Don't rush reform of Minnesota sex offender program

  • Article by: Nick Zerwas and Tara Mack
  • Updated: June 11, 2013 - 7:45 PM

Bipartisan support depends on both parties getting to play a role in shaping new policies.

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furguson11Jun. 11, 1310:43 PM

"We legislators should be cautious and measured and review every detail of any changes to MSOP" Yeah, that's because you're waiting for the courts to take the responsibility for letting out civilly committed sex offenders who have completed "treatment"

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circleoflifeJun. 12, 13 8:02 AM

Murderers and sex offenders should receive an automatic life sentence without a possibility for parole or be put to death.

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mrb0547Jun. 12, 1310:44 AM

With the press pointing out the obstructionism of House Republicans, excuses are now being offered. They are baloney. For example, the allegation that the GOP was not given enough time. Not true. In the HHS Policy committee, Rep. Mack's objection was that she didn't believe the program was unconstitutional--not that she needed more time or had more questions. In the Judiciary Committee, the delete everything amendment was heard on April 10 but no vote was taken until another hearing on about May 14. The problem has been known and studied for years but while the GOP was in charge they did nothing about it...not even move a bill through committee. The bill itself is a modest step forward, supported by law enforcement officials and many GOP Senators. Rep. Abeler--also a Republican--fully supported it, but he could not convince his House GOP colleagues to step up. Rep. Tina Liebling

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suetiggersAug. 27, 13 9:09 PM

Sex offenses are the EASIEST crimes to falsely accuse someone of. Many prosecutors call them "easy wins". If anyone cares about justice , they will learn how true this. Here's a few facts about these laws: http://www.thecrimereport.org/news/inside-criminal-justice/2011-05-are-we-being-smart-about-sex-offenders http://ilvoices.com/media/23945d47d1a0fd37ffff810bffffe415.pdf http://www.reformsexoffenderlaws.org/ Read Jim and Nancy Petro's book "False Justice" and Richard Wrights' "Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions" See the movie "Conviction" and Sean Penn's "Witch hunt" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0C2aQprdIM

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