Long-running Minnesota sex offender case comes to end

By |2018-08-23T16:15:51-05:00August 23rd, 2018|

A long-running class action over the constitutionality of Minnesota's civil commitment program for sex offenders has come to an end. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank on Thursday dismissed the final remaining claims. He cited a decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which overturned his earlier declaration that the program was unconstitutional because few people had ever been released from it. The U.S. Supreme Court then declined to hear the case. The dismissed claims dealt mostly with allegations of other rights violations, which had been put on hold. The judge says he stands by his conclusions that some of [...]

Senate passes bill toughening release of sex offenders

By |2018-04-23T13:37:21-05:00April 23rd, 2018|

The Minnesota Senate has approved a measure raising the bar for when sex offenders and people with mental illness can be released into communities. The legislation sponsored by Sen. Warren Limmer, a Republican from Maple Grove, easily cleared the Senate Monday. It's in response to a court decision earlier this year that allowed the discharge of Kirk Fugelseth, a 51-year-old man who admitted abusing 31 children. The court ruled he no longer needed inpatient treatment. The Department of Human Services says 21 sex offenders are living outside of state facilities on conditional release, which includes ankle location monitoring and other requirements. [...]

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