Walsh has said his first priority is always to protect the community from serious and violent crime. “There will be no tolerance for violent crime and serious felonies in Mille Lacs County,” Walsh said.

Walsh said the goal is to cut down on serious and violent crime in the future by “being aggressive when such crimes are committed to reduce the occurrence of these crimes in the future.”

As for less serious crimes, Walsh said the county attorney’s office needs to do a better job reintegrating offenders back into the community. In these cases, the office will follow the principles of restorative justice, which focuses on meeting the needs of victims and providing opportunities for offenders who are willing to work hard to rehabilitate themselves. The goal is to return the community to the same place it was before the offense was committed.

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