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Committee purpose statement: 
This Committee shall concern itself with studying proposed legislation in the fields of criminal law and corrections and prepare position statements that have Executive Board and President Approval. These efforts must be based upon nonpartisan analysis, study and research of specific problems within the scope of the correctional field, and all results and findings of Committee analysis, study and research shall be made available to the public.  All legislative activity of the Committee shall serve a public rather than a private interest. 

Committee action statement:
The Committee, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, may support or oppose proposed corrections legislation; positions taken by the Committee must be consistent with our philosophy, mission statement and good correctional practice. Members representing the Association shall not indulge in practices, which could be construed as influence peddling or the placing of undue pressure upon legislators.


  • Provide a forum for discussion of legislative issues affecting Corrections, both juvenile and adult.
  • Develop a legislative platform that advances sound correctional practice.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other professional organizations related to sound correctional practice.
  • Work to balance public safety, with the responsibility of assisting and motivating offenders toward pro-social change.
  • Inform the MCA membership of important legislative issues and seek their involvement in the legislative process.
  • Conduct a Legislative Update Workshop at the annual Fall Institute, and partner with others in participating in a "Capitol Day" event, and actively seek out key legislators to promote dialogue and advance the  Association's legislative platform.

Chair: Mark Bliven- MN DOC Central Office

Committee Members

Deanna Alvord- MN DOC
Dain Cain- RS Eden

Steve Dornbach- Retired

Tom Feddema- Wright County
Mark Foss- Crossing Home

Mark Haase- Attorney
Zayda Harsha
Tim Haug- Cass County Probation
Brad Janowski- AccessAbility, Inc.
Kathleen Lonergan– DOC Liaison

Jason Mereness- Ramsey Co. Comm. Corr.
Paul Mickelson- Carlton County

Brian Moreau– DOC
Cal Saari- MCA Legislative Liaison
Jane Schmid- Brown County
Monty Vikdal- DFO Community Corrections

 To e-mail the committee chair, mark.bliven@state.mn.us 

Legislative Tracker/Updates- Click Here

by Cal Saari- MCA Legislative Liaison

2017 Legislative Summary- Click here 

An excellent summary is now available in our Members Only section.You will need to be signed into your member account to view it.

Our thanks to member Les Schultz for his diligent work on this!

Minnesota SecondChance Coalition Education-Resource Information
Click here for information on Voting in Minnesota with a Criminal Conviction

2018 Corrections Capitol Day- April 5th State Capitol L'Etoile du Nord Vault Room 

Watch for more details and registration

MCA Office 
PO Box 261
Wyoming, MN 55092

Phone: 651.462.8320 
Fax: 651.717.6137

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