Parental incarceration is an international issue, but this week, we focus on CIC’s home state. Mike is joined by Judge Mark Wernick, retired Hennepin County District Court judge and former member of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission to discuss raising family circumstances in Minnesota sentencing proceedings. Judge Wernick explains how Minnesota judges can consider the parent-child relationship at sentencing, highlighting relevant portions of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines and Minnesota case law. They also discuss the use of family impact statements to inform judges about family circumstances prior to sentencing hearings.
Attached, you can find Minnesota state sentencing materials.
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