The primary purpose of the Department of Corrections is public safety, a fundamental duty of government. The agency operates secure prisons and provides community supervision of offenders. The agency’s mission is to reduce recidivism by promoting offender change through proven strategies during safe and secure incarceration and effective community supervision. Minnesota is committed to serving offenders at the local level when possible and reserving state prison beds for the most serious, chronic offenders. This commitment is shown to be cost effective as Minnesota nationally ranks 38th lowest in per capita spending on state and local corrections.