Changes to Minnesota Sex Offender Program unlikely this session

By KBJR News 1

Changes to Minnesota Sex Offender Program unlikely this session

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Changes to Minnesota's controversial Sex Offender program likely won't happen during this legislative session.

Last month a federal judge urged lawmakers to come up with a fix so a lawsuit doesn't result in turning the program's more than 7-hundred sex offenders free.

The lawsuit claims the program is unconstitutional.

Lawmakers say both sides need to come together to develop a solution, but there is resistance along party lines.

"As we watched Governor Mark Dayton wrestle with this last year, when people choose to politicize this issue, it sends a mixed message to Minnesotans and because we need to make sure Minnesotans are confident in the decision we're making, we need to make sure democrats and republicans are agreeing on public policy," said Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-House Majority Leader).

"The sticking point for House republicans is the current population and moving them into a less restrictive alternative, we do believe the current system of treatment for that current population is constitutional. But I think we can make some adjustments," said Rep. Kurt Daudt (R-House Minority Leader)

Governor Mark Dayton says it's unlikely a decision will be made by the legislature this year.

The Minnesota Sex Offender Program is comprised of two facilities, one in Moose Lake and one in St. Peter.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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