By Mike Cook
Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy gives Prison Population Task Force members a presentation on the state’s prison population Sept. 25. Photo by Paul Battaglia
The state’s prison population currently exceeds facility capacity. That provided myriad ideas from legislators and others at the inaugural meeting of an informal working group.
No action was taken Friday by the Prison Population Task Force, which received an overview of the overcrowding and provided the more than 30 people gathered around the table — including about a dozen legislators — chances to express their thoughts.
“It’s a conversation that’s long overdue,” said Rep. Raymond Dehn (DFL-Mpls). “One size doesn’t fit all.”
Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park), who chairs the group with Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center), said the task force goal is to get in-depth information to help craft recommendations for the 2016 legislative session. He indicated a 10-week session that is scheduled to begin March 8 is not enough time to thoroughly vet the complexity of the issue.