Chad Faust


UMN research team aids in study of inequities in criminal justice system

Penalties for low-level criminals have put people in cycles of debt in Minnesota and eight other states, according to an ongoing national research project. The University of Minnesota is one of eight schools participating in the planned five-year study, which aims to show how monetary sanctions and fees for crimes unequally affect people in the U.S. University of Washington sociology professor Alexes Harris started the project while it was funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation — an organization that donates to education and criminal justice reform causes. “Our project is designed to see how Minnesota compares with Georgia, Texas, California and other states to see how they and their municipalities address certain issues,” said University professor of sociology and law Christopher Uggen. There is a wide county-to-county disparity in the way criminals are financially handicapped across Minnesota, according to Uggen. “In the last 10 years, we’ve really discovered in criminology that there’s been a real growth on monetary sanctions, particularly charging people in the criminal justice system fines and fees to fund the system, and the costs have risen in recent years,” Uggen said. People have difficulty paying the sanctions in Minnesota, but the number of cases is low compared to other states around the country. Uggen pointed to Philando Castile, who claimed he was trapped in a vicious cycle of low-level traffic violations he couldn’t pay before St.

40-story condo delayed by East Bank neighborhood lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a Marcy-Holmes neighborhood committee has delayed the construction of a new condominium complex. The group, Neighbors for East Bank Livability, alleges the building will damage the historical value of the neighborhood, which is one of the oldest in Minneapolis.