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Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force releases report

December 02, 2013

The Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force, chaired by former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, submitted final recommendations (PDF) to Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and the U.S. District Court on Monday, Dec. 2, after a thorough review of major issues concerning the civil commitment of sex offenders. The commissioner appointed the task force to make legislative recommendations under an order from the U.S. District Court.

The task force held 20 public meetings over a 14-month period.

The recommendations covered three areas:

  • The civil commitment and referral process for sex offenders
  • Sex offender civil commitment options that are less restrictive than placement in a secure treatment facility
  • The standards and processes for the reduction in custody of civilly committed sex offenders.

The task force’s first report in December 2012 (PDF) addressed less restrictive alternatives for civil commitment.

As the final recommendations were released, Commissioner Jesson thanked the task force members for their hard work on these complex and difficult issues.

“Combined with their first set of recommendations last year, they have given us much to consider as we move forward on this issue,” she said in a memo to legislators.


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