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Minnesota’s Community Corrections Act Counties …

minnesota 's Community Corrections Act Counties Doing What Works To Keep Our Communities Safe In these critical times, government must focus on core services, especially public safety. When most people think about public safety, they think about the police, courts and jails as the primary players responsible for protecting the public and keeping our communities safe. Yet there is another important group working closely with law enforcement every day on the front lines of protecting the citizens of minnesota : Probation Officers. The local Community correctional services provided by minnesota 's 32 Community C orrections A ct (CCA) C ounties include probation and other treatment/.

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1 minnesota 's Community Corrections Act Counties Doing What Works To Keep Our Communities Safe In these critical times, government must focus on core services, especially public safety. When most people think about public safety, they think about the police, courts and jails as the primary players responsible for protecting the public and keeping our communities safe. Yet there is another important group working closely with law enforcement every day on the front lines of protecting the citizens of minnesota : Probation Officers. The local Community correctional services provided by minnesota 's 32 Community C orrections A ct (CCA) C ounties include probation and other treatment/.

2 Supervisory measures demonstrated to be very effective in holding offenders accountable and keeping communities safe. Research has shown what works, . and this approach is the most cost-effective and thorough way of holding offenders accountable while simultaneously addressing the causes of criminal behavior and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior. A publication of the minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties . CCA Services are the keys to public safety. Collaborating with all other levels of law enforcement. Community Corrections Act (CCA) Counties are vital links in the criminal justice chain that provide services that are less expensive and more effective than incarceration, and supervise the overwhelming majority of offenders in minnesota .

3 Collecting DNA samples for criminal prosecution. CCA services are a function of state government operated in partnership with local, county-operated CCA agencies focus on enhancing Corrections and law enforcement agencies. public safety and ensuring confidence in the CCA Counties local Corrections system through Checking computers for prohibited materials like pornography. protect the public by: offender supervision, Working closely with other law sanctions, and services. enforcement agencies. CCA agencies work closely with police, Providing essential services sheriffs, and other local law enforcement that allow the criminal justice agencies to provide many critical services system to work.

4 Within the justice system, including: Analysis of sentencing guidelines. Holding offenders accountable Polygraph examinations. to conditions of release. Collection of DNA from felons. Administering polygraph ( lie-detector ) examinations. Supervising offenders to help Maintenance of the sex offender database, them become law-abiding including offender registration and Community notification. citizens and lessen the likelihood Probation services like home monitoring, of them committing new crimes. drug testing, computer sweeps for Helping victims and prohibited content and overall supervision. communities achieve justice CCA agencies hold offenders accountable through victim restitution, and make communities safer while spending Community service and other far less money than prisons to achieve greater restorative justice programs.

5 Public safety. Electronic surveillance via home monitoring bracelets. O ur criminal justice system works because of probation, which is a court-ordered sanction that allows a person to remain in the Community under the supervision CCA Services are more effective of a probation officer. Conditions of this supervision vary and can include: jail time, fines, restitution, Community service, drug/. alcohol monitoring, and surveillance. minnesota is a national leader in correctional and less expensive. practices because of the widespread use Community . and high success rate Corrections . of CCA Counties .

6 WORKS IN. CCA supervision and services allow criminals to re-enter society with conditions of REDUCING. accountability while working with the offenders to find housing, employment, and CRIMINAL. address the other obstacles criminals may face REOFFENSES. in becoming law-abiding. Supervising Offenders in minnesota : Facts and Solutions, minnesota Department of Corrections , March 2002. Compare Prison T he most volatile, dangerous offenders need to be locked up for as long as possible, but probation is the best answer both economically and socially for keeping tabs on other levels VS. of non-violent criminals and those who have served their time and are released back into the Probation Community .

7 minnesota 's spending on prisons, Spending as a percent of general funds, is the second lowest in the nation largely because of the In minnesota . effectiveness of Community Corrections . Data shows that states who spend the most on prisons don't have lower crime rates than states who rely more on probation. Our neighbor minnesota spends more than 80% of the Wisconsin, for example, currently spends nearly two-and-a-half times as much on Corrections state Corrections budget on prisons, and their crime rate has remained essentially the same as ours. even though prisoners are only of the total criminal population under supervision.

8 If minnesota incarcerated at the same level as Wisconsin, taxpayers would need to add WHAT IF 24 prisons and increase the state prison budget by minnesota . $ million annually WERE (and that does NOT include the cost MORE LIKE of actual prison construction). minnesota could be more like Wisconsin and WISCONSIN? spend the majority of our money on prisons, but that approach has proven to be cost-prohibitive Figures above based on the Pew Center on the States 1 in 31 Report, March, 2009. and less effective in increasing public safety. Only 19% of minnesota 's CCA Counties Corrections budget goes toward CCA Counties , do more to keep even though these agencies supervise about 75% of criminals.

9 minnesota safe and Source: minnesota Department of Corrections . spend less to do it. Keeping communities safer by keeping close tabs on criminals through probation services, effectively using public safety T. he disproportionate allocation of correctional funds funds through CCA Counties , also frees has forced Community Corrections agencies to work up money to be used on other things like even harder to do more with less. Increased legislative education or local roads that enhance attention to crime issues has resulted in added responsibilities, the quality of life for a Community . new crime categories, and enhanced penalties.

10 Most of these changes have benefited public safety, but the length of time Investing minnesota 's CCA system is in offenders are under supervision has increased while funding the least expensive and most-effective for these services has not increased proportionately. way to achieve greater public safety. n Community Corrections ACT Counties . Anoka County Region 6W. Phone: 763-323-5830 ( Counties : Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine). Arrowhead Regional Phone: 320-269-6513. ( Counties : Carlton, Cook, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis) Rice County Phone: 218-726-2650 Phone: 507-332-6290.


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