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Ramsey County Uses Proxy Tool to Divert Low-Risk Offenders
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In early 2014, a report from the Applied Research Services, Inc was released showing the results of the Ramsey County validation study of the Proxy risk screener. The report outlines how the Proxy was successfully normed on 200 Ramsey County misdemeanor cases and validated for use in that jurisdiction to triage community corrections populations so that low-risk individuals can be placed on minimum supervision without further assessment.

This effort was led by St. Paul‘s Assistant City Attorney Laura Pieten, who was looking for a research based tool that could assist her team in identifying individuals most likely to successfully complete diversion programming. The project team was comprised of the Ms. Pieten from the City Attorney’s Office, Ramsey County Sheriff, local pretrial services, the Center for Effective Public Policy, and was supported by the National Institute of Corrections. This locally validated tool will now be used to help the St. Paul City Attorney’s office decide on cases that can be diverted early and result in a successful outcome.

The report is now available on the  National Institute of Corrections website. If you would like more information about St. Paul City Attorney’s office work with the proxy tool and diversion, please contact Laura Pieten by email,

If you would like more information about the Evidence Based Decision Making in Local and State Criminal Justice Systems please contact Lori Eville either by email, or call 202-514-0118.

Posted Wed, Apr 16 2014 11:38 AM by Susan Powell


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