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Ramsey County’s Director of Community Corrections, John Klavins, announced that Boys Totem Town (BTT) suspended operations indefinitely as of August 1, 2019. In that time, the last of six youth at the residential treatment facility will have completed the program. 

Ramsey County has experienced declines and attributed this to ongoing system-wide efforts through the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) and related “Deep-End” reforms. This collaborative effort has a strong focus on maintaining public safety while reducing confinement through greater use of community alternatives such as functional family therapy and culturally-specific services. Further, the trend aligns with a general reduction in crime rates over the past several years in Ramsey County. 

The residential treatment facility for adolescent boys has been in operation for more than 100 years in the Battle Creek neighborhood of Saint Paul. In the months ahead, county leaders will engage with local city and neighborhood partners and other stakeholders about potential long-term future uses of the 85-acre site. 

Boys Totem Town was a residential program for up to 36 adolescent boys ages 14-18 who had been committed by the court to treatment for committing offenses and demonstrating risky behavioral concerns in the community. Located in Saint Paul’s Battle Creek neighborhood, Boys Totem Town served the Ramsey County community for more than 100 years. Boys Totem Town provided a safe, secure, and healthy environment for residents and helped facilitate community safety by providing specialized evidence-based services to youth and empowering families to prevent future out-of-home placements.

Ramsey County, home to Minnesota’s state capital and more than 540,000 residents, is known for vibrant neighborhoods, parks, and abundant family activities. Ramsey County employs more than 4,000 people in full and part-time positions in a variety of fields related to Health and Wellness, Safety and Justice, Information and Public Records, Economic Growth and Community Investment and more. 

This was reported by Ramsey County on May 21, 2019.  

Contact information: John Siqveland, Communications & Public Relations, Ramsey County, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102; 651-746-9250; Email:; Website:

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