STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Lawmakers respond to judge call to change sex offender program
By Don Davis
Many Minnesotans may be perfectly happy to see sex offenders tossed behind bars, with jailers throwing away the keys.
However, a federal judge says the system Minnesota uses is so clo... Posted on 3/11/13 at 8:12 PM
A federal court expects Minnesota to address the continuing concerns about the constitutionality of a program that keeps many sex offenders locked up past the end of their prison sentences, the head of a task force charged with proposing improvements said Monday.
A special panel tasked with looking at alternatives to Minnesota's costly, high-security program for dangerous sex offenders recommended state legislators consider less restrictive regional treatment facilities.
Looking down on the children trooping into the recreation center at the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation are 36 mugshots of sex offenders, kept there to warn them of adults they must not trust. It's an effort with added poignancy because of the trouble the reservation has had with its child protection and social service programs, which have failed so badly the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs is taking them over.
A Level-3 Predatory Offender who will be moving to Polk County. Lonnie Jerome Cote will be moving to rural Erskine August 31st. He has a history of engaging in sexual contact with female victims between four and 14.
A federal magistrate has ordered Minnesota to create a task force to explore less-restrictive custody options for sex offenders in the state’s civil commitment program who rarely go free under the current system.
Registered sex offenders who have been banned from social networking websites are fighting back in the nation's courts, successfully challenging many of the restrictions as infringements on free speech and their right to participate in common online discussions.
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