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Public News Service - MN: Criminal Justice

New policies and a special task force are being promised following a report by the Star-Tribune that found police never assigned an investigator in 25 percent of the sexual-assault cases reported over a two-year period. (pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A policy designed to improve sex-assault investigations across Minnesota is now being promised by the chairman of the state's police licensing board following a newspaper report that documented extensive failings in police work on rape and other sexual assaults. Chairman Ti

A scam involving new Medicare cards is the latest trick being used by some con artists to convince older people to share identifying information. (Pixabay)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Consumer groups in Minnesota continue their efforts to protect older adults from fraud and identity theft. At a "Scam Jam" event today in Cambridge, AARP Minnesota and the Better Business Bureau teamed up to educate seniors, family members and caregivers about the most com

Between 2008 and 2016, Minnesota's crime rate dropped 24 percent while the incarceration rate rose 1 percent. (Dave Nakayama/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new study from The Pew Charitable Trusts found that incarceration rates fell across the nation from their record high 10 years ago. Crime rates also fell, but in Minnesota, while the crime rate has dropped, too, the incarceration rate has risen slightly. Kelly Mitchell

The updated Minnesota Protocol is also known as The Revised United Nations Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. (Falcon Photography)

MINNEAPOLIS – A nonprofit group in Minnesota has written – and most recently, helped revise – guidelines to protect human rights. Those guidelines are known as the Minnesota Protocol, although they are better known and more widely used outside the state. The guidelines were dev

More than 250,000 Minnesotans have received concealed-carry permits since that legislation was passed in 2003. (Madison Scott-Clary/FlickR)

MINNEAPOLIS – Gun violence kills or injures almost 1,000 Minnesotans a year. And some of the best minds in the state aim to do something about it during the Northstar Public Health Conference on Gun Violence in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday. Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, executiv

A new approach to investigating child sexual abuse should better equip small towns to deal with the problem. (First Witness)

DULUTH, Minn. – A conference today in Duluth brings together police, lawyers, social workers and doctors for a new approach to helping victims of child sexual abuse. Instead of dealing separately with various agencies and professionals, victims are interviewed only one time. A video of that

Women between ages 40 and 60 are most vulnerable to romance scams. (gettyimages)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- February is traditionally prime time for romance, but it's also a time when internet scammers are out looking for victims. Experts advise Minnesotans to proceed with caution before they let their hearts - and their finances - get tangled up in a romantic scheme. Special Agent Ga

As the Department of Justice plans to end its use of private prisons, Minnesota's correctional officer's union wants to keep a private facility in Appleton permanently shuttered. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Department of Justice's plan to end its use of private prisons is renewing calls to keep a private Minnesota facility permanently closed. Some state lawmakers have been considering a plan to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. But the idea has b

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