Posted at: 10/24/2013 6:58 PM
Task Force Proposes Changes to States Sex Offender Program
(ABC 6 News) --It's a development to a story we've been following with Minnesota's Sex Offender Program.
It has been under federal heat recently and now the state is being ordered to improve how it locks up its most dangerous offenders.
This week a state task force is proposing new changes to the program following a class-action lawsuit by a group of offenders who say they are committed to the program indefinitely.
The 15 member task force which includes members in Rochester is considering major changes including discussing the creation of a new court.
The new court would determine how sex offenders are selected for commitment and when they get released.
Critics of the program say only one person has ever been released since it was created in 1994.
We spoke with a committed level 3 sex offender who tells us those inside are losing hope.
"People have been here a long time, some two to three years like me, some ten to fifteen years, and there's just no light at the end of the tunnel", says Jeff.
Minnesota has the highest number of civilly committed sex offenders per capita among the 20 states with similar programs.
The task force is expected to deliver its recommendations by December 1.
We have been investigating this issue for the past month about whether or not this program is constitutional.
Watch for that special report on ABC 6 News in November.