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.
4 Your Pets: Ruff Start Rescue's Prison ProgramLate last spring, Ruff Start Rescue founder Azure Davis and company started a program at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility, where rescue dogs are paired up with select offender trainers.
How Do Our Neighboring States Handle Sex Offenders?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. Now, more than 700 sex offenders are suing the state saying that's unconstitutional. So we wondered: How do our neighboring states handle sex offenders? Do they get out? And what happens when they do?
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.
Man Found Unconscious After Hitting Deer, Then Tree In Carlton County A 28-year-old Barnum, Minnesota, man is in critical condition after his car crashed into a tree in Carlton County.
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.
St. Paul Federal Judge To Rule On MN Sex Offender CaseA case about the constitutionality of the Minnesota's sex offender treatment program is heading to federal court. Attorney Dan Gustafson is representing 24-year-old Eric Terhaar. Both Terhaar and 48-year-old Rhonda Bailey are both trying to get released from the program.
The Process Has Begun To Release Civilly-Committed Sex OffendersA federal court proceeding has cleared the way for what will likely be the release of one, and likely more, dangerous sex offenders. The offenders are civilly committed and housed at state facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter.
State Patrol: 4 Children Among 7 Hurt In Pine County Rollover CrashFour children were among seven people were hurt, two seriously, in a rollover crash in Pine County Monday night, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Inmates Seek Release Amid Sex Offender Program ControversyIn Minnesota, there are 700 sex offenders kept away in indefinite treatment, more than in any other state. A federal judge warned that some of those men need to be let go because parts of the program are unconstitutional.
As Sex Offender Program Marches On, Rising CostsMinnesota lawmakers are getting nowhere over how to resolve constitutional questions about the state's sex offender treatment program, but the same can't be said about the program's costs. They're going somewhere — up. About 50 new patients enter the program every year, a growth rate that threatens to swamp existing facilities in the next few years. A Senate committee on Thursday will review a request for $7.4 million this year to renovate and expand the St. Peter treatment center; another $30 million or more is on the drawing board for future growth there and in Moose Lake.
Inside The Razor Wire, Part 2: 'They Call It Guantanamo North'Michael, an offender who molested a 10-year-old girl in 1998, served time in prison before being let out on probation in 2004. Then after five years of treatment on the outside, he violated parole and lied about it. He was then civilly committed.
Inside The Razor Wire, Part 1: Tour Of MN Sex Offender ProgramWCCO's Susie Jones begins a series of reports on the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, taking us "Inside the Razor Wire." We begin with an exclusive tour of the Moose Lake facility.
Dayton Wants Sex Offender Releases Halted For NowGov. Mark Dayton is calling on the Minnesota Legislature to take action and change sex offender laws in the state. At a press conference on Wednesday, Dayton and his human services commissioner addressed issues surrounding the current state of sex offender laws in Minnesota.