Minnesota State Survey

Through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Corrections and the University of Minnesota, data was collected from all new offender admissions over the course of six months, July 2015 to December 2015, at MCF- St. Cloud and MCF- Shakopee. Restricting data collection to six months ensured offenders were not re-surveyed. The goal of this survey was to determine the prevalence of parental incarceration in Minnesota state prisons. Recognizing parenting status among incarcerated populations has important implications and opportunities for corrections’ programs and policies.

A comprehensive review of the results is linked below:

MN Prisoners and Their Minor Children

In 2017, we extended this work to county jails. In partnership with the Association of Minnesota Counties and with support from the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association, we conducted a study of parents in Minnesota jails and their children. On a single day in March 2017, 65 (81%) of the 80 county correctional facilities in Minnesota administered a survey to the individuals in their facility. In total, 2,675 adults (84%) completed the survey of the 3,201 incarcerated adults invited to participate.

A review of the results is linked below:

Parents in MN Jails and their Minor Children