End indefinite detention in MN
Right now, Minnesota is locking up 744 people indefinitely in shadow prisons after having serving their prison time, or even without being convicted of a crime. Thirty states have no shadow prisons and are no less safe. We believe MN should join them.
Since 1994 when this so-called "program" began, 88 detainees have died and 14 have been fully released, while the number of detainees continues to grow out of control. MN's shadow prison is by far the worst in the country, and there is no legitimate public safety reason for maintaining this unconstitutional way of detaining people forever outside the criminal justice system.
This scandal of a program costs taxpayers $393/per person, per day, or $96 million a year -- over 1.6 billion since the program began. It is an ongoing liability with hundreds of outstanding lawsuits, while Black, Native, and LGBTQ people are heavily over-represented among detainees.
This is something we can no longer accept. Led by Overcoming Corruption Encouraging All Nations (OCEAN), a detainee group inside the shadow prisons, loved ones are coming together across the state for
1. An end to these unconstitutional shadow prisons, including a “clear path home” for everyone in the 'program'
2. A reallocation of resources to effectively prevent and humanely respond to sexual violence
We have safer, more affordable, and more impactful options on hand. By changing our safety strategy we can go from the worst in the country to the best one for survivors, communities, and future generations.
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