Mayor Hodges, Chief Harteau Put National Spotlight on City’s Work on Juvenile Justice Reform
NLC hosted the Mayors’ Institute on Juvenile Justice Reform, providing an opportunity for mayors and national experts to come together and develop ideas and strategies around juvenile justice reform. The Mayors’ Institute is a key component of the NLC technical assistance initiative. Mayor Hodges and each of the other cities selected for the technical assistance delivered a presentation on the city’s work.
“The Mayors’ Institute on Juvenile Justice Reform provided us the opportunity to learn more about and incorporate evidence-based principles into our juvenile justice programs,” said Mayor Hodges. “As a result, Minneapolis will increase public safety and improve equity. I’m proud we are serving as a local leader on juvenile justice reform, as I believe it’s a key place our city can be working to reduce disparities.”
Chief Harteau participated in the discussions, along with Deputy Chief Kris Arneson and Commander Bruce Folkens. Chief Harteau shared a number of successful police programs and strategies with others on how to decrease juvenile arrests and juvenile crime.
“The timing of this institute couldn’t be better as we move forward with great momentum on juvenile outreach and diversion,” said Chief Harteau. “We are looking for more buy-in from our youth and one of our main objectives this summer is to engage more youth; bring them to the table to be part of the public safety conversation. We have a number of new and exciting initiatives to announce in the coming weeks.”
NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families will also support Minneapolis in implementing an action plan through site visits and regular cross-city opportunities for learning and collaboration.
Published Mar 11, 2015