Hennepin County Attorney's Office unveils data dashboard for public

March 14, 2019 01:28 PM

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office is rolling out a new tool that gives the public an in-depth look at the cases it has prosecuted.

People will be able to dive deep into the data surrounding these cases.


County Attorney Mike Freeman says a data dashboard will show cases since 2014 and give the public the entire picture. It's a project that started three years ago.

"We had rough numbers, but we couldn't manipulate the numbers like we could today to get much more specific. We kept track of how many cases we have, how many we charged, how many we decline, those sort of things, but now being able to type and compare them and do it in a rapid, quick order just gives us a lot more information," said Freeman.

Freeman added the collected data will provide transparency for the community and hold his office accountable. The dashboard tracks all felony adult cases and all juvenile cases.

"I think this is the most complete online data source of anywhere in the country. Other places have material online, but not in this detailed form, so it's always harder when you are the pioneer," said Freeman.

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Freeman adds the goal is to look at all of the data and find solutions to bigger problems like reducing racial disparities.

"We are going to get better at manipulating some of this data, try to figure out where we put our resources and try to figure out how we can be more efficient," said Freeman.

The data dashboard is expected to go live Thursday.

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