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Ombudsman for Corrections

Also known as:
Ombudsman Commission (1972)
Active dates:1972-July 2003

The ombudsman for the department of corrections shall be accountable to the governor and shall have the authority to investigate decisions, acts, and other matters of the department of corrections so as to promote the highest attainable standards of competence, efficiency, and justice in the administration of corrections.


The office of ombudsman for the Minnesota Department of Corrections was created by Governor Wendell Anderson in 1972 on an experimental basis as the Ombudsman Commission, funded by Law Enforcement Assistance Administration grants through the Governor's Crime Commission. In 1973, the legislature established the office as an independent agency of state government known as the Ombudsman for Corrections.

In 2002 the Minnesota Legislature reduced the budget for the Ombudsman for Corrections to $0 for 2003 (see HF351 and 2002 Minn. Laws, Chap. 220 Art. 6 Sec. 4) and in the 2003 Special Session the Minnesota Legislature eliminated the office of the Ombudsman for Corrections (see 2003 Minn. Laws, 1st Spec. Sess., Chap. 2 Art. 5 Sec. 1).

In 2007 the Legislature established a Corrections Ombudsman Working Group to be chaired by the Commissioner of Human Rights to consider, among other things, whether the Ombudsman for Corrections should be reinstated. A report detailing the group's findings and recommendations was issued in January 2008.

In 2019 the Legislature re-established the office as the Ombudsperson for Corrections

Agency heads:

Agency heads: Theartrice Williams (1972-1982); Robert L. Battle (1983); John Poupart (1984-1991); Melvin Brown (1991); Patricia Seleen (Jan. 1992-Dec. 1999); David Larson (Dec. 1999-2003).

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
Readers Write: Minnesota's prison system. Star Tribune, 12/24/2018.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1971-2019.
Record last updated: 12/17/2020

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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