Good Question: Why Are People In Prison, And Who Are They?Within the federal prison system, half of all prisoners are there for drug-related offenses, but the makeup of the state’s prisoners is much different. So, what crimes send people to prison? Good Question.
Minn. Lawmakers To Debate Growing State Prison PopulationMinnesota's top corrections experts are looking at ways to ease the strain on the state's overcrowded prisons. Minnesota has one of the fastest-growing prison populations in the country, despite a drop in the crime rate.
Company's Struggles Highlight Challenges Of Inmate CareThe growth of the for-profit prison care industry raises questions about how to divide expensive and complicated responsibilities between public agencies and private companies. It turns, though, on a thornier underlying issue: How do you ensure care of people that society mostly would prefer not to think about?
Some Sex Offenders Could Go To Less Secure SettingOfficials with the state's sex offender program say six low-functioning offenders could be moved to a less restrictive setting if a court approves their transfers. The announcement comes as state Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson faces legal pressure to reform the two-decade-old sex offender program.
Gay Marriage Law Causes Prisoner DilemmaThree same-sex couples in state custody as sex offenders are seeking marriage licenses under Minnesota's gay marriage law. The new law is causing thorny questions for state officials who supervise incarcerated people.
Minnesota's Prison Population Among Nation's LowestA new report shows Minnesota's prison population rate is among the nation's lowest. The U.S. Department of Justice statistics released Thursday says Maine had the lowest rate of imprisonment at 145 per 100,000 residents.
Minn. Senate Judiciary Budget Has Higher Judge Pay The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill funding state courts and corrections including a pay increase for judges.
Franken Seeks To Expand Mental Health Care Sen. Al Franken is unveiling a bill to increase funding for mental health problems in prisons and jails.
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