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Standoff over MSOP at a critical juncture

After years of inactivity punctuated by sporadic talks at the Legislature, the issue of Minnesota’s civil commitment of the sexually dangerous seems to be coming to a head. The question now is whether a judge will intervene to force changes in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program before the 2014 Legislature even convenes.

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Lawsuits underscore MSOP’s legal jeopardy

In June Joseph Thompson, a civilly committed sex offender, filed a 57-page complaint on his own behalf in U.S. District Court alleging that the conditions of his confinement are unconstitutional. Thompson cited strip searches, confiscation of personal property and inadequate medical care as evidence that his confinement at a facility in Moose Lake is illegal.

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Conferees approve bonding bill spreadsheet — without Moose Lake money

Capital Investment Committee conferees from the House and Senate approved a $999.9 million spreadsheet for the 2010 omnibus bonding bill at around 1:00 a.m. today. And, as described in this overnight release from the House's Session Daily, the package omits Gov. Tim Pawlenty's number one bonding priority: $90 million in funding for an expansion of the Moose Lake sex offender confinement facility.

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