Chris Serres, Minneapolis Star Tribune
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a district court's finding that the Minnesota Sex Offender Program is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank in June 2015 ruled that the program, which includes indefinite civil commitments for sex offenders following the completion of their prison terms, was unconstitutional and ordered sweeping changes. The Minnesota Department of Human Services operates the program at facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter.
A 77-year-old man was found dead early Monday morning after going missing in frigid weather overnight from an assisted-living facility near Stillwater, Minn. According to police, the staff at Boutwells...
A task force created by Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a package of far-reaching reforms that officials hope will modernize the state’s mental health system and expand access to treatment for thousands of Minnesotans struggling with serious mental illness.
The private operator of a group home in Dayton, Minn. has backed out of plans to house three convicted rapists who are set for release from Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program, dealing another setback to state efforts to move more offenders back into the community.
A Minnesota court has ordered the first-ever full and unconditional discharge from Minnesota's sex offender treatment program, choosing a young man who has spent the past six years in state confinement solely for sexual acts he committed as a child.
A federal appeals court in St. Louis heard oral arguments Tuesday about whether the state of Minnesota's sex offender treatment program violates the Constitution with its practice of indefinite detention...
Minnesota's bid to delay dramatic court-ordered reforms in its controversial sex offender program has been rejected by a federal judge. The decision, handed down Monday by U.S.
State officials are pushing back against a series of proposed reforms to Minnesota’s troubled sex offender program ahead of a high-profile court hearing next week. Citing concerns about costs, staff shortages and community opposition, administrators of the program argued in court filings this week against reforms that could accelerate the release of sex offenders from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP). The program currently holds about 720 sex offenders indefinitely at secure treatment centers in Moose Lake and St.
State officials are bracing for a federal court ruling today that could force an overhaul of Minnesota’s sex-offender treatment program, improving therapy for scores of convicted rapist and pedophiles and...
In more than 20 years of confinement for molesting young boys, Dennis R. Steiner has had 24 different therapists and has seen at least four clinical directors at the state sex offender treatment center in Moose Lake. His testimony Tuesday in a St.