Minnesota has a very large population of civilly detained sex offenders, and now a state task force wants to lessen some of these laws in order to provide more options in dealing with them. The task force wants to get them out of forced, permanent treatment with a variety of options they have proposed.
A former supreme court justice is the head chair person who is proposing the recommendations to the legislation of Minnesota. The recommendations mentions that the Minnesota Sex Offender program "captures too many and keeps them for too long." It also suggests a centralized state screening process in order to enrolled into the program. More review for patients cases within the judicial courts was also mentioned. Funding is also being asked for in order to help those who need legal help. The issue is likely to be on the legislatures agenda for 2014.
The majority of sex offenders who are locked up for such nasty acts are offenders who have committed serious sexual crimes multiple times among other serious offenses. Treatments are also very controversial in the medical world as to how effective they really are when determining if the inmate will re-offend in the future.
So what could happen if this were to actually be deemed law in St. Cloud? Its hard to say, but this issue is not gong to go without a fire blazing due to controversial aspects of allowing such inmates to have such options open to them.
By Tina Elliott