Policy makers and community leaders of all stripes have recognized the need to improve the ability of individuals with criminal records to gain employment in order to successfully reenter society. This is based upon public safety and cost-effectiveness, as well as a belief in redemption for those who have paid their debt to society.
The Minnesota Justice Forum is convened annually to bring these parties together to continue the work to create a coordinated community-wide approach to effective legislation during the upcoming legislative session.
Use the links below to learn more about the continuing work of the Justice Forum and to get involved.
Minnesota Justice Forum 2011
Each year, the Council on Crime and Justice brings together policymakers, national scholars, local stakeholders, and community members to develop strategies that will help our criminal justice system work better for all Minnesotans. This year we partnered with the Institute on Race and Poverty and the Minnesota Judicial Council’s Committee on Equality and Justice to focus on crafting real solutions to racial disparities in our criminal justice system.
We are working with the Institute on Race and Poverty to publish a report based on the day’s testimony.
2011 Minnesota Justice Forum Opening Remarks (Video)
Judge Pamela Alexander of the Council on Crime and Justice and Myron Orfield from the Institute on Race and Poverty.
You may view all of the videos from the event and read a few of the Powerpoint presentations
School Segregation, School Poverty and Incarceration in Minnesota (Perry Moriearty, Myron Orfield)
Reducing Racial Disparities (Michael Tonry)
Racial Disparities in Minnesota (Richard Frase)
Minnesota Becomes First State to “Ban the Box”
On May 11th Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed into law a public safety policy omnibus bill (House File 1301) which includes two provisions that begin to address the growing problem of individuals with criminal records finding employment. Read more
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