Over the weekend, state legislators met to negotiate a final agreement on a supplemental budget bill for the 2016 session. That agreement was passed by the House and Senate late last night, and unfortunately it does not include our proposal for the State of Minnesota to move forward with a purchase of the Prairie Correctional Facility.
While some drug sentencing reform was passed into law this session, it will not be enough to alleviate our state’s persistent prison overcrowding problem. Minnesota’s prison population will likely continue to grow. We are grateful to Representative Tim Miller and Senator Lyle Koenen for being the chief authors and tireless advocates of the Appleton Option, and for helping to give our community a voice in this critical discussion. We made great progress this legislative session and we will continue to urge lawmakers to address this problem head-on, invest in our community, and move forward with a lease or purchase of the Prairie Correctional Facility.
Our work is not over. Please continue to stay involved and stay tuned for more updates.
With less than a week to go until the 2016 legislative session adjourns, a proposal for the state to purchase the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton remains alive.
This is a crucial moment: As a supporter of the Appleton Option, we need your help!
Minnesota’s prison overcrowding crisis won’t be solved on its own. Even with well-intentioned efforts to address overcrowding with drug sentencing reforms, the Department of Corrections still needs more beds to provide adequate inmate rehabilitation. The proposed sentencing reforms will not result in sizable prison bed savings until 2028 – and meanwhile, our state’s prison population will continue to grow and the overcrowding will only get worse.
The legislators listed below are members of a conference committee that will decide whether or not the Appleton prison – and hundreds of good union jobs for families in our communities – will move forward this year.
Please email or call these legislators today! Be sure to remind them that the numbers don’t add up, and Minnesota needs more prison beds to alleviate overcrowding and safely house and rehabilitate inmates.