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Draft 2020-2022 Strategic Plan

We are pleased to share the final draft of DOC’s new strategic plan. Please review and share your questions and comments. 


  • In mid-2019, the Commissioner’s Office decided to write a new strategic plan for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Organizational culture, including safety, must be improved while delivering exceptional services to the public. Old ways of doing things must be updated. New solutions must be found. We must aim higher and reach further for Minnesota taxpayers.
  • Commissioner’s Office participated in numerous engagement sessions in 2019 with community stakeholders, including advocates for victims of crime, and agency partners to listen to peoples’ concerns and solicit ideas. 

  • During the summer last year, the Commissioner’s Office convened more than 40 engagement sessions with DOC employees to listen to problems and solutions from hundreds of DOC employees across facilities, community services, and central office. Ten different strategic plan work groups comprised of management and front-line staff brainstormed, deliberated options and delivered dozens of recommendations to the Commissioner’s Office at the end of 2019. 

  • In January, the Executive Team in the Commissioner’s Office reviewed employee feedback, considered work group recommendations, discussed ideas from the community and partners, and prepared a “discussion draft” of the agency’s new strategic plan. We will finalize the plan in the next few weeks and your input would be helpful before doing so. 

Request for feedback: Please review the draft document and provide us with your candid feedback. We welcome your constructive input and please feel free to challenge, question, or critique. We are interested in what you’d change or what’s missing. Please direct your comments on the document by February 28, 2020 to

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