According to a MinnPost survey of the state’s public defenders, they are spending less time researching arguments, reviewing evidence and preparing clients and witnesses to testify. Nearly half say they have lost cases because of a heavy workload.
We sent our survey to more than 400 public defenders in Minnesota. Here are the results.
Some of those who revitalized Minnesota’s Republican Party in the 1970s are now on the GOP’s blacklist. In the coming weeks, I’ll be exploring what happened to the state GOP through documents, photos and interviews. I need your help.
A decade ago, Gov. Jesse Ventura’s staff received an email every week, subject: “Top Ten Reasons Citizens Contacted the Governor the Week Of…” Here’s a fascinating time-machine experience: What were the issues?
The number of adult prisoners incarcerated by the Minnesota Department of Corrections has grown by 62 percent since 2000. As the prison population swells it is also aging.
Michigan State professor Phil Howard maintains a “Who owns organic?” chart. And researchers in Cornucopia, Wis., diligently track the industrialization of organics. There’s plenty of data for Minnesota’s organic-food shoppers.
According to data just released by the Minnesota Department of Revenue, the average proposed tax increase for Minnesota property owners is just 2.6 percent — a 10-year low.
Minneapolis homeowners are receiving proposed property tax notices this week — and many are facing a double-digit increase. A big shift over the past decade has them paying more than commercial, industrial and rental property owners combined.
I’m looking to sign up 50 volunteers to spend a minimum of 15 minutes poring over the county-by-county data organized so elegantly by ProPublica. Are you up for it? It’s simple.
Jim Oberstar’s defeat in the 8th District will mean less federal money for Minnesota. That’s not just because Chip Cravaack is less-than inclined to pursue pork dollars; it’s because Oberstar was really good at it.
Since February 2009, the feds have spent $1,357 per Minnesotan in our state. Check out the details of spending in your county and let me know what you find.
Minneapolis’ murder rate was on the decline in recent years, but this year there has been a disconcerting jump. I’ll be tracking murders here at The Intelligencer and it begins with a map I’ve put together.
Lorie Gildea is the public face of a judicial branch where 250 positions have been cut since 2008. “We can’t put people in prison we’re afraid of if we don’t have a fully functioning justice system,” she says.
Immigration judges are inching their way through the largest immigration-case backlog in Minnesota’s history. There were 2,500 open cases, a 46 percent increase since 2008.
Welcome to the MinnPost Intelligencer, a new blog for investigative reporting and data-driven projects with a crucial twist: We’re expanding our network of sources to include you and your network of trusted colleagues and friends.
An anonymous survey and a letter to judges, both obtained by MinnPost, depict public defenders in the state’s Third Judicial District as overloaded with cases in a stressed out court system.
When we speak of the “military-industrial complex” we’re usually talking about the companies who build and service America’s weapons. But Minnesota food company bring in a lot of defense dollars as well.
We don’t have a public defender crisis in Minnesota; we have a calamity. “I can barely breathe,” says a public defender from the Second Judicial District. “I’m worried my clients are not well served,” says another.
The response to our request for your stories from inside Minnesota’s underfunded court system has been fantastic. We’d like to hear more.