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The Cass County Jail on Oct. 12, 2007, in Fargo, N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Legislative Discussion Over Sentencing Reform Gets Heated

Legislative Discussion Over Sentencing Reform Gets Heated

There is a big gap between where LeAnn Bertsch and the state’s prosecutors are on sentencing reform for non-violent drug offenders. Bertsch, who is the director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections, wants to reduce penalties for drug crimes and get rid of mandatory minimum sentences. The prosecutors, meanwhile, are resistant to that change.

Inmates fill plastic trays with food for about 250 in jail at an assembly line in the Cass County Jail in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Despite Overcrowded Jails, North Dakota Judges Have Deviated From Mandatory Minimum Sentences Just Once in Last Year

Prison overcrowding is a big issue in North Dakota. “Overcrowded jails are having to find space in other counties and neighboring states for their own inmates,” WDAY reported back in January. That report found that more jail capacity is coming online – 10 counties are set to complete jail construction projects that will increase the

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