessarily reflect the views of the State of Minnesota. 

Download probation data: dbase file with adult felony, adult gross misdemeanor, adult misdemeanor and juvenile probation cases — statewide and county-level. 

Additional Information

For more information on state and county probation data, contact: 

Minnesota Department of Corrections 
1450 Energy Park Dr., Suite 200 
St. Paul, MN 55108 
651-603-0193 
Fax 651-643-2575 
http://www.corr.state.mn.us/

Technical problems? Contact: demography.helpline@state.mn.us