Capstone Award

National Award Presented to Pine County
Posted on 07/16/2019
The evening of July 15th our juvenile justice program (Project R.I.S.E.) received the 2018 Capstone of the Year Award from Georgetown University. The ceremony was held in the historic Riggs Library at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Almos & Youngberg with awardThe work in this area started with a hallway conversation Pine County Attorney Reese Frederickson had in 2015 with probation director Terry Fawcett. Frederickson asked the question, “What can we do to keep juveniles in our county systems from becoming adults in the criminal system?” Frederickson believes in aggressive and fair prosecution of adults, but wanted to know if there was a way to proactively work with at-risk youth so the system would not have to deal with them as an adult.

That hallway conversation led to forming a team of passionate and motivated people from Pine County, East Central Schools and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. The team spearheaded many initiatives, including juvenile restorative justice, in-school truancy court, hiring a cultural community coach, writing data-sharing protocols, rewriting school discipline policies, identifying and addressing the needs of cross-system youth, and forming an Evening Reporting Center. Other jurisdictions have wanted to learn about our successes - Entire RISE TeamFawcett and Frederickson have spoken about our program in numerous places in Minnesota and other states. Frederickson has considered his involvement in Project R.I.S.E. as one his proudest accomplishments. It’s been a lot of work, but it’s also been an adventure - one where we’ve changed lives and formed many great friendships with team members.

We’re thankful for all the support from the community, the schools, the Band and the county. More exciting news will be shared about Project R.I.S.E. in the future as we continue to grow the program.
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