Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law Wednesday making it easier to erase the criminal records of some offenders. The law could affect thousands of Minnesotans.
The Department of Education just released a report saying one in five women has been sexually assaulted while in college. Furthermore, figures from the study show only 12 percent of sexual assault victims report the crime.
The number of crime victims using Minnesota’s address confidentiality program has grown steadily since it began nearly seven years ago. The program allows victims to use a substitute address to prevent abusers, stalkers and other perpetrators from knowing where they live.
Recent cases of violent crime in East St. Paul sparked a heated debate on Thursday night. Neighbors packed Arlington Hills Lutheran Church to voice their concerns to city leaders and law enforcement. The community concerns stem from a mid-July shooting that claimed the life of 17-year-old Vincent Allison, and also after a group of people severely beat 26-year-old Ray Widstrand earlier this month.
The Minnesota Department of Corrections uses electronic monitoring to track high-risk sex offenders, as well as other offenders who are finishing out their sentences on supervised release. Thousands of alerts are generated each month, and while most are harmless, strapping a GPS bracelet on an offender’s ankle does not guarantee he or she will stay out of trouble.