Minnesota Drug Sentencing Reform

At a Glance:

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date: 2016

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Lifelong Learning, Meaningful Work and Wealth

Determinants of Health: healthcare access, substance use, neighborhood safety, education, employment, belonging and civic muscle, justice system, Incarceration

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, Justice Involved Populations

Research Methods: Literature review, Primary research, Focus Groups, Qualitative research, Quantitative research

Community Types: urban, suburban, rural

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The Council on Crime and Justice conducted an HIA to inform the Minnesota State Legislature’s decision to reform state drug sentencing laws by providing evidence-based information about the potential health impacts on individuals, families, and communities. The findings and recommendations show that particular changes in the proposed legislation could yield positive (or negative) health outcomes related to addiction, mental health, drug treatment, and family and community well-being.

This project is supported by funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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