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Attorneys For Sex Offenders Propose List Of Program Changes

Attorneys for more than 700 sex offenders committed to Minnesota’s secure treatment program have proposed a long list of remedies to the judge who declared the program unconstitutional.

08/19/2015

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Attorney Says State Won’t Propose Sex Offender Program Fixes

An attorney for the state of Minnesota says state officials won’t propose any specific remedies ahead of a Sept. 30 hearing in a lawsuit over the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

08/14/2015

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Talking Points: Closed-Door Meeting On Sex Offender Program

In June, a federal judge declared the state program that locks up civilly committed sex offenders unconstitutional.

08/09/2015

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Top Minnesota Officials Sort Out Sex Offender Program’s Fate

Minnesota is under federal court pressure to rework its program that locks up sex offenders even after they serve out prison terms, a system the state’s political leaders have vigorously defended.

08/09/2015

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Dayton Rearranges Trade Mission To Accommodate Court Session

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is shaving some time off his upcoming trade trip to Mexico to be at a court conference on the state’s sex offender confinement program. Dayton’s office said Thursday he would be at the Aug. 10 conference on possible changes to the civil commitment program that a federal judge ruled unconstitutional.

07/23/2015

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Ex-Supreme Court Chief Tapped To Oversee Sex Offender Case

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson has been given a prominent role in a federal court case determining potential changes to the state’s sex offender treatment program.

07/23/2015

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Judge Denies Bid For Quick Appeal Of Sex Offenders Ruling

A federal judge has denied an attempt by the state to get a quick appeal of his ruling that Minnesota’s program for civilly committed sex offenders is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank ruled Wednesday that court rules don’t allow for an appeal at this stage of the case.

07/22/2015

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Dayton Vows To Attend Hearing For Sex Offender Program

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday the state will appeal a federal court ruling declaring the state’s sex offender program unconstitutional.

06/24/2015

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Talking Points: What’s Next For State’s Sex Offender Program?

The state of Minnesota is indicating it will appeal a federal court ruling last week that declared the state’s sex offender treatment program unconstitutional.

06/21/2015

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Federal Judge Rules Sex Offender Program Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program is unconstitutional, saying it violates the “fundamental rights” of more than 700 people locked up indefinitely after completing their prison sentences.

06/17/2015

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Judge To Rule On Minnesota’s Long-Term Sex Offender Program

A federal judge is scheduled to rule Wednesday on the constitutionality of Minnesota’s sex offender program. Sex offenders sued the state in 2011 because almost no one has been discharged.

06/16/2015

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Legal Pressure Failed To Stir Action On Sex Offender Program

Minnesota lawmakers have been on notice for 16 months: Fix what a federal judge called a “draconian” and “clearly broken” sex offender treatment program or risk seeing it thrown out entirely.

06/14/2015

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Judge To Rule June 17 On Minnesota Sex Offender Program

A federal judge plans to rule next week on a constitutional challenge to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

06/09/2015

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WCCO Investigates DHS Court Monitor’s $1M Bill To Minn. Taxpayers

Federal Judge Donovan Frank appointed Court Monitor David Ferleger to make sure Minnesota follows orders to fix serious abuses of disabled patients. And he acts as a court-appointed consultant, making sure the state keeps a promise to reform Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program.

05/14/2015

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Constitutional Test For Minnesota Sex Offender Program

Minnesota’s civil commitment program for sex offenders has been under fire for years by people who say it’s unconstitutional because it amounts to a life sentence. A federal judge has pressured state lawmakers to change the program to address concerns, but they have not.

02/08/2015

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February Trial Set For Sex Offenders Lawsuit

A Feb. 9 trial date has been set for a constitutional challenge to Minnesota’s sex offenders treatment program. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank set the date Thursday during a hearing in St. Paul on the case.

08/21/2014

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Experts Seek More Time To Issue Sex Offender Program Report

Four experts appointed to evaluate a Minnesota program that confines some sex offenders to high-security facilities even after they have served prison sentences said they need more time to complete their work.

08/18/2014

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Judge Speeds Challenge To Sex Offender Program

A federal judge on Monday denied motions for the immediate release of a man from the state’s sex offender program and the transfer of the only woman in it to a less restrictive facility, but said he will expedite a class-action challenge to the program’s constitutionality and set it for trial later this year.

08/11/2014

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Sex Offender Program Ruling Due Within 30 Days

Attorneys for a man who was committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program for crimes he committed when he was a child say he should be immediately released, and they asked a federal judge on Tuesday to declare his confinement unconstitutional.

07/15/2014

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State: Experts’ Look At Sex Offenders Is Skewed

An attorney for officials who run Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program says the way experts are evaluating the program makes it impossible for them to issue a report favorable to the state.

07/15/2014

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Experts Say Sex Offender Should Be Freed

Experts evaluating patients at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program say one man should be freed because there’s little evidence to show he’s a risk.

06/04/2014

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Fixes Soon To Minn. Sex-Offender Program Unlikely

Minnesota legislative leaders sniped at each other Friday for a lack of progress in fixing the state’s sex offender treatment program despite a federal judge’s urging for fast action to correct it. Lawmakers acknowledged that no talks on the subject have occurred in about a month.

03/14/2014

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Judge Hears Arguments Over Sex Offender Program

Attorneys for residents of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program asked a federal judge on Wednesday to declare the program unconstitutional, saying that it is more of a prison than a therapeutic center and that it does not provide appropriate treatment to help its nearly 700 clients attain release.

12/18/2013

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Minn. To Keep Enforcing Campaign Disclosure Law

Minnesota’s top campaign regulator said Monday the state will continue requiring political groups to disclose campaign fundraising and spending this fall despite a federal appeals court ruling last week that found part of the law “most likely unconstitutional.”

09/10/2012