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Hon. James E. Dehn

July 6, 2017
BA ‘71, political science
Stanchfield, MN

A nationally respected jurist committed to public safety, the Honorable James Dehn has been recognized widely for his determined and effective efforts to reduce drunk driving and creatively sentence offenders to decrease recidivism. During his thirty-year career as a judge in Minnesota’s 10th Judicial District, he has ushered in innovations such as pre-trial electronic alcohol monitoring, staggered sentencing of offenders, a Safe Cab program, and programs that enlist restaurant and bar owners and employees in efforts to reduce DWIs and deaths. He teaches creative sentencing to fellow jurists across Minnesota and the nation, mock trial to local high school students, and assists in food distribution programs in the Cambridge-Isanti area in Minnesota.