Federal judge questions legality of Minnesota's sex offender program

  • Article by: Chris Serres , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2014 - 9:53 PM

Judge urges legislators to find a fix for “draconian” confinement.

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getcrazyFeb. 20, 14 2:41 PM

What needs to happen is an increase in prison sentences for offenders. Whether or not it's a deterrent to offenses is up for debate but what isn't is the concern for the safety of potential future victims of those convicted.

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jimmyjames76Feb. 20, 14 2:45 PM

"U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank said the Legislature is “best equipped” to develop policies that would preserve the rights of nearly 700 rapists, pedophiles and other sex offenders"........Why is it that the rights of child and adult victims that are abused and raped by sex offenders are never considered? If we can rehabilitate someone fine, but if a sex offender poses a threat to the public, which is how they end up in this facility in the first place, then they should never be released. Period. Purposely releasing dangerous criminals likely to commit sex crimes again and again is idiotic.

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ziggymFeb. 20, 14 2:46 PM

Such a tough issue, yet I'm surprised they didn't rule it unconstitutional- each one of these offenders served their prison sentence and were sent to MSOP, in essence, for life. Yet other sex offenders serve their prison time and are released into the community. But the term alone terrifies people, where locking them away for life -unconstitutional or not- seems like a good idea, even if it violates their constitutional rights.

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zpgabmomFeb. 20, 14 2:54 PM

Two problems: keeping the public safe and not violating anybody's constitutional rights. It is absolutely unconstitutional for someone to serve their entire sentence only to be locked up for what they "might" do. MSOP has always been a shame. It was never intended to treat and release. If the legislature wants to lock them up and throw away the key, they cannot pretend it is "therapy." We're lucky that this judge didn't rule it unconstitutional and open the flood gates to. Release them all. It could still happen, because this is blatantly unconstitutional.

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dhenkelsFeb. 20, 14 3:00 PM

"preserve the rights of nearly 700 rapists, pedophiles and other sex offenders kept in civil confinement through the Minnesota Sex Offender Program" - Why are they still given "rights"? If you are going to act like an animal you should be treated like one. Anyone who thinks it's unfair and they should be let out, are you fine with them being next door to you?

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trudgeFeb. 20, 14 3:14 PM

Interesting that this article came out the same day as the child murder story in Missouri. The suspect in Missouri did not have a record, but it speaks to the destructive and unpredictable power of these deviants.

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bluewavexx3Feb. 20, 14 3:25 PM

Dhenkels: you should be ashamed of yourself for referring to predators as animals . Animals deserve better treatment than these creeps. It's an insult to animals lol. I agree what about the rights of victims?

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minn12Feb. 20, 14 3:51 PM

Leave it to a yet another radical 'Clinton judge' to rule against protecting society from the worst of the worst. What does he want to do, put them all on the street? Give me a break.

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duluthmnmnFeb. 20, 14 4:18 PM

I knew someone that worked there and they don't just lock them up and throw away the key. These sex offenders go through treatment, groups and therapy, ect. The mental health professionals that work with these sex offenders cannot force them to do treatment so there were quite a few that did not participate. So if you don't show progress (by progress I mean there were offenders who were still in denial about their crimes and/or victim blaming) then of course you are not going anywhere. They are not going to just let you out if you refuse to get with the program. Let's not forget these are not normal people, nor are they one time offenders, these are monsters that have brutally sexually assaulted women, men and children and infants more than once and are at a huge risk of doing it again. There have even been cases of sexual assault happening among them. Castrate them all.

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justamom41Feb. 20, 14 4:41 PM

I hope the legislature specifies that these guys get to live on the judge's block when they're released.

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