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Franken Introduces Courtroom Safety Measure


WASHINGTON DC (KDAL) - 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  has introduced the Local Courthouse Safety Act to improve security at smaller courthouses. Senators John Boozman of Arkansas and Amy Klobuchar have signed on as original cosponsors of the legislation.   Senator 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 Senator 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.”