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.
2020 Legislative Priorities and Agenda: Forthcoming
After 40 years, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women changed our name to Violence Free Minnesota, a name that reflects the future we work towards every day. Violence Free Minnesota strives to end relationship abuse by taking strategic action in partnership with the power of 90 member programs across the state.