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craig furguson

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
3 years 51 weeks

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Has a pretty level head on his shoulders and this worked out to be about the best compromise one could expect from an issue that was not predicted to gain traction this year.

Posted on 04/30/14 at 10:07 am in response to Untangling the relationship (if any) between mental illness and crime

The LSCMI, does not even list Mental Health as a criminogenic risk factor. Yet 25% of many jail populations screen positive for mental health issues (the two questions often screen people in to medical for continued services are "are you currently taking medication" or "have you ever been hospitalized"). I think that in many ways that we are using jails and prisons as proxy mental health institutions, because they are cheap and available if someone has a crime they can be sentenced on ($...

Posted on 04/29/14 at 11:13 am in response to Minnesota legislators organize volunteer stint at homeless shelter

Geographic restrictions, that's another winning Minneapolis strategy.

Posted on 04/28/14 at 09:27 am in response to Phone home: For Minnesota prisoners, it's not always affordable

because it discourages family/marital contact, which is one of the big four criminogenic risk factors. It really does not make sense to discourage contact.

Posted on 04/24/14 at 06:35 am in response to Cash, not credit: DFLers consider end run around GOP

is pretty old-school. It wasn't that many years ago we paid as we went for road constructions.

If there was a high wind, it might tip over (and I'm a supporter).

Posted on 03/11/14 at 01:04 pm in response to City cycling: Healthful or hazardous to health?

This is an interesting concept that I have never heard of. I've been a fair-weather commuter from the suburbs to downtown Minneapolis for many years and I've always adhered to "defend your lane" If you ride on the shoulder, the cars drive you off the road vs if you ride as a vehicle would travel, abet on the side of the road. I do the same on my motorcycle, only riding nearer the center line. Otherwise cars try to share a lane. I have more issues on my bike in the suburbs than in Minneapolis...

Posted on 02/24/14 at 02:35 pm in response to Minnesota House to look into Target's data-breach problem

In Hennepin all you would need to do is to get a copy of the grid that the hearing officers use. Different deals for different cities, our justice system at it's finest.

Posted on 02/20/14 at 05:55 am in response to Rep. Phyllis Kahn faces critical test at reconvened caucus

OK, excuse the Star Trek reference.

42 years is enough for her turn at the chair, that is longer than most careers. Thank her service and it's time for some new ideas and new blood reflective of the community.

I understand the business argument that raising wages increases costs. But they are ignoring the fact that we all are subsidzing the poor and near poor in many ways, including health care, child care, school lunches, SNAP, tax credits. The list goes on. I'd rather have the bottom wage be high enough, have people working and pay through the cost of the things that I buy instead of making welfare payments. It's more respectable all around than this race to the bottom.