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Public News Service - MN: Criminal Justice

A group of Minnesota religious leaders are supporting moves to lessen mandatory sentencing for low-level drug offenses. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota's prison population continues to grow, a group of religious leaders are speaking out in support of plans to lighten the state's drug sentencing laws. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission is holding a public meeting this afternoon to weigh the pros and cons

The ACLU in Minnesota and 10 other states has a new phone app to securely record and store their interactions with police. Credit: DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. - After several phone videos of the police killings of unarmed black men and other misconduct have gone viral over the past two years, a civil rights group is rolling out a phone recording app today in 11 states including Minnesota. According to the ACLU, its Mobile Justice App will

Critics say the state should not turn to the owner of an empty private prison in Swift County to reduce inmate overcrowding, because the corporation has a record full of

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Reopening a private prison in Appleton would be a terrible solution to inmate overcrowding, according to Minnesota labor and community groups. The state's prisons are overflowing, and Swift County officials want a legislative task force to reconsider an empty private prison

Frank Abagnale is now an ambassador for the AARP's Fraud Watch Network, but when he was a young man he stole millions while passing himself off as an airline pilot, a doctor and an attorney. Credit: AARP Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and Minnesotans are getting tips on how to protect themselves from a man who knows the fraud business all too well. Frank Abagnale, the former con man whose life was portrayed in the movie "Catch Me If You Can," is now regarded as

PHOTO: Minnesota is looking to do more to help an especially vulnerable population of children and babies born to incarcerated mothers. Photo credit: Frank de Kleine/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - They are among the babies who face the biggest hurdles to healthy and successful lives, but more help may soon be on the way with added support for those Minnesota mothers giving birth behind bars. Last year Minnesota passed its first ever law that implemented standards of safety

PHOTO: People convicted of a felony would be able to vote immediately upon their release from prison or jail under a bill to be debated today in the Minnesota Senate. Photo credit: Vox Efx/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Debate is expected today in the Minnesota Senate on a bill that includes a proposal to allow people convicted of felonies to vote immediately upon their release from jail or prison. Currently, those convicted of a felony are unable to vote until they're no longer on parole,

PHOTO: A Minnesota nonprofit organization is reporting success in helping keep former inmates from returning to prison by linking them with opportunities for employment and housing. Photo credit: Krystian Olszanski/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A program in Minnesota is making great strides in helping African-American men who are getting out of prison stay out - and also work toward getting out of poverty. Thomas Adams, president and chief executive of Better Futures of Minnesota, said key to the nonprofit group's succes

PHOTO: An effort to reduce domestic violence among Minnesota's Latino population is using social connectedness to engage the community and let victims know what help is available. Photo credit: Nicola/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Domestic violence cuts across all economic, racial and social boundaries in Minnesota but there can be varied needs among victims, and one effort finding success is focused on the state's Latino population. Ivette Izea-Martinez, community engagement manager at Casa de Esperanza,

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