Judiciary

Automated License Plate Reader Legislation

The Senate Judiciary and Transportation committees heard legislation that would lay out guidelines for the retention of data gathered by law enforcement agencies through automated license plate readers. This has ...
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Juvenile Justice Act

In recent years, studies have shown so-called “tough on crime” policies aren’t actually working, and in some cases have shown to actually be counterproductive, especially in regards to juvenile delinquency ...
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Police Body Camera Data Provisions

More police departments are utilizing body cameras for their officers to ensure adherence to proper policy and procedures, to provide accountability in the case of police misconduct, and to defend ...
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DWI Provision Changes

In Minnesota, punishments related to Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) convictions are separated into two distinct realms. The first encompassing criminal punishments (i.e. jail time, fines), and the second made up ...
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DWI Omnibus Bill

This year’s omnibus bill contains several fixes, as well as several policy changes. One of the major policy changes is the ability of defendants to use the affirmative defense. This ...
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Peace Officer-Caused Death Investigations

Due to recent events, police across the country are under immense scrutiny when they make the decision to use deadly force. The use of deadly force is one of the ...
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Drone Use by Law Enforcement

During this legislative session, as well as the past biennium, the Senate Judiciary Committee has heard testimony regarding the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, by ...
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Blue Alert

With the massive success of the Amber Alert program, legislation making its way through the Capitol would expand the program to police emergencies. The so-called Blue Alert would be triggered ...
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Mental Health Diversion Program

Due to inadequate space at mental health facilities across the state, those with severe mental illnesses are often arrested and jailed instead of being admitted to a mental health facility ...
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