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Offender Profile Card Definitions
Admissions: Includes new commitments to a state correctional facility and all release returns.
Adult: Any individual age 18 or older not classified as an Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile (EJJ) or Certified Adult (CA).
Certified at commitment or certified adult (CA): A juvenile who was certified by the court to stand trial as an adult. CAs when incarcerated serve their sentence in an adult correctional facility.
Commitments: Includes all new court commitments to a state correctional facility and release returns with a new sentence. Does not include offenders who are release returns without a new sentence.
Discharge: Release from a state correctional facility at expiration of sentence.
Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile (EJJ): A juvenile 14 to 17 years old who receives both a juvenile and adult sentence. If the juvenile violates the conditions of the juvenile sentence, the adult sentence may be imposed.
Intensive community supervision: A period of incarceration in prison, intended to shock the offender, followed by a highly restrictive community supervision plan. Program elements can include house arrest, random drug testing, frequent face-to-face contact with specially trained agents, mandatory work or school, curfews and mandatory restitution to victims.
Juvenile: An offender who was at least 12 but less than 18 years old at the time of offense. However, juvenile jurisdiction continues until age 19.
Lifers: Adults/certified adults sentenced to serve a 30-year term of imprisonment with the possibility of parole after that time (prior to 1989, this category includes offenders sentenced to serve 17 years imprisonment with the possibility of parole after that time). Also includes adults/certified adults sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Other offenses: Includes all other categories of offenses, which cannot be classified as person, property or drug. Unknown or not reported offense types also are included in this category.
Per diem: Average operating cost to house an offender in a state correctional facility for one day.
Person offenses: Includes the offenses of assault, homicide, kidnapping/false imprisonment, criminal sexual conduct, aggravated robbery and criminal vehicular homicide.
Property offenses: Includes the offenses of burglary, forgery and counterfeiting, arson and negligent fires, property damage, stolen property, simple robbery, theft and vehicle-related theft.
Release return with new sentence: When an offender commits a new offense while on supervised release/parole and is returned to a correctional facility.
Release return without new sentence: When an offender violates conditions of supervised release/parole and is returned to a correctional facility, but has not been convicted of a new offense.
Supervised release or parole: For adults/certified adults, "supervised release" is a process of surveillance and supervision of an offender in the community after completing a term of incarceration. The sentencing court indicates the period of supervised release to be served when pronouncing the offender's sentence.
For an adult/certified adult serving a life sentence who is released, supervision in the community is called "parole" which is determined by the commissioner of corrections with the assistance of an advisory board.
Juveniles are also supervised in the community on "parole" status, which is determined by the commissioner of corrections or his/her designee.
Offenses listed on adult profiles are felony-level only, while those listed on juvenile profiles include felony as well as some gross misdemeanors.
All offense types are defined according to Minnesota statutes. Assault encompasses all types of assault including those both aggravated and simple in nature. Sex offense refers to rape as well as all other sex-related offenses.
Due to rounding, missing or unknown data, population breakouts may not always add to the total listed.
Race information may be self-identified or classified by an observer. Hispanic ethnicity is considered a race group on both adult and juvenile profiles. The "other" race category primarily includes counts for Asian offenders; however, any person not racially defined as White, African American, American Indian or Hispanic is recorded as "other."
Yearly commitment numbers may vary from one offender profile to another due to estimating at the time of publication.
The number of new commitments and the number of offenders returning to prison after committing a new offense while on supervised release/parole for another offense should add to the total number of commitments; however, this is not always the case. This discrepancy occurs due to data entry errors and changes in data recording