Criminal Justice Reform

Police Accountability Measures Fail to Deliver Necessary Reform

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Senate passed five bills related to police accountability measures in response to the murder of George Floyd. Despite attempts by members of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus and other DFL members of the Senate to include additional community-led proposals, no additional legislation was considered.

Senate Republican Criminal Justice Reforms Fall Short

Late Tuesday evening, the Minnesota Senate passed five bills related to criminal justice and policing reform. The legislation, handpicked by Senate Republicans, did not include any meaningful proposals suggested by members of the legislature’s People of Color and Indigenous Caucus, nor did the bills receive an official committee hearing where amendments are normally made to improve and finalize support for bills.

Senator Jason Isaacson expresses disappointment in Senate Republican’s public safety package

Today, the Minnesota Senate voted on criminal justice reform legislation proposed by Senate Republicans. During the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy hearing early this morning, all five of the proposed Senate Republican bills were largely criticized for insufficiently addressing racial disparities in our criminal justice system. Senator Jason Isaacson released the following statement.