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Public Safety Solutions in Saint Paul

The nuance is a shift from centering the responder to one that anchors on a specific challenge or impetus for a call and honors the value of specialized training.

  • 10/20/2021
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Minneapolis Candidates: Views on Public Safety

Public safety is a key factor in the Minneapolis elections this November. Here is where the candidates stand.

  • 10/20/2021
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Ramsey County: Responding to Sexual Assault Crimes Today

“[The goal] is not simply to send people to prison. It is ultimately ‘do what you can to define success in these cases.’”

  • 10/20/2021
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How Hennepin County Is Fine-Tuning Mental Health Response

Hennepin County is expanding its mental health response budget by $20 million through 2024.

  • 10/15/2021
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My Job as an Embedded Social Worker

With the upcoming local elections focused on where voters land on public safety needs — the $180-million, 600-plus-person Minneapolis police department being a central piece of the conversation — we are focused on providing information about what solutions are getting committed, long-term resources.

  • 10/14/2021
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Putting Money and Policy Behind Prevention: Edit Letter and TOC

Melissa Petrangelo Scaia: “My frustration is not that we do not know how to end violence against women. It is that we have not changed the thinking that women are less.”

  • 09/24/2021
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Legacy of Gender-Based Violence and Race

When we look back at crime, justice, and healing, there are patterns that have emerged indefinitely. For example, in 1992,

  • 09/20/2021
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Trauma and the Chauvin Trial

The old white guard gets to define what trauma is, and that quickly snowballs into who gets chemical dependency treatment or who gets health care because how people exhibit their trauma doesn’t fit into that white framework.

  • 08/25/2021
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“Sparked”: Current Residents on Defunding Police (part 2)

Reflections on the murder of George Floyd and the uprisings that followed, and on racism in Minnesota, as told by current residents of the state.

  • 08/15/2021
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“The Holly”: A Story of Gang Violence and Solutions (part 1)

“For many elders, watching Black neighborhoods go to war with one another was devastating. Some saw it as a grotesque outgrowth of generations of trauma, this time fueled by tribalism, PTSD, and self-hatred.”

  • 07/28/2021
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Storying the Mississippi

Introduction written by Kristy Ornelas For the majority of my life, the faces I saw recreating and educating on the

  • 06/25/2021
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Reader Exercise: How Would You Fund Public Safety?

As Minneapolis in particular faces greater scrutiny about public safety leading up to the 2021 city elections, we are exploring the data about crime and potential solutions for prevention.

  • 06/14/2021