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Cold Cases Featured

The Minnesota Department of Corrections and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety have teamed with local law enforcement agencies to create a deck of cold case playing cards. Each week, FOX 9 News at five o'clock and MyFOX9.com will feature one cold case from the cold case playing cards deck. The cards highlight 52 unsolved homicide, missing person, and unidentified remains cases. To see this week's case, click here. To see all of the cases, click here.

Dan Kempf, Joe Arvidson, Joyce Knowlton, family of Jim and Roxanne Trombley, Brenda Chandler, Connie Roehrich

2008 MCA Awards Announced

The Minnesota Corrections Association (MCA) Fall Institute was held in Duluth October 29-31. This year, MCA celebrated its 75-year anniversary. The three-day training event also recognized individuals and programs for their contributions to Minnesota corrections. Several Department of Corrections' staff won awards: Faribault Warden Connie Roehrich Corrections Person of the Year; Special Investigator Joyce Knowlton Professional Achievement Award; and MINNCOR Industries EMPLOY Program President's Award. For a full list of award recipients, click here.

     The Association has also published a timeline of crime, corrections, and MCA, which is available on MCA's website.

Commissioner Joan Fabian with Warden Connie Roehrich

MINNCOR Industries EMPLOY Program

Cold Case Card

 

Cold Case Playing Cards Bring Hope to Families

The Minnesota Department of Corrections and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety have teamed with local law enforcement agencies to create a deck of cold case playing cards. These cards highlight 52 unsolved homicide, missing person and unidentified remains cases. Each card features a photograph of the victim, details about the case and information about submitting tips. The decks were distributed to approximately 9,400 offenders in Minnesota state prisons as well as county correctional facilities and jails. See the cold case cards here.

ICWC Offenders Build Playground ICWC universal playground

In October, the Institution/Community Work Crew (ICWC) from the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing completed work on a universal playground in Red Wing. Universal playgrounds are designed to be accessible to all children, including those with disabilities. The project was a community effort with donated materials and labor from the city and residents. It is now the state’s largest outdoor playground.

     ICWC puts carefully selected, minimum-security inmates to work in the community under supervision. To learn more about the program, click here.

Training in Anoka

 

Hostage Training Readies Staff

In September, a mock-hostage training was held at the Anoka Regional Treatment Center for Department of Corrections’ staff. Participants included the department’s Special Operations Response Teams, Special Operations Groups, Marksmen/Observers Teams, Crisis Negotiator Teams, associate wardens and others. Approximately 140 staff participated in the day-long scenario.

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Faribault Demolishes Old Building

The Minnesota Correctional Facility-Faribault has begun destruction of Redwood building. The demolition is part of a three-phase expansion/renovation plan designed to increase staff safety and address the expanding prison population.

Tracy Beltz, new Shakopee warden

 

Beltz Named Shakopee Warden

Commissioner Joan Fabian has appointed Tracy Beltz to serve as warden of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee, effective October 1, 2008. She succeeds Warden Rick Hillengass, who is retiring. For details, click here.

 

 

 

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Warden Adair Recognized for Excellence, Leadership

Warden Patt Adair of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud has received the 2008 Athena Award from the Women's Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. The award recognizes local women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, and who inspire others to achieve excellence in their personal and professional lives. Adair began her corrections career in 1977 at the women’s prison in Shakopee. She has served as warden at Willow River/Moose Lake and was appointed warden at St. Cloud in 1995.

 

Delivery Systems Report

 

Delivery Systems Handbook Available

A handbook is now available to help counties, courts and correctional/criminal justice agencies evaluate which of the three different community supervision delivery systems may work best for them and how best to implement a change in their system, if they should choose. This comprehensive guide, The Delivery Systems Change Process, originated through a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Corrections and Scott County with participation from Minnesota’s three correctional delivery systems.

 

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DOC Assists 2008 Republican National Convention

Minnesota Department of Corrections' officers and law enforcement from across the nation provided assistance at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Nearly 50,000 people visited the Twin Cities for the event. DOC staff worked with traffic/crowd control and served as delivery escorts before and during the convention.

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Initiative Report

 

Report Looks at Juvenile Issues

The Minnesota Department of Corrections has released the Minnesota Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Initiative Final Report.  A 44-member interagency advisory task force, formed as part of the initiative, studied issues impacting justice-involved youth with mental health or co-occurring disorders.  Its findings and recommendations are found in this report.

