Minnesota’s Sex Offender Program Up for Discussion

(AP) – Minnesota lawmakers had their chance again this session to make changes in the state’s sex offender program, but they passed it up.

Now they’ll wait to see what a federal judge’s ruling this week might require.

District Judge Donovan Frank will rule Wednesday in a class–action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the program.

Plaintiffs argue that commitment is a de facto life sentence, and the judge’s earlier writings show he’s sympathetic.

Lawmakers early this month appeared to set aside money to explore less restrictive facilities than the prison–like settings in Moose Lake and St. Peter, but that plan fizzled.

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