“What we are understanding is the more we look at people as one whole person, we kind of see the impact that flagging someone for the rest of their life could have, especially on their family members and how they are able to contribute to society,” Rimestad said.

The new working group must reflect diverse and marginalized voices, including the perspectives of victims and survivors, according to the language in the budget.

Members of the group will include:

  • Experts on juvenile justice,
  • Representatives from city and county prosecuting agencies,
  • Members of statewide crime victim coalitions,
  • Representatives from the state judicial branch,
  • Representatives from the Minnesota Board of Public Defense,
  • Private criminal defense attorneys,
  • Staff from the Departments of Public Safety and Human Services and the Sentencing Guidelines Commission along with
  • Representatives from state and local law enforcement agencies


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