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Questions for Commissioner of Department Of Corrections Tom Roy

By Lovell Oates

Contributing Writer


1. With over 600 people in the County jails, why haven’t you re-activated Department of Corrections (DOC) policy 106.202 (Good Time) and make it retro-active for everyone that has completed all their mandates and directives? 2. Why not let inmates who have been incarcerated 10 years on their sentence with no more than seven years until their scheduled release date (SRD), and that are able to have proof of a job and a stable residence, completed all directives and mandates, completed at least two DOC programs or educational programs such as completing a GED, A.A., A.A.S., or technical certificates, be released on home monitoring under DOC policy, which doesn’t stipulate an amount of time? Also, the inmate would be able to pay for the monitoring (DOC policy 206.101). Continue Reading →

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Poverty and the criminal justice system are intimately related

One of the most critical, yet often overlooked aspects of poverty in this nation is the escalating incarceration rate of American citizens. The Justice Policy Institute notes that since 1970, the number of incarcerated Americans has grown nearly eight-fold to a total of more than 2.2 million people today. In addition, nearly five million more American adults are currently caught up in the criminal justice system through probation or parole. This precipitous spike in the U.S. prison population coincides with this country’s war on drugs and is representative of a proliferation in America’s poor, which now counts more than 46 million people among its ranks.  

The link between poverty and contact with the criminal justice system is well established. Continue Reading →

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A community meeting with the MN Department of Corrections Commissioner




New Salem Missionary Baptist Church and Peace of Hope welcome the entire community and the Department of Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy to a community meeting on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 6 – 8 pm.  This historical event will be held at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 2507 Bryant Avenue North, Minneapolis. For more information, contact Peace of Hope at 612-220-4678. Continue Reading →

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