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
Andrew Sagvold
Director of Programs and Services
Ebony Ruhland
Director of Research
Family Services
Ruth Johnson
Project Coordinator
Thomas Powell
Mentor Coordinator / Educator
Advocacy & Public Policy
Joshua Esmay
Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
Suzy Gustafson
VISTA Attorney
Crime Victim Services
Crime Victim Hotline
24 Hours

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 Trainings:

Th. Sep 4th - 4:30-9pm
M. Sep 8th - 4:30-9pm
Tu. Sep 9th - 4:30-9pm


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

Framework opinion paper by Gary Gilson, "What Influence Have the News Media Had on Crime and Justice in Minnesota?"

Framework opinion paper by Eric S. Janus, "The criminal justice system, the mental health system, and the preventive state"

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Reducing Racial Disparity
and Enhancing Public Safety
in the Judicial System
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