A staff of professionals with expertise in criminal justice issues, law, research, community outreach, direct care, non-profit administration and management and project management, carries out the organization’s activities.

A dedicated Board of Directors with expertise in public policy, social service, and issues related to social and criminal justice lends critical support to the efforts of our staff and is fully engaged in the mission of our organization.

Gary Schiff
Hally Turner
Research Assistant
Family Services
Ruth Johnson
Project Coordinator
Thomas Powell
Mentor Coordinator / Educator
Advocacy & Public Policy
Joshua Esmay
Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Andrea Palumbo
Criminal Records Attorney
Suzy Gustafson
VISTA Attorney
Crime Victim Services
Crime Victim Hotline
24 Hours

Sharon Haas
Crime Victim Advocacy Program Manager
Lisa Underwood
Crime Victim Advocate
Samantha Greer
Accounting/HR Manager
Joshua Bertsch
Office/IT Administrator

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To Help Crime Victims!

Volunteer as a crime victim advocate on the Council's 24 hour crisis hotline. You can work at home or in our offices. Flexible schedules.

Upcoming Volunteer Advocate Training:

June 18th 4:30-9pm
June 22nd 4:30-9pm
June 24th 4:30-9pm


Framework opinion paper by Otis Zanders, "MCF-Red Wing Perspectives on the State Juvenile Criminal Justice System"

Framework opinion paper by Robert Sykora, "Our New Permanent Punishment Machine"

Sentencing Policy and Criminal Justice in Minnesota: Past, Present, and Future
- Richard Frase

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Reducing Racial Disparity
and Enhancing Public Safety
in the Judicial System
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