Of 23 people eligible for the program so far, four have been approved.
“We punish those who are already victims of their own circumstances and put them into even worse circumstances.”
More than half of all Minnesotans have had one or more ACEs, according to the most recent Minnesota Department of Health study.
Data suggests that prison is not an effective deterrent.
Two formerly incarcerated women share their stories.
1987: “A lot of it is chemical dependency problems and economic problems. It’s unfortunate that we don’t intervene in a meaningful way [first].”
From 2013 to 2020, women imprisoned while pregnant had not committed a new crime — 77 percent had been incarcerated for a technical violation, such as violating parole by not checking in with a probation officer.