A court-appointed panel is calling for an overhaul of the laws and treatment protocols that have made Minnesota the nation’s per-capita leader in the civil commitment of sex offenders.Read More »
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1) Democrats and Republicans are preparing for President Barack Obama’s visit to Minnesota on Thursday, Minnesota Public Radio reports. Obama, who will arrive on Thursday, will convene a by-invitation-only “town hall meeting” later that day and then attend a fundraiser for congressional ...Read More »
Attorney General Lori Swanson's opposition to the proposed release of Thomas Duvall from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) has drawn the embattled program into the political crosshairs once again.Read More »
1) The state Senate passed its version of a measure meant to increase protections for working women, the St. Cloud Times reports. Those protections, which make up the larger Women’s Economic Security Act, include more pregnancy leave for both men ...Read More »
The sex offender task force's final recommendations emphasized the importance of separating the civil commitment process from the risk of political interference.
Tagged with: Amber Backhaus Andrea Kieffer Brian Halloran Erin Haust Jenni Bowring-McDonough Kelly Fenton Larry Redmond Mark Dayton Minnesota Sex Offender Program MNsure Neil Lynch Paul Thissen Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota Republican Party of MinnesotaRead More »
1.) Former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert is poised to jump into the gubernatorial race with a trio of events on Thursday. Seifert’s candidacy has been rumored in GOP circles for months, and the related chatter has only ramped up ...
Tagged with: Dave Thompson Eric Magnuson Jeff Johnson Julie Brunner Kirsten Anderson Kurt Daudt Kurt Zellers Mark Dayton Marty Seifert Minnesota Sex Offender Program Tom Emmer Warren Limmer Yvonne CournoyerRead More »
Dayton has asked Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson to suspend any provisional releases from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program until a special task force and legislators can address concerns about the constitutionality of potentially locking up offenders for life.Read More »
**UPDATED** GOP Reps. Brian Johnson and Nick Zerwas are raising concerns about plans to transfer six civilly committed sex offenders to a facility in Cambridge. In a letter to Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, the legislators questioned whether the plan will endanger the public.Read More »
Raymond Messer, who has been civilly committed as a sexually dangerous person since 2011, committed suicide on Friday at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program's Moose Lake facility, according to multiple sources familiar with the incident.Read More »
The Senate passed legislation on Tuesday making significant changes to the state's trouble civil commitment program for sex offenders with bipartisan support. The House version of the bill continues to face opposition from Republicans.Read More »