Mayor Hodges, Chief Harteau Put National Spotlight on City’s Work on Juvenile Justice Reform
 
March 11, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Mayor Betsy Hodges and Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau put a national spotlight on the city’s Juvenile Justice Reform efforts at events in Washington, D.C. this week, hosted by the National League of Cities (NLC).In December 2014, NLC selected Minneapolis and five other cities from a competitive pool of applicants to join the Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Technical Assistance Initiative; the selection means Minneapolis is receiving technical assistance to increase public safety and improve outcomes for youth through 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.
 
The juvenile justice reform events coincided with the NLC’s Congressional City Conference, a gathering of over 2,000 elected and appointed city leaders in the nation’s capital. This year represents a high point for the annual event, with President Obama giving the keynote address. In that speech, he announced the TechHire initiative; Minneapolis is among the first 20 regions to participate in the effort meant to prepare workers for a growing number of technology jobs. President Obama’s remarks also emphasized the critical role of local government in building equity, and highlighted the participation of over 200 cities, including Minneapolis, in the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge.
 
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Published Mar 11, 2015

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