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Office of Justice Programs

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

About Us

Minnesota’s Statistical Analysis Center (MNSAC) supports Minnesota’s policy-makers and leaders by providing thorough and accurate data analysis and research on all aspects of the criminal justice system. This information assists policy makers at all levels to identify emerging critical issues and to improve the effectiveness of Minnesota's justice system.


  • Provide sound and understandable information to a variety of stakeholders
  • Promote effective programming through evaluation capacity building
  • Understand the various criminal justice data collection processes and procedures across the entire system
  • Serve as a clearinghouse of criminal justice information

Guiding Principles

  • Accurate and understandable information is vital to informed decision-making
  • Clear communication is necessary so that data is understood and used appropriately
  • Technology is an efficient resource that should be used when possible to ensure data collection is accurate, easy, and accessible to all stakeholders
  • Evaluation is a powerful tool and should always be done in the spirit of collaboration and program improvement
  • Programs should be empowered to enhance their evaluation capabilities


  • Policy makers at all levels of government
  • The public
  • Law enforcement
  • Community-based criminal justice program providers
  • Legislators
  • Victims

 Contact Us

Name E-mail​ ​Phone
Valerie Clark (651) 201-7309