Electronic Monitoring and Transitional Housing for High-Risk Offenders
Governor Walz’s budget provides $1.5 million in FY2020 and $1.5 million in FY2021 and each subsequent year for electronic monitoring and transitional housing. These funds are needed to maintain the current level of service. Lack of funding may result in high-risk offenders being homeless, and/or being placed on supervision without electronic monitoring devices.
Integrated Case Management
Governor Walz’s budget ensures DOC will provide integrated case management services to 420 additional high-risk offenders, while alleviating caseloads. The overall budget proposal is $321,000 in FY2020 and $831,000 in FY2021 to hire 12 staff, including 10 caseworkers and 2 support staff.
Intensive Supervised Release (ISR)
Governor Walz’s budget provides $2.5 million in FY2020 and $5 million in FY2021 to provide ISR supervision to offenders in the community. This request includes salaries, supplies and equipment for 19 FTEs (17 agents, 1 supervisor and 1 support staff). Additionally, it includes pass through funds to CCA counties ($1.588 million in FY2020, $3.176 million in FY2021 and each subsequent year).
Investing in Programs to Reduce Recidivism
Governor Walz’s budget provides $1 million in FY2020 and $1 million in FY2021 and each subsequent year. It includes $150,000 each year in grant funds for transportation services to children of incarcerated parents, $425,000 each year in grant funds for culturally specific reintegration services for American Indian male offenders, and $425,000 each year to improve parenting skills.
Juvenile Justice Reform
Governor Walz’s budget provides $500,000 each year for juvenile justice reform in Minnesota. $280,000 will be used to fund two positions to coordinate and provide services across the state, and $220,000 as grant funds to local agencies to establish juvenile detention alternatives.
Health Care for Those Who Are Incarcerated
Governor Walz’s budget provides funding of $2.951 million in FY2020 and $5.432 million in FY2021 to fund the medical and mental health needs for those under the direct care of the DOC.
Governor Walz’s budget provides $10.558 million in FY2020 and $17.778 million in FY2021 to maintain our current level of service and keep our prisons and communities safe. It will maintain 162 FTEs in FY2020 and 300 FTEs in each subsequent year.
Pre-trial Assessment and Supervision
Governor Walz’s budget provides $1.725 million in FY2020 and $3.45 million in FY2021 to create a pre-trial supervision unit with 12 FTEs (10 agents, 1 supervisor and 1 support staff). Funding includes a proportionate level of pass-through funds to CCA and CPO counties ($1.108M in FY2020 and $2.216M in FY2021 and each subsequent year.
Prison Safety and Security
Correctional Officers are the backbone of our department – keeping Minnesotans safe and helping to change lives daily. The critical funding request provides $2.7 million in FY2020 and $7.020 million in FY2021 to hire 120 correctional officers. Additionally, the request provides $268,000 in FY2020 and $625,000 in FY2021 to add 6 lieutenants by the end of FY2021.
Victim Notification and Juvenile Correctional Management System
Governor Walz’s budget provides $400,000 over two years to complete the replacement of the DOC’s victim notification system. $750,000 over two years will be used to replace the current Juvenile Correctional Management System.
Office of Ombudsman for Corrections
Governor Walz’s budget provides $900,000 each year to reestablish the Office of Ombudsman. The office would have six full-time staff.