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Protracted Minnesota Sex Offender Program suit comes to end
"MINNEAPOLIS — A long-running class-action lawsuit over the constitutionality of Minnesota's civil commitment program for sex offenders effectively ended Thursday when a federal judge dismissed the remaining claims but stood by his earlier statements that some revelations during the six-week trial shock his conscience.
U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank cited a 2017 decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which overturned his 2015 declaration that the program was unconstitutional because few people had ever been released from the program since began in the mid-1990s. The U.S. Supreme Court last October declined to hear the case, letting the 8th Circuit's ruling stand and the program to continue operating as it was.
The Minnesota Sex Offender Program currently confines over 720 sex offenders who have finished their prison sentences to secure treatment facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter. Lawyers who filed the class-action lawsuit in 2011 argued that commitment to the program was tantamount to a life sentence because hardly anyone up to that point had ever been released from it. However, the pace of provisional discharges has picked up since the trial ended."
Star-Tribune (MN), August 24, 2018
Oregon man pleads guilty to groping 13-year-old girl on American Airlines flight
"Authorities arrested Chad Cameron Camp when his flight from Dallas touched down at Portland International Airport on June 15 — after he spent a bulk of the trip inappropriately touching an unaccompanied teen girl seated next to him."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, January 20, 2017.
Maple Leaf Gardens predator Gordon Stuckless gets 6 years in prison
"Gordon Stuckless, who has also been convicted of two additional charges of gross indecency linked to two of the 18 victims, was given credit of six months for time served under house arrest, which means his sentence is reduced to six years."
The Canadian Press, June 9, 2016.
Oklahoma man convicted of raping unconscious former classmate re-arrested for being too close to a school
"Tristen Killman-Hardin, now a 20-year-old registered sex offender who only served two of his 10-year sentence for the rape, was arrested Wednesday for lurking near Norman North High School, the Norman Transcript reported."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 4, 2016.
Convicted sex offender jailed after violating probation, again
"A Pequea Township man convicted of child sex abuse in 2014 will serve another prison term for breaking court orders for a second time.
Frederick Townsend, 57, will serve 18 months to 3 years in state prison after pleading guilty to felony violations of Megan's Law."
www.pennlive.com, September 19, 2016.
Convicted paedophiles in Macedonia face chemical castration
"Macedonia's parliament has adopted a bill imposing chemical castration on repeat offenders convicted of sexually abusing children – but the country's leading child protection group says the law is still too lenient."
www.theguardian.com, February 5, 2014.
Child rapist released after nearly 27 years in custody, judge blasts psychologist
" A child rapist who had been locked up for nearly three decades was released last week by a jury after the state relied on a "rubber stamp" expert who enraged the judge with a witness stand stunt.
William Fields, 53, who had been in custody about 27 years — serving two decades in state prison before he was sent to a state psychiatric center for sex offenders — was the subject of a recent hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 14, 2016.
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Center for Sex Offender Management
c/o Center for Effective Public Policy
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 720
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 589-9383
A project of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
Movement Against Kindred Offenders, Inc.
P.O Box 424
Elizabeth S.A 5112
Phone: 04 1976 2286
A not-for-profit community organisation in Australia which offers assistance and referrals for victims of sex crimes and runs a national prevention campaign
U.S. Dept. of Justice Office of Sex Offender
Sentencing, Monitoring & Tracking
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
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