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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Criminal Justice: M.S.


Criminal Justice


School of Public Affairs

First Advisor

Lindsey Vigesaa

Second Advisor

Dick T. Andzenge

Third Advisor

Elizabeth D. Scheel-Keita

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Domestic Violence


The purpose of this study is to examine whether inmates who were incarcerated within the Minnesota Department of Corrections between January 1, 2014 and December 5, 2016 have domestic violence related criminal histories. Findings indicated that over 60 percent of the sample had a domestic violence related criminal history. Upon closer examination of the data by gender, a bivariate statistical analysis revealed that male inmates were significantly more likely to have a domestic violence related criminal history than their female counterparts. This research documents the notion that domestic violence related criminal histories are not uncommon within the incarcerated population in Minnesota, and specific policy and programming efforts should be explored to address the domestic violence related issues within the inmate population.