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September 24, 2020
St. Louis County Partners with Non-Profit to Deconstruct Houses

Work to de-construct the first of three tax forfeited buildings in St. Louis County began Wednesday in partnership with a non-profit organization called Better Futures Minnesota. Through Better Futures Minnesota, materials from forfeited buildings that would otherwise go to waste are salvaged and men who want to construct better lives for themselves can through the de-construction of […]

September 24, 2020
Duluth Homes Condemned But Value Not Forgotten

"A "before" picture of the sagging house stood on a placard in the front yard as St. Louis County used the process on display to highlight its collaboration with Better Futures Minnesota, which strives to save old construction materials from being discarded into landfills. “We believe fervently that climate change is real,” Steve Thomas, founder […]

November 8, 2018
Help Better Futures get a forklift!

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August 15, 2017
Join us for the Face to Face Initiative

rx online Today, more than 2.3 million people are confined to a prison or correctional facility in the United States. Mass incarceration, and its direct impact on people, families pigulki erekcyjne, and communities, is a growing and widespread problem in the United States. What's more, recidivism rates—the rate of people returning to prison—are higher in Minnesota than most […]

July 25, 2017
Why is Minnesota one of few states with an increasing prison population?

rx online Minnesota's mass incarceration problem  While the national prison population is on the decline, Minnesota's numbers are rising. A May 2017 Vera Institute of Justice study found that Minnesota was one of just 15 states (out of 45 reporting) that saw both increased prison populations and rising costs between 2010 and 2015. In fact, […]

July 23, 2017
Report: Hiring formerly incarcerated people benefits companies, communities

rx online Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union released its report on the successes of corporate policies geared to giving formerly incarcerated Americans a fair chance at re-entry. The results show what we at Better Futures have known all along: Second chances are good for people, good for communities, and good for businesses. Today, 70 million […]

April 24, 2017
How “technical violations” lead to revolving doors of Minnesota prisons

rx online In Minnesota, nearly 100,000 people are under probation—a form of supervised release that often includes strict daily check-ins with supervising officers. In fact, Minnesota has one of the highest probation rates in the country, leaving some people under supervised probation for 10, even 20 years. According to a recent Star Tribune story, Minnesota […]

February 7, 2017
Minnesota's landfill problem: What can be done?

rx online Across the world, forward-thinking cities, municipalities, and lawmakers are thinking about landfill waste in new ways. In July, for example, Portland, Ore. became the first city in the country to ensure that valuable materials from demolished houses are salvaged for reuse instead of crushed and landfilled. Here in the Twin Cities, landfilling is becoming a growing […]

January 9, 2017
How deconstruction can thwart a growing pollution problem

rx online Across Minnesota, older homes and barns are being demolished to make way for new buildings or farmland. When buildings are demolished, harmful chemicals and pollutants—like lead and asbestos—are released in the air. In addition, when buildings such as old barns are burned, the old-growth wood is not only wasted, but it produces noxious smoke […]

December 4, 2016
New bill could help address mental health crisis in U.S. prisons

rx online This week, the Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would, among other things, address the prevalence of people in U.S. jails and prisons who are suffering from mental illness. The "21st Century Cures" Bill encompasses the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, which authorizes funding for services related to mental […]

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