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News Release: May 28, 2014

Minneapolis: -- T
he Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) congratulates the Fourth Precinct CARE Task Force as the recipient of the 2014 Advancement of Justice Award. Presentation of the award was on May 20 at the HCBA Annual Meeting.

The Advancement of Justice Award is given by the HCBA to honor the work of an agency or an individual who is not a lawyer. The award is given to recognize contributions toward improving the administration of justice, achieving freedom through the law, or increasing the public’s understanding of the legal profession and justice system.

The award was given to Fourth Precinct CARE to recognize the work the organization is doing to increase public understanding of the justice system. Fourth Precinct CARE is a community collaboration led by North Minneapolis neighborhood organizations working to increase neighborhood livability by empowering residents to engage in the criminal justice process. Fourth Precinct CARE organized a well-attended three-part Court Watch series with sessions titled: “The Players,” “The Judges,” and “The Enforcers.” Each session had over 60 attendees at a North Minneapolis community center.

“The Players” session provided a broad overview of the criminal justice process by including staff from the Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, and the Hennepin County Public Defenders’ Office. “The Judges” session provided an explanation of the courts’ role in administering justice by including judges and court staff from Minnesota’s Fourth District. “The Enforcers” session provided an explanation of the purpose of probation and parole, as well as their role in helping offenders navigate re-entry and remain law abiding.

By empowering residents with knowledge of the judicial system, Fourth Precinct CARE has promoted public understanding and confidence in our system of justice.

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The mission of the HCBA is to serve the needs of a diverse membership by advancing collegiality, professionalism, ethical conduct, and competence in the legal profession.  The association strives to ensure the fairness and accessibility of the legal system by promoting public understanding and confidence in our system of justice and by working along with the courts to improve the administration of justice.  The largest of Minnesota's 21 county bar associations, the HCBA has over 8,000 legal professionals.  


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