Minnesota Sex Offender Program

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Federal Judge Lets Minn. Sex Offender Suit Proceed

A federal judge is refusing to throw out a lawsuit challenging Minnesota’s treatment system for sex offenders and again suggesting he might scrap the whole program. A judge writes in a ruling that the lawsuit from residents of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program “easily survives dismissal” despite the state’s attempt to get it thrown out.

02/20/2014

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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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Gay Marriage Law Causes Prisoner Dilemma

Three same-sex couples in state custody as sex offenders are seeking marriage licenses under Minnesota’s gay marriage law. The new law is causing thorny questions for state officials who supervise incarcerated people.

09/09/2013

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Hearing Set For Nov. 15 In Minn. Sex Offender Suit

Lawyers have filed motions asking a federal judge to declare the Minnesota Sex Offender Program unconstitutional, move the people in it to less restrictive facilities and appoint a court officer to oversee the program.

08/22/2013

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Committed Sex Offender Kills Himself At Moose Lake

The Department of Human Services says a man committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program has killed himself. Deputy Commissioner Anne Barry says he died Saturday at the program’s Moose Lake facility. She says it’s the only known suicide in the history of the sex offender treatment program. Citing privacy laws, the department declined to identify him or say how he killed himself. Sex offenders who are civilly committed to the program when they complete their prison sentences are considered patients, not inmates.

08/05/2013

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Judge Certifies Sex Offender Suit As Class Action

A federal judge has certified a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program as a class action on behalf of everyone committed to the program.

07/24/2012

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Judges Block Rapist’s Bid For More Freedom

A convicted rapist won’t gain more freedom from a Minnesota program that confines more than 600 dangerous sex offenders after they leave prison.

05/18/2012

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House Committee Examines Sex Offender Discharge

A House committee is holding a hearing to examine the provisional discharge of a man who spent nearly 19 years in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

02/15/2012

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Pedophile To Be Released From MN Sex Offender Program

Sixty-four-year-old Clarence Opheim is scheduled to be the first person ever released from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, but there are still concerns from lawmakers about whether it’s safe.

02/13/2012

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Panel OKs Minn. Sex Offender Provisional Discharge

A panel of judges has approved the discharge of a 64-year-old pedophile from Minnesota’s Sex Offender program.

02/10/2012

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Possible Minn. Sex Offender Releases Draw Concern

The prospect that two violent sexual predators could be released from a state treatment program drew a skeptical reaction from lawmakers Tuesday, even though they won’t be the ones to decide whether the offenders get out.

02/08/2011

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