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.
Escaped Patient Returned To Minnesota Security Hospital
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.
Wander Minnesota: Road Trip To St. PeterSouth of the Twin Cities, along the Minnesota River, is the town of St. Peter. St. Peter's earliest claim to fame is that it came close to being the capital of Minnesota, but thanks to the machinations of Joe Rolette, who stole the bill that would have designated St. Peter as the capital and hid with it until legislators had voted in St. Paul instead.
Gov. Dayton: St. Peter Hospital Needs Urgent FixState officials are investigating the latest in a series of assaults at Minnesota's largest psychiatric hospital in St. Peter. Governor Mark Dayton says the facility needs an urgent fix.
Dayton Calls Psychiatric Hospital Where Series Of Assaults Reported 'Obsolete'State officials are investigating the latest in a series of assaults at Minnesota's largest psychiatric hospital in St. Peter. Gov. Mark Dayton said the Minnesota Security Hospital needs an urgent fix. Dozens of staff workers have been injured at the facility this year.
Man Goes Overboard, Dies While Sailing On Lake MichiganAuthorities say a Wisconsin man has died after he went overboard while sailing on Lake Michigan. The Racine County Sheriff's Office says it got a call around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday about a vessel in distress on the lake.
St. Peter Hospital Worker Hurt After Attack By PatientA female staff member at the state hospital in St. Peter is being treated for injuries after being assaulted by a 16-year-old patient. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is investigating the incident at the Minnesota Security Hospital.
Reality Check: Minnesota's Sex Offender Treatment ProgramMinnesota's sex offender treatment program is getting sharp scrutiny after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. It turns out that Minnesota locks up more dangerous sex offenders than almost anywhere else.
Family Of Man Committed For Killing Parents Objects To His ReleaseA Minnesota man who killed his parents 16 years ago is expected to be released from a state hospital soon. Richard Happ has been a resident at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter since he was 30 years old.
Attorney Talks Misconceptions In Sex Offender Program TrialMore than 700 civilly committed sex offenders are suing the state of Minnesota, arguing the program keeping them locked up is unconstitutional.
Constitutional Test For Minnesota Sex Offender ProgramMinnesota'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.