Appeals Court Stays Order on Minnesota Sex Offender Program
A federal appeals court has stayed a federal judge’s order requiring changes to Minnesota’s sex offender program.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the temporary stay Wednesday in a two-sentence order.
The court said the stay would be in effect while it considers Minnesota’s motion for a stay pending appeal.
In June, U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank declared the sex offender program unconstitutional.
In October, he ordered changes to the program, including a risk assessment of all inmates to determine which of them no longer pose a risk and could be released.
The state argues that it is properly holding more than 700 offenders that are too risky to free.