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Karin Housley on Crime

 

 


Rehabilitative programs in prisons cut down on recidivism

Currently, the U.S. prison system incarcerates 2.2 million people, the largest prison population in the world and one populated by mostly nonviolent offenders, according to reports by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Citing her experience as a state legislator with a high concentration of prisons in her district, Housley said much of the issue of incarceration comes down to broken individuals--people who come from dysfunctional backgrounds and lack the education to make positive changes in their own lives.

By incorporating rehabilitative programs in these prisons, Housley said, more incarcerated individuals can return to being productive members of society, which in turn cuts down on recidivism.

"I really am in support of those programs. I know a lot of people aren't, but I am because if they're remorseful and they want to lead a productive life--besides, our workforce needs them," Housley said. "That's where we should focus our resources."

Source: Brainerd Dispatch: 2017-8 Minnesota Special Senate Election , Jul 31, 2018

Fight to end criminal elderly abuse in senior care homes

Sen. Karin Housley, chairwoman of the Senate Aging and Long-Term Care Policy committee, said the state must act swiftly to address what she termed "an emergency situation" involving criminal abuse in senior care homes that goes uninvestigated and unpunished. "This must stop," Housley said in an interview. "When you hear these horrific stories of abuse, and hear reports of families waiting years for some resolution to an investigation, you realize that we need more resources in this area."
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune: 2017-8 Minnesota special election , Nov 16, 2017

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