According to the Star Tribune, juveniles in Minnesota’s Twin Cities are committing “an increasing number of serious and brazen crimes.”
“We’re not talking about stealing candy bars from stores,” Hennepin County Sheriff Dawana Witt told the Star Tribune. article Published on Sunday. “These are signs that we are in trouble.”
The newspaper reported that the most common crimes committed by juveniles in Hennepin County, Minnesota, were “automobile theft, gun possession, assault, and robbery.”[j]Since 2021, the number of juveniles charged with murder has more than doubled compared to three years ago. ”
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Witt also emphasized the importance of facilities that focus on rehabilitating juveniles after a crime.
“How well are kids who are living in chaos, kids who are living in survival mode, going to be amenable to any kind of rehabilitation?” Witt said. “We need these facilities. Bring the resources there. It doesn’t have to be punitive.”
“Young people sometimes make poor decisions,” Sen. Bobby Joe Champion of Minnesota told the Star Tribune. “Setbacks can also be an opportunity to start again. How do we identify solutions that will get them back to law-abiding behavior?”
Champion did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
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When asked why law enforcement officials are “prosecuting fewer cases than before the pandemic,” Witt said the answer is unclear.
“You have to ask why,” Witt said. “Please talk to someone in law enforcement. We don’t see that trend.”
Other officials have also warned of an increase in crime in the state.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeffrey Lunde, who also chairs the Hennepin County Commission Law, Safety and Justice Committee, reportedly said, “We’re hearing this from all over the state. The needs are the same, but the scale is… That’s not true,” he said. “This is about continuity of care.”
Al Godfrey, Lunde’s co-chair of the Hennepin County Commission Law, Safety and Justice Committee, called for attention to the justice system.
“The correctional system was not designed to be a mental health facility for these kids, but that’s where they end up,” Godfrey said. “We don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that might not solve the needs of the kids in the system.”
Communications Hennepin County District 1 Jeff Lunde told FOX News Digital that mental health is a big part of the increase in juvenile crime.
“Young people are being held accountable for the crimes they commit, and we are trying to make sure that when accountability includes mental health treatment, it is indeed an effective method,” Lunde said. he said. “If we can treat mental health components effectively, we may be able to stop people from continuing down a criminal path later in life.”
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