Minnesota sex crimes task force asks for program overhaul

  • Article by: Chris Serres , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 2, 2013 - 10:13 PM

Offender treatment program needs more sentencing options to address range of cases, panel says.

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selfmadeDec. 2, 1312:02 PM

I'd say stop confining them too, and instead execute them.

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liberallymnDec. 2, 1312:18 PM

There is a pretty simple threshold to use to define which ones you keep confined and which one's you toss away the key. Those convicted of crimes against children should never be released...ever. Those accused of crimes without a conviction should be released... Those accused of 1st time crimes while intoxicated or otherwise impaired..should be released (after serving their sentence). There is common sense that can take place here, but letting out the guy who's molested two dozen 10 year old boys ain't it. There's a special place in hell for people like that.

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plblarkDec. 2, 1312:19 PM

selfmade: They've just revealed that the program is unequally applied, overbroad, snares too many for too long. Take the sex offender name out of it and put in any group of your choice ... are you still OK with "just execute them"?

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thunderDec. 2, 1312:35 PM

This group still fails to answer the question about the current status of the program, provisional discharges and how to manage those that move back into the community. Changing the laws and process for future offenders does not indicate how we handle the 700 in the program. The current program is problem.....how do you change the program?

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zeldacDec. 2, 13 3:56 PM

Having worked in the Corrections Department for over 30 years I can tell you that no one has the answer. Those who talk tough now about releasing them, if they were the ones who signed off on the release, they would be very hesitant because when a sex offender re-offends, it is front page news and who signed off. No one wants to be held responsible for a mistake of that proportion.

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rosemaryfrmnDec. 2, 13 6:33 PM

Ask any Policeman or Policewoman off the record......Sex offenders offend again, over and over and over. I personally feel the first time should be the last time. They should go to prison, one central prison for just sex offenders. And yes, for Life. In South Dakota, you molest a child, you go to prison for 40 years, you molest and murder a child, it's the Death Penalty or Life in prison.....if you survive the other inmates, even they hate child molesters. This opinion does not of course, solve the problems of what to do with those in 'treatment' now. It is just my opinion. I think the Legislature, after talking to the citizens they represent, should make those decisions based on the will of the people.

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norgemanDec. 2, 13 6:40 PM

So whose neighborhood are these offenders going to move into when released? I am sure it is not the affluent suburbs? Think like this before you act. All of us in rural Minnesota are sick of releasing people to our areas

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foneboothDec. 2, 13 8:13 PM

The future victims will be the evaluators of these people. Would be nice if they never became what they are, but they have. Perhaps criminal penalties for those who sign off on an offender and are proved to be wrong would be in order. If they think the guy can go free, take some responsibility for the decision.

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citypersonDec. 2, 13 8:52 PM

These are human beings and should be treated as such. Shifting the proof to the state is a move that makes sense. I'm tired of hearing people say human beings can't be reformed. Of course some can not, but the majority can. Stop the meanness that is plaguing this country.

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Diogenes9Dec. 3, 1312:19 AM

Who would want to be on that task force? Not me.

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