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Minnesota Statistical Analysis Center

What is a Statistical Analysis Center? 

The Minnesota Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) collects, analyzes and shares criminal and juvenile justice data. The Minnesota SAC is supported by the U. S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. There are currently SACs in 53 states and territories. These 53 SACs publish a wide variety of information every year, which is compiled biannually in the SAC Publication Digest.

What's New at the MN SAC 

Back to the Future: Volume 2

Volume 2 of this report series is dedicated to exploration of the underlying issues that may have affected the reduction in juvenile crime in the 2000s. Included are data related to education and child protection; changes to Minnesota’s youth population; changes to socio-economic factors such as unemployment, poverty and wages; and the history of federal funding to states for crime and delinquency prevention and intervention.

 
In addition, Volume 2 includes a detailed account of changes to both Minnesota and national laws affecting juveniles since 1980. Presented in five-year increments, this exploration documents the transition towards a more punitive, accountability-based juvenile justice system during the 1980s and 1990s, before movement back to a more individualized, rehabilitative approach in the 2000s. Changes made at key stages of the justice system are discussed, as are changes to chemical and mental health policy; school-based reforms; and evidence-based policy initiatives.      
 
An executive summary is also available.

 

Financial Crimes and Identity Theft: Survey of Minnesota Law Enforcement Agencies

 

In August and September of 2013 the Office of Justice Programs conducted a survey with law enforcement across Minnesota to gather information on financial crime and identity theft. 

 

 This report, Financial Crime and Identity Theft: Law Enforcement Response, Challenges and Resource Needs, found that while law enforcement agencies in Minnesota are engaged in efforts to prevent and investigate these crimes, more could be done to improve efforts. This includes additional training, cross-jurisdictional collaboration, useful victim materials and referrals and public education efforts.

 

 

 

Back to the Future: 30 Years of Minnesota Juvenile Justice Data (Volume 1)

The title of this report, Back to the Future, is an homage to the 1980s cinema blockbuster of the same name, in which a teenaged Michael J. Fox accidentally travels back in time 30 years to 1955. While there, he inadvertently alters the course of his own future which he must be set right before returning to 1985. While his character is clear as to what must be done to set his future right, less clear are which, if any, juvenile justice policies and practices implemented in the 1980s and 1990s positively affected delinquent youth thirty years later.

 Volume 1 of this report series is dedicated to the presentation of Minnesota’s juvenile justice data. Included are juvenile arrests; court volume; admissions to residential placements; and juvenile probation populations between 1980 and 2010. A second volume will be published exploring changes to juvenile justice policies and practices in Minnesota during the same timeframe.

An Executive Summary of this report is also available. 

Minnesota Youth Development Clock

The Minnesota Youth Development Clock is a model which depicts youth development on a 24 hour clock as children progress from infancy into early adulthood. Each hour on the clock corresponds to one year of growth and maturation. While traditional definitions of youth end at legal adulthood (typically 18 years of age), this model extends the scope of youth to age 24 consistent with emerging research on human brain development.

The clock model is designed to integrate youth developmental theory with youth policy. This publication provides an overview of key developmental theories and milestones related to youth as well as an exploration of Minnesota laws and rules with specific age provisions. These laws span education, child protection, juvenile justice, employment and civic participation. This model allows for examination of policies across different youth serving systems to assess whether they are congruent with one another, as well as if they are appropriate given what is known about youth development.     

The clock model was developed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs in collaboration with public and private partners involved in funding or facilitating youth programming in Minnesota.