A new report suggests a Christian-based program is helping inmates leave prison and find housing and work. And a prison official tells MPR those benefits come at no cost to taxpayers. But some critics charge the program is taking advantage of vulnerable adults; others say it creates a separate class of inmates who get special benefits.
St. Cloud suspect now charged in two local murder cases
Both murders happened within a day of each other in June.
Twin Cities police ask for help finding missing 16-year-old
Police say all her family and friends have been contacted, and none of them know where she is.
MPD releases photos of shooting suspect, asks for public's help
The man is wanted in connection with a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday evening.
Support grows for Redmon's Popcorn after shop's sudden closure
The county also commented on the situation, saying it hopes to help owner Zack Redmon.
Prior Lake HS investigating another 'racist' video involving student
The principal said the social media video was reported to them this week.
Walz: Minnesota has secured 1 million rapid, at-home COVID tests for kids
It comes as the delta variant continues to surge in Minnesota, and the omicron variant might follow.
Forest Service limiting permits to BWCAW due to damage, overcrowding
Visitors have been cutting down trees and have been forced to compete for campsites.
Lockdown update: Armed man threatened to go to Kimball High School
A high school and elementary school near St. Cloud went into lockdown as a precaution.
People in Chaska are flushing the wrong crap down the toilet
Water and sewer crews in Chaska have had to clean the same pump four times in the past seven days.
Vikings facing big injury issues ahead of game against Lions
Will it even matter against the winless Lions?
Minn. prisons to let inmates get email
Minnesota prisons are joining other states nationwide that are allowing inmates to receive emails. MPR reports that the emails, which began this week, are coordinated by Iowa-based Advanced Technologies Group, which sends the emails to prison mailrooms. The messages are then printed out by staff members and delivered along with regular mail.
Inmates help train puppies into service dogs at Duluth prison
Four puppies are on their way to becoming service dogs thanks to the efforts of a Twin Cities program and the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth. Through the program Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs, or PawPADs, inmates will take two years to train the puppies in to disability dogs to help diabetics and the physically handicapped.
Dept. of Corrections: Visitors can help reduce inmate recidivism
MPR News reports new data suggests that inmates who have visitors -- like family members and clergy -- can reduce their chances of recidivism by as much as 13 percent. The biggest hurdle is helping the 40 percent of prisoners who receive no visitors at all.
"Million-dollar inmates" on the rise in Minnesota prisons
More than a tenth of Minnesota's prison population is 50 years or older. Many of them who need expensive medical treatments for things like diabetes, cancer and heart disease are referred to as "million-dollar prisoners." The Star Tribune reports the Corrections Department has tripled its medical budget over the past 10 years in order to provide offenders with proper medical care.
Report: Leper mingled with other state inmates
The medical director for the state Department of Corrections told the Star Tribune prison medical staff failed to quarantine a prisoner with a history of leprosy who had visible lesions. The offender was held in the general population in prisons at St. Cloud and Rush city for nearly two months this spring, exposing prison staff and hundreds of inmates to the communicable disease.
Hennepin County inmates publish poetry collection
After attending three creative writing workshops, a group of 95 Hennepin County Adult Corrections Facility inmates have been introduced to the world of poetry publishing. The sessions resulted in a collection of prose titled "Poems from the Inside."
Court challenge of Sex Offender Program certified as class action
A case arguing that Minnesota's Sex Offender Program is unconstitutional is now a class action lawsuit. There are 600 offenders in the program. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank ruled that considering each case separately would be a drain on resources.
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