STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Issues Sjodin case raised need answers a decade later
By Don Davis
Dru Sjodins kidnapping from a Grand Forks, N.D., shopping mall 10 years ago this week began a discussion about what Minnesota should do with sex offenders, a discussion nearing a time fo... Posted on 11/18/13 at 5:09 PM
Officials with the Minnesota Sex Offender Program say they are moving forward with plans to move a half-dozen civilly-committed offenders from a treatment facility in St. Peter to a less restrictive campus in Cambridge.
Heidi Laho was packing last week to move her five small children, her husband, and herself – carrying their sixth – from their current house to a new one. One of the reasons Laho wished she was packing to move somewhere else is the 16 registered sex offenders who live in the Madison neighborhood.
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.
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