Mike Cook at Session Daily reports in Prison population exceeds facility capacity, working group learns:
The state’s prison population currently exceeds facility capacity. That provided myriad ideas from legislators and others at the inaugural meeting of an informal working group.
No action was taken Friday by the Prison Population Task Force, which received an overview of the overcrowding and provided the more than 30 people gathered around the table — including about a dozen legislators — chances to express their thoughts.
“It’s a conversation that’s long overdue,” said Rep. Raymond Dehn (DFL-Mpls). “One size doesn’t fit all.” . . .
Read the rest at the Session Daily. Over the weekend, Bluestem will post more analysis of the hearing, but for now present The Uptake's Youtube of the meeting, along with the Department of Correction's powerpoint presentation. Both are embedded below, after the video.
Here's the Department of Corrections presentation to the Prison Population Taskforce:
Here's the Minnesota Department of Corrections Adult Inmate Profile as of July 1, 2015:
Photo: Representative Dan Schoen, DFL-Cottage Grove, a police officer and consultant for a medical cannabis firm, spoke of the need for public safety, but also about how education and living wages are the best crime prevention measures.
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