Judge Weighing Sex Offender Program Fate To Order Fixes SoonA federal judge who declared Minnesota's sex offender treatment program unconstitutional intends to rule in October on how the state must fix it after signaling in court Wednesday that he wouldn't move to shut it down entirely. Judge Donovan Frank and attorneys in a 4-year-old class-action lawsuit debated how far the court can go in shaping regulations for an indefinite confinement program housing more than 700 offenders deemed a continuing risk to society.
Courtroom Debate Resumes Over Fate Of Sex Offender ProgramLawyers arguing over the structure of Minnesota's sex offender confinement program are back in federal court as a judge determines what has to change and how soon.
Attorneys For Sex Offenders Propose List Of Program ChangesAttorneys 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.
Minnesota Town Learns About New Neighbor Released From Sex Offender ProgramNeighbors in a small Minnesota town learned more Tuesday night about a convicted sex offender who will soon live there.
Attorney Says State Won't Propose Sex Offender Program FixesAn 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.
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.
Sex Offender Granted Monitored Release From Minnesota LockupA 68-year-old man who has spent two decades in the Minnesota sex offender treatment program is on the verge of provisional release.
Minnesota Legislators Expect Costly Fix To Sex Offender ProgramThe 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.
Top Minnesota Officials Sort Out Sex Offender Program's FateMinnesota 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.
Judge: Meeting On Sex Offender Program Will Stay PrivateA 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.
Federal Judge, State Leaders To Meet On Sex Offender Program FixIn 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.
Court Ruling Affects Minnesota's Pending Sex Offender CasesA 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.