Our state has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the country, but almost 40% of those exiting our state prisons will be convicted of another felony in just three years. This rate has stayed relatively consistent over the past decade and it is time we do more to ensure increased public safety across Minnesota.
Our goal should be to ensure individuals exiting our justice system do so with the skills, character, and practical knowledge necessary for them to be successful upon reintegration into their community, so they are better positioned to provide for themselves and their families.
Minnesota needs to provide better treatment and training options during incarceration, provide access to identification and continuity in medications upon release (necessary for stable housing and employment), and remove dated and irrelevant criminal records.
We must work to eliminate barriers that block formerly incarcerated individuals from successfully returning to our communities, creating real second chances and modernizing our court system!