Sex Offender Program Reviewed 25 Oct 13

A state task force is considering major changes to Minnesota’s system of committing its most dangerous sex offenders to indefinite confinement. The 15-member panel is discussing the creation of a new court with broad authority to determine how sex offenders are selected for commitment, as well as when they might be released. The draft recommendations would also create a panel of professional experts to screen commitments. The task force is expected to deliver its final recommendations by December 1st. Minnesota has the highest number of civilly committed offenders per capita among the 20 states with such programs. The program is under challenge in a class-action lawsuit by a group of offenders who say it amounts to lifetime confinement without appropriate treatment.