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Community Safety and Criminal Justice

Our community safety and criminal justice work focuses on programs, policies, and systems that address:

  • Community safety, violence prevention and early intervention
  • Criminal behavior intervention and diversion
  • Support for victims of crime

This work is necessarily rooted in addressing the systems and root causes that affect community safety, with particular attention on populations that are underserved, unserved or harmed by existing systems. Central to this is an understanding that everybody impacted by criminal behavior deserves to be treated with dignity and to receive the supports necessary to repair the harm caused, heal and move on with their life.

We recognize that being involved in the criminal justice system has lasting impacts on many people, directly and indirectly.

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Addressing the strengths & needs of families affected by incarceration

Minnesota Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration Collaborative

Wilder Research is part of this collaborative addressing the strengths and needs of families affected by incarceration in Minnesota. Find out about the academic, chemical health, and mental health outcomes of youth who are affected, and what the collaborative is doing to support families.

Recent reports

Wilder Research worked with ISD287 to launch an evaluation of their move from police officers to district employees titled Student Safety Coaches. The report includes a literature review on promising practices for school-based behavior interventionists and results of a staff survey on perceptions of the program.
Summary of the system-level factors that research shows contribute to crime prevention and safety, as well as those that increase the risk of crime or violence.
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