Public Policy Priorities
Criminal justice reform has been - and will be - a major focus area at the state legislature. Goals of criminal justice reform include: decreasing the prison population; racial and financial disparities; the length of probation sentences; and increasing successful reentry. Violence Free Minnesota supports these goals and this general approach.
There are some concerns, including safety assessments; informed victim notification; and the urgent need for appropriate, well-resourced local programming and alternatives to incarceration.
Violence Free Minnesota’s membership shapes our legislative agenda. We work with our members and allies every year to develop an informed legislative agenda. This process incorporates the knowledge, experience, and analysis of advocates and victim/survivors across the state.
VAWA/VOCA: Federal Funding in Jeopardy
An Advocate's Guide to Taking Action
With the anticipation that that VOCA funds could be reduced by 30%-50% within the next 2 years, this guide shows advocates how to take action, and what to say when contacting their federal legislators.