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Federal judge demands swift action on reforming Minnesota's sex offender program


Frustrated by legislative inaction, the federal judge who found Minnesota’s sex offender program unconstitutional has threatened a “more forceful solution” if state leaders fail to implement immediate reforms.

In a harshly worded order issued Wednesday, Judge Donovan Frank of the U.S. District Court in St. Paul called on the state to correct systemic problems with the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP), which locks up about 720 sex offenders who have completed their prison terms but are deemed unsafe for public release.

Frank gave the state until Sept. 21 to file proposals, and he scheduled a public hearing on the remedies for Sept. 30.


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