Minn. House Passes Public Safety Bill With Cuts

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A public safety package that would toughen penalties for sex offenders while cutting spending on prisons, legal services, crime victim programs and the state’s anti-discrimination office has cleared the House.

The bill passed on a 71-59 vote Thursday after Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy predicted the cost-cutting could lead to early release of prisoners or a prison closing.

Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, dismissed Roy’s comments as a “scare tactic.”

Cornish says the bill would keep criminals behind bars and law enforcement adequately funded.

Democrats say the proposal would push costs for incarceration and offender services onto county property taxes.

They are also decrying a 65 percent funding cut for the state Human Rights Department, which investigates discrimination claims in housing, education, public services and employment.

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  • MNTom

    should cut 100 percent tot he Human Rights Dept. As for prisoners getting out early just buy yourself a gun to protect yourself, it is not the police depts job. they show up afterwards to put the chalk line down and yellow tape up. It is your own personal responsibilty to protect yourself.

  • Keeping it real in Minnesota

    Public safety should never be a budget item…..if they do the crime, the sit the time., I am sure we could figure out other places to make spending cuts, such as state workers leaning on shovels all over the state, or for example. There is a program for people who are in need of protection from themselves at behavioral facilities around the state, run by the state, but the state rents the buildings from a private property management group, and the state pays $40,000.00 per month to rent the buildings each…….don’t they have their own (state) buildings to use??

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