Makeover proposed for sex offender program

  • Article by: BRAD SCHRADE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2012 - 7:34 PM

Task force urges a network of regional treatment centers.

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thunderDec. 3, 12 3:48 PM

So instead of 1 or 2 high security facilities we have several treatment centers with less security? I think the group sort of missed the mark.

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swschradDec. 3, 12 4:42 PM

society gets what society wants. and society wants repeat or especially crazed sex offenders locked away until society fades away. it does not hurt the case for locking them away that study after study says there is no effective treatment.

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RGMCDONDec. 3, 12 4:51 PM

I dont understand how the government can sentence them to a crime, they serve out their sentence, then the are subject to indefinite commitment? If you want them locked up for life, make it a life sentence, don't come back after they have served their time, and detain them with being convicted of another crime by a jury of their peers. How has this passed the constitutional test?

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stevensp0Dec. 3, 12 5:04 PM

This looks like a perfect opportunity for privatizing and outsourcing. How about setting these up in the Aleutian Chain or, better yet, some third world nation that really needs the work?

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kell1984Dec. 3, 12 6:10 PM

According to the most recent crime stats I could dredge up of sufficient compliled data--in 2010 out of all U.S. cities (even including Anchorage, AK), Minneapolis had the highest per cita rate of forcible in the United States. Out of cities, Minneapolis faired very very poorly in over crime, right around Compton and Memphis. Just can't WAIT for it to get worse.

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tinknalDec. 3, 12 6:57 PM

Actually swschrad, the recidivism rate for Minnesota offenders who have completed treatment is very low, in the low single digits.

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budgrant00Dec. 3, 12 8:03 PM

tinknal It needs to be zero for sex offenders, no matter how that number is achieved. The crime that keeps on giving...

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wildfoxDec. 3, 12 9:23 PM

"Task force urges a network of regional treatment centers." .... Pawlenty dismantled regional treatment centers for mentally ill and placed these troubled individuals into communities. So let's spend the money we already spent before to recreate a system we already had before Tpaw ruined it. The GOP way ... spend and leave problems for someone else to clean up again later.

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zeldacDec. 3, 12 9:47 PM

The public would rather spend big dollars to keep sex offenders locked up than see them in the communities. Legislatures will be hard pressed to relax the confinement issue for them because just one release that goes real bad will blow up the whole idea.

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lacayenaDec. 3, 1210:11 PM

2nd time sex offenders should be detained for life. Despite whatever numbers tinknal alludes to, "treatment" has not seemed very effective. Does anyone think about harsher punishment perhaps causes offenders to think about moving to places more lenient? That is all.

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