MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO), 8/10/21 – Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday held a ceremonial bill signing for the Veterans Restorative Justice Act, a bipartisan bill which aims to provide veterans caught in the criminal justice system with social services and probation rather than jail time.
The bill provides veterans who have committed a less severe offense – level 7 or lower – with an alternative to jail, allowing courts to consider service-related issues like chemical exposure, physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and military sexual trauma.
DA Larry Krasner aims to keep teen offenders out of criminal justice system with new restorative program
Calling it one of his “proudest achievements,” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced a new program Monday to divert youth offenders from the criminal justice system, require them to meet with their victims, and give them an opportunity to choose a better path forward.
The program, called Healing Futures, mirrors similar restorative justice efforts underway in roughly 15 other U.S. cities and counties, as progressive prosecutors and others rethink the impact of the system.