PRESS RELEASE / INVITATION
DULUTH & NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA
SUBJECT: MINNESOTA CORRECTIONS ASSOCIATION EVENT
IN DULUTH MINNESOTA
CONTACT: TOM ROY, PRESIDENT OF M.C.A. &
DIRECTOR OF ARROWHEAD REGIONAL CORRECTIONS
The Minnesota Corrections Association, the largest corrections professional organization in Minnesota, will be holding its annual conference at the DECC starting on Wednesday, Oct. 25th thru Friday, Oct. 27th. This annual event attracts about 1,000 corrections professionals from throughout the state. More than twenty workshops on numerous topics are being presented during this three day event.
A highlight of this year's conference will be a Political Forum scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 25th at 1:00 PM in the DECC auditorium. All major party candidates for the Minnesota Governor and Attorney General positions have been invited to participate, and appearances are expected by DFL'er Mike Hatch and IP endorsed candidate Peter Hutchinson. (Officially, the latest word we have been given is that the Governor has scheduling conflicts, but we do know that several key members of his re-election committee are still working to have some type of representation present.) All three Attorney General candidates have agreed to appear - DFL endorsee Lori Swanson, GOP endorsee Jeff Johnson and IP candidate John James. The candidates are expected to address correctional issues that have been formulated by several organizations presenting the field of Corrections in the state. The Minnesota Corrections Association is the official host for this event, but has been joined by several other associations in preparing for this major event. Those associations include the Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers, and the Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties.
Issues expected to be discussed include:
· Transition problems faced by prison and jail inmates upon release back into the community;
· a broad area of concern regarding the supervision of sex offenders;
· the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines;
· discussion of several alternatives to long periods of incarceration now being considered such as the expanded use of drug courts and specialized programs focused on reducing recidivism; and
· Discussion on the funding concerns with the drastic growth of the corrections system with anticipated prison expansions and the need for greater community resources.
The general public and media are invited to attend this session on Wednesday, Oct. 25th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the DECC Auditorium.
The candidates will be available for media comment on correctional issues.