The Minnesota Supreme Court has taken the unusual step of reversing the commitment of a former Belle Plaine man to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and sent the case back to Sibley County Court for further proceedings. The high court reaffirmed Wednesday that courts must find sex offenders “highly likely” to reoffend before civilly committing them to the secure treatment program, which is the subject of a constitutional challenge in federal court and debate at the Legislature. But the justices said judges need to make formal findings of fact on whether less restrictive treatment programs are available. So the justices sent the case of Cedrick Scott Ince back to Sibley County for clarification. His lawyers say they’ll argue he should be freed on intensive supervised release pending a final ruling.
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