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Ombudsperson for Corrections

Also known as:
Office of Ombudsperson for the Department of Corrections
Office of the Ombuds for Corrections (OBFC)
Active dates:2019 -

The ombudsperson for 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 original office of the Ombudsman for Corrections was created in 1972. 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.

The office was re-established in 2019 as the Office of Ombudsperson for the Department of Corrections. 

On December 17, 2019, Gov. Walz announced his appointment of Mark Haase as the Ombudsperson for Corrections.

On September 22, 2022, Governor Tim Walz announced the appointment of Margaret Zadra to serve as the Ombudsperson for Corrections. Margaret Zadra has served as Interim Ombudsperson since January 2022.


The ombudsperson shall be appointed by the governor in the unclassified service, and may be removed only for just cause. The ombudsperson shall be selected without regard to political affiliation, and shall be a person highly competent and qualified to analyze questions of law, administration, and public policy. 

Agency heads:

Ombudsperson: Mark Haase (2019 - 2021); Margaret Zadra (Interim Ombudsperson January 2022 - September 2022, then Ombudsperson starting Sept. 21, 2022 -  ).

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
Ombudsman: Set some prisoners free during pandemic. Minnesota Lawyer, 4/2/2020.
Letter from Ombuds for Corrections to Gov. Walz and legislative leaders regardings COVID-19 pandemic response. Office of the Ombuds for Corrections, 3/31/2020.
Readers Write: Minnesota's prison system. Star Tribune, 12/24/2018.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2018-2020.
Record last updated: 06/27/2023

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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