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County expenditures: sheriffs` office, corrections and public safety capital outlay

Examine statewide and county-level justice system expenditure data for Minnesota. Additional information is provided on term definitions and caveats. Instructions for downloading the data also are given. 

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    Terms

    Below are definitions specific to Minnesota criminal justice expenditure data. 

    Corrections expenditures Costs of administrative functions, personnel training, victim services, operation of juvenile facilities and county jails, juvenile out-of-home placement, all probation and parole activities, community-based programs, work release, and counseling, treatment and diversion programs. 

    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. 

    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. 

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

    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. 

    Public safety capital outlay expenditures Costs of purchasing existing buildings, new construction, permanent improvements, equipment, machinery and land. Examples are purchases of police cars and the construction of jails. Capital outlays vary from year to year based on the needs and resources of the county. This expenditure category does not include costs related to state prison facilities, which are included in the Department of Corrections’ budget allocation from the Legislature. 

    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. 

    Sheriff’s office expenditures Expenses for transportation, communications, criminal investigation, boat and water safety, and law enforcement activities such as general patrolling of county roads and enforcing laws against driving under the influence. Costs associated with city-level law enforcement agencies are not included in this expenditure category. 

    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. 

    Total county expenditures Current operating expenses, capital outlays, and debt service principal and interest payments. 

    Caveats

    • All data pertains to Minnesota county expenditures for criminal justice activities, including those related to sheriff’s offices, corrections and public safety capital outlays. 
    • The data pertains only to county-level agencies and does not include expenditures by city entities within a county. 
    • Court and county attorney costs also are not represented in the data set. Expenditures associated with these functions are included under the “general government departments” heading and are not distinguishable from other noncriminal justice costs grouped in this category. 
    • The dollar amounts listed for each county reflect actual expenditures for the given year and have not been adjusted for inflation. 
    • Due to an accounting change in 1988, total county expenditures data for 1985 to 1987 does not include debt service payments. For this reason, comparisons among these years will result in distortions and should not be made.
    • Caution should be exercised when comparing corrections expenditures. Some counties are missing data for this category because either they did not report or they characterized these expenditures differently in their budget. 

    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 Criminal Justice Statistics Center or Minnesota Planning. The accompanying readme file with the download has additional information on relevant definitions and caveats. You also may contact the data source agency — the State of Minnesota Office of State Auditor — at 651-296-4755. 

    Download county expenditure data: dbase file with corrections, Sheriff's Office and public safety capital outlay county expenditures — statewide and county-level. 

    Additional Information

    For more information on state and county expenditures for criminal justice, 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/

    Office of the State Auditor 
    525 Park St., Suite 400 
    St. Paul, MN 55103 
    651-296-2551 
    Fax 651-296-4755 

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