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Keeping track of juvenile offenders

Published (6/1/2010)
By Mike Cook
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Minnesota is becoming part of an interstate operation for transferring youth who are part of the corrections system.

A new law, effective Aug. 1, 2010, adopts the revised Interstate Compact for Juveniles. As of April 2010, Minnesota was one of eight states yet to enact the compact.

According to Donna Bonner, chair of the Interstate Commission for Juveniles, “This important interstate agreement is the only legally authorized method available to the state to transfer juvenile delinquents and return of runaways across state lines so that they are properly placed into custody or care in the appropriate jurisdiction.” It is designed to help ensure the safety of the public and the juvenile.

Rep. Joe Mullery (DFL-Mpls), who sponsors the law with Sen. Mee Moua (DFL-St. Paul), said by not being part of the compact, at-risk juveniles could enter Minnesota without the knowledge of public safety officials.

The Department of Corrections will absorb compact costs within its existing budget.

Minnesota is already part of a similar compact for adults.

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