Crime is up – Incarceration is down

Recently compiled data by Center of the American Experiment shows a troubling correlation between Minnesota’s increasing crime rate and its decreasing incarceration rate.

In 2020, for the first time in recorded history, Minnesota’s crime rate rose above the national average. At the same time Minnesota’s incarceration rate, frequently among the lowest in the nation, continued to decline. In 2021 Minnesota’s incarceration rate dropped in ranking to 48th, just behind Maine and Massachusetts.

Minnesota has lost its status as a “low crime state.” Some may debate causation, but those serious about public safety are right to take a more urgent and practical look at the facts — and demand changes.