MN’s Prison Population
For the week of April 17, 2016
An increase in Minnesota’s prison population has resulted in over-crowded prisons and less access to rehabilitation programs for prisoners. Kelly Mitchell, Executive Director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota discusses her work on the Minnesota Prison Population Task Force and the changes she recommends for the state’s sentencing guidelines.
- Part 1
(1:17) Minnesota’s prison population has increased 150 percent in the past 25 years; (3:13) MN has had one of the lowest prison populations in the country; (4:35) There is no direct correlation between a rise in crime and a rise in the prison population; (5:03) Over-crowding in prison denies prisoners access to training and treatment; (7:48) The MN Prison Population Task Force chaired by State Senator Ron Latz; (10:44) The proposals that came out of the task force
- Part 2
(:23) How the task force was set up; (2:07) The difficulties in passing sentencing reform through legislation; (5:13) Sentencing guidelines for drugs; (6:21) Costs of rehabilitation and probation programs; (8:54) The likelihood the task force proposals will be addressed