Data dashboard

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About the data

This dashboard of criminal cases is another aspect of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office commitment to transparency. Each page contains a chart showing case totals by year, as well as breakdowns by race and gender. The charts also reveal charging decisions, including the decision not to charge a case.1 Other visuals are page-specific (see “Table of Contents”).

When will this data be updated?

The dashboard is updated nightly. Therefore, the information is never more than 24 hours old.

Race and Gender

Race and gender data is collected and submitted by law enforcement. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office does not collect this information.

Diverted Cases

Because the case information is updated nightly, it has a noteworthy impact on post-charge diversion cases (see “Charging Decision Glossary”). Post-charge diversion cases are initially marked as charged and are counted as charged cases until a diversion agreement is entered in court. Because that process can take six months or more, cases from previous years regularly move from charged to diverted. Therefore, diversion cases are significantly undercounted, and charged cases significantly overcounted, in the most recent two years.

Offense Types

Offense types (used in the division pages) are internal case categories utilized by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Offense categories (used in the map) are different. (see “Table of Contents”).


1Appeals cases are the exception. They are broken down by appeal type.

How to use the dashboard

The dashboard is interactive, meaning you can reveal additional information by hovering and clicking. When you hover over an element of a visual, a pop-up will reveal additional information related to that element. When you click an element, the entire page will filter according to that element. To filter by multiple elements, use Ctrl+Click.

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Hovering over 2018 charges

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Filtering by Domestic Violence

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Filtering by Domestic Violence & Convicted

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Charging decision glossary

Charged: prosecutors determined the evidence is sufficient to file a criminal complaint against the defendant.

Declined: prosecutors determined the evidence is insufficient to file charges against the suspect.

Deferred: prosecutors sent the case back to police for further investigation.

Deferred – No Resubmit: deferred cases that were not resubmitted by law enforcement after 90 days.

Diverted (Post-Charge): prosecutors filed charges against the defendant but agreed to dismiss the case if the defendant successfully completes a rehabilitation program.

Diverted (Pre-Charge): prosecutors determined there was sufficient evidence to file charges against the offender but agreed never to file those charges if the offender successfully completes a rehabilitation program.

Other: prosecutors have sent the case to another agency for review (e.g.,conflict).

Pending: prosecutors have yet to determine whether to file charges.

Table of contents

  1. All Felony and Gross Misdemeanor Cases Received

    All felony and gross misdemeanor cases (adult and juvenile) sent to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review in the last five years. For declined cases, we use the offense level that would have been applied if the case had been charged.

  2. Adult Prosecution – All Cases Received

    All cases submitted to the Adult Prosecution Division for review in the last five years. This division handles serious (often violent) adult felonies. Page-specific visuals include cases by offense type and disposition. These are divided into gang and non-gang cases. Gang cases are handled by a specialized team of prosecutors.

  3. Community Prosecution – All Cases Received

    All cases submitted to the Community Prosecution Division for review in the last five years. This division handles drug- and property-related adult felonies. Page-specific visuals include cases by offense type, disposition, and specialty court. In specialty courts, prosecutors and other justice system partners collaborate to develop a strategy that will help an offender complete a rehabilitation program and end criminal behaviors.

  4. Juvenile Prosecution – All Cases Received

    All cases submitted to the Juvenile Prosecution Division for review in the last five years. This division handles all juvenile cases in the county, regardless of offense level. Page-specific visuals include cases by offense level and offense type.

  5. Juvenile Prosecution – School Cases Received

    The subset of juvenile cases occurring at a school. This includes all such cases in the county, regardless of offense level. Page-specific visuals include cases by offense level and offense type.

  6. Special Litigation – Appeals

    All appeals cases handled by the Special Litigation Division in the last five years. This division handles all appeals, white-collar, and Section 388.051 cases (defined below). Appeals cases are broken down by type (rather than charging decision). Page-specific visuals include appellate briefs filed by year.

  7. Special Litigation– White-collar & 388.051 Cases

    All white-collar and Section 388.051 cases submitted to the Special Litigation Division for review in the last five years. Section 388.051 refers to cases originating from parts of the county for which there is no city attorney, such as county parks, Fort Snelling State Park, etc. For these territories, the county attorney’s office handles all cases, regardless of offense level. Page-specific visuals include cases by offense level, offense type and disposition.

  8. Hennepin Case Map

    A map indicating the incident location of all cases sent to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for review in the last five years. The cases are broken down by city, offense category, and year. Offense category is a high-level categorization of offense types that differs from the offense type designations used in other pages (see “About the data”).

Feedback and questions

If you have feedback or questions, please contact the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office via Citizen Information. Reference “Data dashboard” to be routed appropriately.

Citizen information
Phone: 612-348-2146
citizeninfo@hennepin.us

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