The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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December 18, 2013

Judge weighs merits of sex offender program

Lawyer for offenders says program "shocks the conscience"


"When I got committed right out of juvie, I essentially thought my life was over," Bolte said. "I thought I was going to die here, I thought there was no chance."

Bolte said he no longer has the desire to abuse anyone. But he said that's because of his own personal growth, not because of any treatment he received at Moose Lake.

"For me, the program really hasn't done me much good," he said. "I think in order to have real treatment, you need to have a situation that fosters a sense of hope, a sense there is an end to this and you're going to be able to go live a normal productive life. And I think that the environment we're in does not contribute to that kind of atmosphere, that kind of mentality, that there is hope."

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