Minnesota Sex Offender Program

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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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Minnesota Town Learns About New Neighbor Released From Sex Offender Program

Neighbors in a small Minnesota town learned more Tuesday night about a convicted sex offender who will soon live there.

08/18/2015

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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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Judge In Sex Offender Case Warns Of ‘Forceful Solution’

A federal judge who ruled Minnesota’s sex offender program unconstitutional is warning state leaders he may resort to a “more forceful solution” if they don’t prove willing to fix the program on their own.

08/12/2015

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Sex Offender Granted Monitored Release From Minnesota Lockup

A 68-year-old man who has spent two decades in the Minnesota sex offender treatment program is on the verge of provisional release.

08/11/2015

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Minnesota Legislators Expect Costly Fix To Sex Offender Program

The state of Minnesota is trying to figure out what to do with more than 700 sex offenders that a Federal court ruled are being held unconstitutionally.

08/10/2015

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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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Judge: Meeting On Sex Offender Program Will Stay Private

A federal judge has denied a media request to open up a private meeting about the future of Minnesota’s civil commitment program for sex offenders.

08/07/2015

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Federal Judge, State Leaders To Meet On Sex Offender Program Fix

In June, Federal Judge Donovan Frank ruled that the state program which houses more than 700 civilly committed sex offenders is unconstitutional. Judge Frank has asked top elected officials, including Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt, to attend a conference next Monday to come up with a fix to that program.

08/04/2015

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Court Ruling Affects Minnesota’s Pending Sex Offender Cases

A federal judge’s declaration that Minnesota’s civil commitment setup for sex offenders is unconstitutional has raised serious questions about whether prosecutors can keep asking the state’s courts to send more offenders into the program as they approach release from prison.

06/22/2015

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Despite Ruling, Minnesota Sex Offenders Remain In Limbo

Despite a sternly worded ruling from a federal judge that many of Minnesota’s sex offenders who’ve served their sentences could be long overdue for release, they’re likely to spend many more months — maybe even years — in the state’s civil commitment program.

06/18/2015

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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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4 Things To Know From June 17, 2015

From the NBA Finals results to another chocolate study, here are the four stories to know for Wednesday, June 17.

06/17/2015

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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 Minnesota’s Sex Offender Program

For more than two decades, Minnesota’s most dangerous sex offenders have been locked up a second time after serving prison sentences. They’ve been committed to indefinite detention in treatment programs after parole.

04/22/2015

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Locked Up At 15, Sex Offender Calls His Treatment ‘A Sham’

A federal trial over the constitutionality of Minnesota’s sex offender program heard Thursday from a man who was a juvenile when he was locked up and was later sent into treatment.

02/19/2015

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Experts Testify In MN Sex Offender Program Trial

A federal judge is closer to deciding if it’s constitutional to keep Minnesota sex offenders in custody indefinitely. Only three offenders have been released from treatment.

02/18/2015

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Patients Testify In Lawsuit Over Sex Offender Program

For the first time, we’re hearing from patients in Minnesota’s sex offender program. They say the state’s system of treatment is broken. It’s the second week of testimony in the class action lawsuit, which seeks to have the program ruled unconstitutional.

02/17/2015

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Suit Against Minn. Sex Offender Program Enters 2nd Week

A federal judge has rejected a motion to strike testimony from four court-appointed experts who’ve said at least some of the more than 700 people civilly committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program should be released.

02/17/2015

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Testimony Begins In Minn. Sex Offender Program Lawsuit

A high stakes federal court trial started Monday in St. Paul that could eventually result in the release of civilly committed Minnesota sex offenders. Right now, about 700 high-risk offenders are locked up even after they served their prison sentences. They’re considered likely to offend again if they ever get out.

02/09/2015

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Lawsuit Could Change Minnesota’s Sex Offender Program

Testimony begins Monday in a lawsuit that could bring big changes to Minnesota’s sex offender program. In Minnesota, there are 700 sex offenders kept away in indefinite treatment, more than in any other state.

02/08/2015

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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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Recommendations Issued For Sex Offender Program

Experts reviewing Minnesota’s civil commitment program for sex offenders are recommending that staff begin creating plans to discharge clients when they are first admitted to the program, and that residents be periodically evaluated to ensure they meet criteria for confinement. The recommendations are among dozens issued Tuesday by experts who have spent months evaluating residents, treatment standards and polices at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

11/18/2014

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Recommendations Issued For Sex Offender Program

Experts reviewing Minnesota’s civil commitment program for sex offenders issued dozens of recommendations in a report issued Tuesday, including individual evaluations of each resident to ensure compliance with the criteria for confinement.

11/18/2014

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AP Exclusive: Few Options For Female Sex Offender

The sexual abuse started early for Rhonda Bailey, her father constantly visiting her bedroom when she was as young as 5. She gave birth to her first child at age 14, unsure whether the father was her dad or another relative, court documents say.

09/07/2014

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