Since I started working for the ACLU this summer, I've recieved quite a warm welcome from many of you. And for those of you I haven't met yet, I hope our paths cross soon.
No matter who I've met, one of the first questions for me always seems to be the same: What's the ACLU of North Dakota up to these days?
The majority of my time has been spent on criminal justice reform. It's a national issue, but it's also one that flows from choices made by state and local governments – and in North Dakota, we could cut incarceration in half and save our state millions of dollars by pursuing simple reforms to different areas of the criminal justice system. That's why I've met with state officials in Bismarck, toured the Jamestown state prison and talked with inmates, and attended Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation meetings.
But in order to make North Dakota a better place to live for everyone, I know there are other issues that I need to focus on, too. So I've also been spending a lot of time talking with grassroots organizers, labor leaders, state legislators, and others across the state to learn about what's important to North Dakotans.
In order to do the work that's most meaningful to all North Dakotans, I need to hear from you, too. Please drop me a note and tell me what's on your mind. What issues are most important to you? How can I be more responsive to your needs? Click the big red button above, and let me know.