Report: Surge in serious crimes by young juveniles in Minnesota

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Juveniles in Minnesota’s Twin Cities are committing more severe and brazen crimes, according to the Star Tribune. The most common crimes committed by juveniles in Hennepin County, Minnesota, were auto thefts, gun possession, assault, and robbery. Juveniles charged with homicide have more than doubled since 2021 compared with the three years prior.

Hennepin County Sheriff Dawanna Witt emphasized the importance of facilities focused on rehabilitating juveniles after crimes. She said that kids living in chaos and survival mode may not be receptive to rehabilitation and that resources should be brought to them without being punitive.

Minn. State Sen. Bobby Joe Champion said that sometimes young people make boneheaded decisions and that a setback can also be an opportunity for a comeback. Witt said that law enforcement officers are presenting fewer cases for prosecution than before the pandemic, and the reason for this is unclear.

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeffrey Lunde and Al Godfrey, who heads the Hennepin County Board Law, Safety and Justice Committee, are raising warnings about the rise in crime in the state. Lunde said that the corrections system was never designed to be a mental health care facility for kids, but they are ending up there. He also said that mental health is an important part of the rise in juvenile crime.

Godfrey called attention to the justice system and said that they don’t want to throw a lot of dollars at something that may not solve the needs of the kids in the system. Comm. Jeff Lunde of Hennepin County District 1 told Fox News Digital that youth are being held accountable for the crime they caused, and they are trying to make sure that accountability includes mental health treatment in an effective manner. He said that treating the mental health component effectively may stop a person from continuing down the path of crime later in their life.

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