One size does not fit all for individuals under the Department of Corrections' care. We need to change the way we think about corrections care.
To get the best correctional outcomes – safer prisons for individuals and staff, safer communities for Minnesota families, and successfully preparing people who are incarcerated to return to their community – we must tailor our approach to each individual's specific needs and risk.
The Minnesota Rehabilitation and Reinvestment Act (MRRA) would shift our focus from how much time people spend in prison, to how people spend their time. A person’s path to rejoining his or her community should begin on the day they start serving their sentence. The MRRA creates incentives for people in the custody of the Department of Corrections to participate in and make progress toward individualized goals they are deeply involved in setting when they start their time in prison.