 

 

Warden John King

New Segregation Unit Opens at Stillwater

Warden John King of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater talks with a member of the media about the July 16, 2008, opening of a new segregation unit at the facility.The unit was designed to enhance security and safety features. Funding was appropriated by the 2006 legislature. For more information about the new New segregation unit at Stillwaterunit, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roman George

 

George Selected as DOC 2008 Agent of the Year

The Minnesota Department of Corrections has named Roman George as 2008 Agent of the Year. George supervises offenders in Phase II of the department's Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP).  For more information about George's selection, click here.

For more information about CIP, click here.

 

Annual Probation Survey Released

The 2007 Probation Survey is now available.  This document, completed annually by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, is a compilation of probation data from all Minnesota counties.

 

Sentencing to Service Crews Sandbag During Floods

During the early morning hours of June 12, heavy rains flooded the southeastern community of Austin, Minnesota. With water rising throughout the day, finding help was cSTS workers sandbag in Austinritical.  

     Seven Sentencing to Service (STS) crews were summoned to assist with sandbagging work. Crews responded from the counties of Mower, Olmsted, Fillmore, Freeborn, Rice, Faribault and Martin.

     The STS crews worked at various sites around the city to protect the downtown area and residential properties. The sandbagging efforts were successful in preventing damage to vital areas of the city.

 

 

An offender receives employment information from an EMERGE representative

Transitions Fair Held at Lino Lakes

The Minnesota Correctional Facility-Lino Lakes held its offender Transitions Fair on June 17, 2008.

     The annual fair provides offenders, nearing their release from prison, with connections and support in the community. Thirty-two agencies set up booths and distributed information about employment, education, counseling, and more. These connections can greatly improve an offender’s chance of successfully reentering society and remaining crime-free.

     Employers and volunteers were on hand to answer questions and provide guidance to the approximately 330 offenders who attended the Transitions Fair.

 

Volunteer Choir Director Honored

In May, a copy of Bea Hasselmann receiving Senate Resolution from Barbara Cox.Senate Resolution 0158 honoring volunteer Bea Hasselmann was presented to her at the Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF)-Red Wing during the education unit's Celebration of Excellence. Mrs. Hasselmann has been a volunteer director of the MCF-RW boys’ choir for the past seven years. She has volunteered over 1,500 hours to the choir, traveling weekly to the facility from Minneapolis and sharing her love of music with residents.

     In addition, one of the residents of the facility read a poem he wrote about "Mrs. H" and she was presented with flowers from the choir members.

     The Celebration of Excellence is held five times a year to recognize juvenile residents who have attained the honor roll or are receiving their high school diploma or GED. Mrs. Hasselman and the boys’ choir perform at each of these events, as well as numerous other programs at the facility and in the Red Wing community.

 

ICWC clean up

Storm Clean-Up Underway

Three Institution/Community Work Crews (ICWC) are helping with storm clean-up in Coon Rapids after an EF 1 tornado hit the suburb Sunday, May 25, 2008. Crews from the Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF)-Lino Lakes and the MCF-Stillwater are removing fallen trees from parks and residential areas. ICWC crews are made up of carefully selected, non-dangerous, minimum-security inmates under the supervision of a DOC crew leader.

 

Impact of Community Notification Report

Megan's Law in Minnesota: The Impact of Community Notification on Sex Offender Recidivism, a research report of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, examines the state's three-tiered notification system that has been law since 1997.

 

Crime Victims' Rights Week Activities

The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) recognized National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) April 13-19, 2008.  Each DOC facility and the central office hosted speakers, events and programs to raise awareness of crime victims' rights among staff and offenders.

Speaker Jackie Millar at the MCF-Moose Lake

    A display at the Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF)-Lino Lakes, for example, featured a silhouette and pair of shoes representing each woman and child killed in Minnesota in 2007 as a result of domestic violence. At the MCF-Willow River/Moose Lake, nearly 100 offenders heard Jackie Millar speak about being shot in the head by two juveniles in 1995 and her rehabilitation from the resulting trauma. She also touched on choices and forgiveness. Millar is an advocate of restorative justice.

     "This week provides us an opportunity to renew our commitment to address the needs of victims and their families, and to increase awareness of crime victims' rights," said Corrections Commissioner Joan Fabian.

     To learn more about NCVRW, click here.

