Hennepin County

Prevention

Students and youth

Keeping young people safe

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Juvenile Diversion helps eligible young people who have been cited or arrested for an offense to avoid a charge and a juvenile court record.

Young people who have little or no juvenile history and are charged with a lower level offense are eligible. 

County Attorney staff facilitates anti-bullying, restorative justice and other intervention services.

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Crime prevention tips

Protect yourself and your property

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Vulnerable adults

Protecting vulnerable adults is a priority of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. Learn how the office advocates on behalf of vulnerable adults and educates the community about these issues.

The Adult Services Division uses protection plans to protect vulnerable adults and how prosecutors fight financial exploitation and elder abuse in criminal court. Learn more about protecting vulnerable adults.

Safety tips explain the warning signs of financial exploitation and elder abuse.

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Auto theft prevention

Preventative measures to help you avoid becoming a victim

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Auto theft

There has been an increase of motor vehicle related thefts. Our office has created a list of tips to help you avoid becoming a victim.



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Community engagement

Working with criminal justice partners and the people of Hennepin County, including communities of color and businesses

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National Night Out is an annual crime prevention event. Staff from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office visit community events and neighborhood block parties across the county to talk with residents about their concerns, answer questions about the justice system, and share crime prevention tips.

National Night Out is always the first Tuesday in August.


Call 911 if you witness a crime, any suspicious activity or need emergency medical or safety help.

Your call allows officers to respond to the problem and helps keep your community safe. It’s also the first step in the criminal justice process. The County Attorney’s Office cannot charge a crime unless it’s first reported to local law enforcement.

For issues that do not require an immediate response, call the non-emergency number of your local law enforcement agency. In Minneapolis, you can call 311 or submit an online police report regarding nuisance problems. You can also contact your Crime Prevention Specialist (CPS) for assistance with a problem property.

Find your local police contact.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions

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What are Brady obligations?

In Brady, the United States Supreme Court ruled that information in the possession of the state which exculpates an accused or mitigates guilt must be disclosed to the defense.

In Giglio, the United States Supreme Court ruled that information in the possession of the state which shows that a witness may be untruthful or biased must be disclosed to the defense.

This obligation to disclose extends only to the county attorney's office and law enforcement. Furthermore, the requirement to disclose this information extends only to information actually in the possession of the county attorney's office or law enforcement. In other words, there is no legal obligation for county attorney offices to proactively search for this information.

How does the Hennepin County Attorney's Office view its Brady and Giglio obligations?

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office (HCAO) is committed to just, fair, and equitable prosecution and has been a leader in developing processes to comply with all ethical obligations, including Brady/Giglio.  

Training and Education

All new lawyers in the HCAO receive specific training in their ethical obligations, including the disclosure of Brady/Giglio information. Continued training on ethical issues is conducted for all attorneys at least annually.

Resources

The HCAO maintains a team of attorneys who review cases, consult with trial lawyers and train on ethical prosecution standards, including Brady/Giglio issues. In addition to in-house training, the HCAO pays for additional training through the Minnesota County Attorneys Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, and the National District Attorneys Association. 

Brady/Giglio Process

Police departments in Hennepin County are required to notify the HCAO when they have an officer with a possible Brady/Giglio issue. If that officer is subpoenaed for a trial, that information from the department is then reviewed. If the information is even potentially exculpatory, mitigating, or relevant to the witness’s credibility, the information is disclosed to the defense. Because ethical requirements and HCAO policy favors broad disclosure of information, not all disclosed information will be relevant at trial. HCAO lawyers routinely litigate the admissibility of disclosed Brady/Giglio information consistent with the Rules of Evidence and Minnesota law. 

Because the HCAO conducts its Brady/Giglio review on a case-by-case basis, the HCAO does not maintain a “Brady List” which automatically excludes any specific officer. Each case is reviewed individually to ensure compliance with Brady/Giglio obligations.

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Gun violence prevention

Innovative approaches to stopping gun crimes

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Gun violence prevention

Guns cause more deaths than any other weapon used in violent crimes. Cracking down on the illegal use and possession of guns has to be one of the reasons the county’s murder rate has been declining. However, there are still too many shots fired on the streets of Hennepin County.

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