The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 9, 2012

Our View: Sex offender program: Fix it or lose it


Lawmakers must figure out the best formula for Minnesota in providing protection but also providing more opportunities for rehabilitation. Teenage offenders who are civilly committed indefinitely especially make that a concern.

The Legislature must tackle the revamping of the sex offenders program as a bipartisan issue. Not-in-my-backyard attitudes can’t railroad the establishment of regional facilities to place offenders. If Minnesota doesn’t want to be told how to fix the problem by federal authorities, then it’s up to our lawmakers to take the action necessary to avoid that.

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