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Top Minnesota Officials Sort Out Sex Offender Program's Fate

New York Times
Associated Press
Sunday, August 9, 2015

"Minnesota is under federal court pressure to rework its program that locks up sex offenders even after they serve out prison terms, a system the state's political leaders have vigorously defended.

Come Monday, the challenge will be front and center as a cavalcade of lawmakers, program administrators and lawyers meet to discuss potential fixes to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. The court conference is closed to the public. A coalition of media organizations, including The Associated Press, petitioned for access, but the judge denied the request.

The unusual assembly, sought by the federal judge who ruled the program unconstitutional in June, probably won't be the final word. But the eventual outcome could have a bearing on how 20 states with similar civil confinement programs deal with sex offenders.


'A lot of eyes are on this one and it is quite likely that other challenges will emerge in the wake of this one,' said University of Kansas law professor Corey Rayburn Yung, who has studied legal issues surrounding sex offender programs, including in Kansas. 'Minnesota is the first real test case.'"

Previously found at http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/08/09/us/ap-us-sex-offenders-minnes....