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.
Good Question: How Often Do Former Prisoners Re-Offend?The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) conducted a five-year study of 404,639 prisoners from 30 states that was released in 2005. Within three years, 67.8 percent of them had been arrested again. By five years, that rate jumped to 76.6 percent.
WCCO Investigates Minnesota's Sex Offender ProgramFor more than two decades, Minnesota's most dangerous sex offenders have been locked up a second time after serving prison sentences. They've been committed to indefinite detention in treatment programs after parole.
William Mitchell, Hamline Law School To MergeTwo nationally-renowned St. Paul law schools -- located just three mile apart -- will soon become one. William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law are planning to transform into Mitchell|Hamline School of Law. The school will be located largely on William Mitchell's campus on Summit Avenue.
As Sex Offender Program Marches On, Rising CostsMinnesota lawmakers are getting nowhere over how to resolve constitutional questions about the state's sex offender treatment program, but the same can't be said about the program's costs. They're going somewhere — up. About 50 new patients enter the program every year, a growth rate that threatens to swamp existing facilities in the next few years. A Senate committee on Thursday will review a request for $7.4 million this year to renovate and expand the St. Peter treatment center; another $30 million or more is on the drawing board for future growth there and in Moose Lake.
Vikings Stadium Lease Vote Halted During Wilf Finances InvestigationThe Vikings stadium final leases were scheduled for votes this Friday at the Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission. But now those votes are on hold until an investigation into the Wilf family's finances can be completed.
Dayton Appoints Weiler To District CourtGovernor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Mr. Leonard A. Weiler as a District Court judge in Minnesota's Seventh Judicial District on Monday.
Professor Concerned Crime Lab Issues Placed Innocents In PrisonA Minnesota law professor is questioning the state's justice system and evidence labs following the controversy surrounding the St. Paul Police Department’s Crime Lab.
Helen Meyer Stepping Down From Minn. Supreme Court Associate Justice Helen Meyer said Thursday she's stepping down from the Minnesota Supreme Court, giving Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton his first chance to make an appointment to the conservative-leaning high court.
Law Student Honors Wife With ScholarshipIn the fall of 2008, Brian Bender was a new father and attending William Mitchell College of Law. Suddenly, the first-year law student would confront a challenge few other students ever face.
Schools Lift Military Ban In Post-DADT EraWhen military recruiters begin arriving this month for the first time in more than a decade at Vermont Law School, it will have a special meaning for Alex Manning.