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Justice & Public Safety

Commentary: It’s Past Time to Talk and Write Much Better About Gender-Based Violence

"Achieving a violence free Minnesota demands that we explicitly name domestic violence when and where it occurs, and that it remains a matter of community action before, during, and after tragedies like these—not just when first responders are killed in their attempts to assist."

Discovering an Obscure Black Underground Railroad Leader in Minnesota

Saint Paul may have been a more important stop on the Underground Railroad than previously thought.

Legacy Story: Standing Up For Themselves (1992)

If she had never damaged any property or created any other problems, she wondered, could the management company legally refuse to renew her lease?

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UPDATED 2-13: Policing Safety in Schools?

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As schools resume statewide, there is pushback by some politicians and law enforcement officers about not being able to use a prone hold — putting a student face down on the ground and applying weight to their head, throat, neck, or chest to restrict their ability to breathe.
Sue Aberholden

NAMI Director: Five Top Issues in Minnesota’s Mental Health System

For several years we have been connecting periodically with…

Court Judgments Against Landlords

HavenBrook Homes and Progress Residential In December 2023,…

Assistant Attorney General Katherine Kelly on How the State Protects Renters

Some of the new laws that went into effect this year are a step in the right direction.

Legacy Story: Squeezed, Hounded, and Harassed (2000)

As the number of available rental units in the Twin Cities shrinks, reported incidents of sexual harassment toward women tenants have increased.

Solving Issues With the Unhoused: A Conversation With Rinal Ray

I think we’re getting much better at intently and intentionally listening, and then acting based on what people are telling us needs to happen.

The Erroneous Link Between Mental Illness and Violence

We are focused on mental illness as being key to  violence prevention — but it accounts for only five percent of the violence. 

SERIES: Debunking One of the Four Myths of Crime

Over the past year of “Re-Imagining Public Safety” conversations, we have noted four common but mistaken perceptions about violence and crime.

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SERIES: How Ramsey County Addresses Public Safety

Ramsey County has consistently been able to solve homicides — at a rate of above 90 percent — because there's trust with the system and in communities, which is a big part of criminal justice.

2023 Changemaker Rhonda Martinson: Policing the Response to Domestic Violence

They are not solely a critique of police policies and practices, but a way to understand the “why” behind missing pieces that block support for victims.

2023 Changemaker: Mercedes Yarbrough: Re-Envisioning Education One Comic at a Time

The goal, she says, is to “empower kids of color to see their history through a positive lens.”