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Polk County (MN) Singled Out for Prison Rates

By December 4, 2017 No Comments

The Grand Forks Herald recently reported on Polk County, Minn., as an “outlier for incarceration” in the state. An “analysis of data from the National Corrections Program found the county sent more people to prison per capita than any other in the state in 2014” (likely the most recent year with available data). In addition, “aggravated dispositional departures”—meaning prison instead of the more usual probation for a certain offense, based on special factors—”are higher than state averages, and mitigated departures”—probation instead of the more usual prison—”are lower” in the country. Said State Public Defender William Ward, “I think their approach to prosecution and incarceration is antiquated at best and pretty horrific at worst.”