A federal judge has ordered the creation of a five-member expert panel to review the treatment regimen at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. The evaluation team has been directed to report back to the court with its findings by April 15.
by Charley Shaw
Published: December 26, 2012
Tags: Bernie Lieder, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Margaret Donahoe, Minnesota Security Hospital, Minnesota Sex Offender Program, Minnesota Transportation Alliance, Morrie Lanning, Paul Thissen, Peter Trocke, Terry Morrow, Thom Petersen, Uniform Law Commission, Vikings Stadium
St. Peter DFLer played key role on Vikings stadium, other sensitive issues.
Published: December 26, 2012
Tags: Alice Hausman, biofuels, bonding, Brenda Cassellius, Brian Rice, campaign finance, Carlos Mariani, Chris Radatz, consumer protection, David Dill, Education, environment, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, Health Care, Iron Range, Jason Metsa, Jeff Howe, Jesse Ventura, Jim Carlson, John Marty, Jonathan Blake, Kerry Gauthier, labor, Legacy amendment, Legal Services Advocacy Project, liquor, Mark Dayton, Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, Minnesota Sex Offender Program, MinnesotaCare, NextGen Energy Board, Paul Rosenthal, renewable fuels, Ron Elwood, Sandy Pappas, Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force, Steve Simon, Tina Liebling, Tom Rukavina, Tony Cornish, Tony Lourey, Transportation, Warren Limmer
Here’s a guide to key policy matters that are likely to be addressed and heavily lobbied in the 2013 legislative session.
The court-mandated Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force held its initial meeting on Thursday morning at the State Office Building. Former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson is chairing the 20-member panel, which resulted from a federal class-action lawsuit challenging the terms of confinement for more more than 650 individuals indefinitely committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.
by Paul Demko
Published: October 5, 2012
Tags: Abby Dawkins, Anne Barry, Christoper Lee, Christopher Jackson, Clarence Opheim, Dru Sjodin, Edward Bearse, Eric Janus, James Nobles, Jannine Hebert, Jon Brandt, Kurt Zellers, Lincoln Brown, Lucy Coon, Mark Dayton, Matt Dean, Michael Miner, Mike Freeman, Minnesota Sex Offender Program, Moose Lake, MSOP, Robert Longo, St. Peter, Timothy Coon, Warren Limmer, Warren Maas
Timothy Coon could spend his whole life confined to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program for actions he committed as a juvenile. And there are more than 50 others like him inside the walls of MSOP.
Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson will lead a 15-member task force charged with recommending reforms for the troubled Minnesota Sex Offender Program. The panel stems from an order in a class-action lawsuit challenging the terms of confinement for more than 650 individuals who are indefinitely detained at facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter.
The motion passed off the floor with near unanimous support on Monday, easily garnering the two-thirds majority need to suspend the rules. Current state law does not require any kind of neighborhood notification when a sex offender from the Minnesota Sex Offender program is released to a halfway house.
The pending release of civilly committed sex offender Clarence Opheim has provoked sparring between the GOP House leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton. On Wednesday legislators took up the charged issue in a committee hearing, but the dialogue was considerably less heated.
by Paul Demko
Published: February 15, 2012
Tags: John Kingrey, Kurt Zellers, Mark Dayton, Matt Dean, Minnesota Sex Offender Program, MN County Attorneys Association, Ron Latz, Tony Cornish, Warren Limmer
A proposal to overhaul Minnesota’s policies for dealing with dangerous sex offenders looks highly unlikely to gain any legislative traction this year. The politically contentious issue appears to be disappearing from the legislative radar despite months of work by key Republican leaders and officials with the departments of Corrections and Human Services.
Clarence Opheim is slated to become the first civilly committed sex offender in Minnesota to ever be released. Last week a special judicial panel ruled that he can be released to a halfway house in St. Paul under strict supervision.