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Sens. Franken, Klobuchar Introduce Courtroom Safety Bill

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 8:17 am

In response to the dramatic rise in local courthouse violence across the nation—including a shooting in December at the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais during which several people were wounded—U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has introduced the Local Courthouse Safety Act to improve security at smaller courthouses. Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) signed on as original cosponsors of the legislation.

Sen. Franken’s legislation would address security concerns, like a lack of screening equipment and training at local courthouses, by giving courthouses access to the resources they need to improve security. Many local courthouses, especially in rural and suburban areas, lack even basic security measures like metal detectors.

“Under no circumstances should our local sheriffs or court personnel have to put their lives at risk to ensure that the basic acts of our judicial system get carried out,” said Sen. Franken. “My legislation will give courtrooms access to the basic resources they need to make sure that every Minnesotan’s day in court is safe.”

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