Top Minnesota officials sort out sex offender program’s fate
Federal court is pressuring them to make changes
(AP) – Minnesota is under federal court pressure to rework its program that locks up sex offenders even after they serve out prison terms.
It’s a system that the state’s political leaders have vigorously defended and resisted changing.
The challenge will be front and center on Monday as a cavalcade of lawmakers, program administrators and lawyers file into a federal courthouse for a private meeting to discuss potential fixes to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.
The unusual assembly was sought by the federal judge who ruled the program unconstitutional in June.
It probably won’t be the final word, but the eventual outcome could have a bearing on how 20 states with civil confinement programs deal with sex offenders