 

Community Forum on Sexual Predators Officer Gwen

In mid-April, the City of Cottage Grove hosted the forum, Sexual Predators Among Us: Who Are They?  The event examined the characteristics of sexual predators as well as how to recognize the signs of sexual abuse. This community dialogue featured panelists from the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC), the Cottage Grove Police Department, the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, and Human Services, Inc. “We are pleased to have these opportunities to share accurate information with people so they can use it to increase safety for themselves, their families and communities,” said DOC Risk Assessment/Community Notification Director, Bill Donnay, who participated in the forum.

 

Operation Clean-Up Underway for 2008

Spring cleaning of Minnesota roadways is underway with the help of offender work crews and Adopt-a-Highway volunteers. Governor Tim Pawlenty announced the fourth annual Operation Clean-Up to pick up litter along the state’s higTrash pickuphways through September.

     Since 2005, the Minnesota Departments of Corrections (DOC) and Transportation (MnDOT) have worked together on Operation Clean-Up.  The DOC provides both state work crews and coordination of county Sentencing to Service (STS) crews, who are utilized along the state’s most highly-traveled highways. More than 95,000 offender hours have been dedicated to cleaning roadways across the state since Operation Clean-Up began. This year, offenders will work an estimated 35,000 hours. Minimum-security prison inmates on Institution/Community Work Crews (ICWC) are also assisting with the clean-up effort.

     STS and ICWC offenders work on a variety of community improvement projects including litter pick-up, river clean-up, trail development, and graffiti removal.  Crews also prepare for and clean up after floods and severe storms. 

 

Oak Park Heights Chapel Dedicated

The Frank W. Wood Religious Resource Center at the Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF)-Oak Park Heights was dedicated on April 18, 2008. The event celebrated Wood's 37-year correctional Woodcareer. Wood started as a corrections officer in 1959 and worked his way up through the ranks. In 1980, Stillwater Warden Frank Wood was named the first warden for the MCF-Oak Park Heights, which was under construction at the time. Wood was instrumental in staffing and planning for the facility's opening in 1982. In 1992, Wood was named deputy commissioner of institution services; he was appointed commissioner of corrections by Governor Arne Carlson in 1993 and reappointed in 1995. Wood retired from state service in 1996.

 

2008 Day of Peace at Red Wing Facility

On April 12, 2008, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu addressed residents of the Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF)-Red Wing as paTuturt of a Day of Peace. The annual event is a collaborative effort of the MCF-Red Wing and the non-profit organization “youthrive,” an affiliate of the International Peace Jam Foundation.  Additional support was provided by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. 

     The MCF-Red Wing has had the privilege of having a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate speak at the facility annually for the past seven years. The purpose of the Day of Peace is to give residents the opportunity to learn from individuals who use non-violent means to make positive changes in their communities. 

     The 3 Nations drum group, made up of 10 American Indian residents of the facility, performed an honor song for the Archbishop.  Facility residents also made a $312 donation to the Desmond Tutu Foundation.

 

Thumbnail of color 2008 NCVRW theme poster (22x28).

Victim Rights Week Recognized

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is April 13-19, 2008.  A resource guide is available online to help communities and organizations provide awareness of crime victim issues. The online guide includes posters, press releases, public service announcements and crime victimization statistics. To download the resource guide or learn more about NCVRW, click here.

     During NCVRW, Department of Corrections' facilities will hold programs and events to recognize and raise awareness of crime victims’ rights.

 

 

Faribault Job Fair

The MCF-Faribault will host a job fair for the general public on March 13, 2008. The event will take place in the Sierra training building, 1101 Linden Lane, Faribault, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Faribault is expanding and will recruit to hire approximately 200 positions, with the majority of positions in health services (LPN/RN), education, treatment (CPT/psychologist) and security (correction officers). Candidates will have the opportunity to take a video tour, talk with job experts, receive benefit information, learn about the corrections officer video exam, and apply for open positions. For directions to the facility, click here.

 

Employees Recognized David Schiebel receiving award

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) has recognized two DOC Office of Special Investigations staff for their outstanding work.

     David Schiebel, fugitive investigator, was awarded a Medal of Commendation for his efforts that resulted in the arrest of a robbery suspect in October 2007.

     Erin Spruance, investigator-corrections intelligence, was nominated for the MPD Investigator of the Year award. Spruance has been involved in a two-year federal investigation of a violent street gang in South Minneapolis. She dedicated thousands of hours to the investigation, which resulted in 18 federal convictions, 9 murder convictions, 63 guns recovered and more than 5 kilograms of crack recovered.

 

 
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