Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Minnesota's Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment Program Ruled Unconstitutional Because No One EVER Gets Out. Judge Donovan Frank says, "The Constitution protects individual rights even when they are unpopular" AND "Politics or Political Pressures Cannot Trump the Fundamental Rights" of Those in the Program!

Judge Donovan Franks 76 page ruling:  
Order: A Remedies Phase pre-hearing conference on August 10, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. and Phase Two of the trial will begin 

What's next for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program? June 18, 2015

Program under scrutiny has St. Cloud-area sex offenders (MN), June 18, 2015

Dru Sjodin's mother calls Minnesota sex offender ruling 'disheartening', June 18, 2015

Judge to Minnesota: Fix program or sex offenders may be released, June 17, 2015

[Texas Governor] Abbott signs sex offender reforms after Minnesota program declared unconstitutional, June 17, 2015

Judge Rules Minnesota Sex Offender Program Unconstitutional, June 17, 2015 

Minnesota sex offender program unconstitutional, judge rules, June 17, 2015

Sex offender program in Minnesota violates U.S. Constitution, judge rules, June 17, 2015

Federal judge: Minnesota sex offender program unconstitutional, June 17, 2015

The Latest on Minnesota sex offender ruling: Governor says no immediate changes to program, June 17, 2015
Minnesota Sex Offender Program: Public safety or public policy? June 16, 2015
Ten factors in favor of federal court intervention. (A decision is imminent.) 

Judge could force Minnesota lawmakers to overhaul sex offender program, June 14, 2015

Federal judge to rule on future of Minnesota Sex Offender Program, June 13, 2015

U.S. judge will decide this week if state can continue to confine sex offenders indefinitely. 

Cato Institute Series: Civil Commitments and Civil Liberties
Lead Essay:
Questionable Commitments, June 1, 2015
                By Galen Baughman

Response Essays:
Our Deeply Flawed Civil Commitment System, June 3, 2015
                By David Prescott
The Rise of the Preventative State, June 5, 2015
                By Eric Janus
Let’s Stamp Out Perversion, June 9, 2015
                By Amanda Pustilnik

Judge To Rule June 17 On Minnesota Sex Offender Program, June 9, 2015

Why an impending ruling on Minnesota's sex offender program may force lawmakers to convene a special session, April 24, 2015

Science reporter delves into shadowy realm of civil commitment, May 3, 2015

These 10 Questions Can Mean Life Behind Bars, April 22, 2015
A short checklist called the Static-99 weighs facts about a sex offender’s past in order to predict the likelihood of future crimes. Many legal and scientific experts worry that the way the test is often used — to make high-stakes decisions about an individual’s liberty — is critically flawed.

Minnesota lawmakers can’t agree on how to fix the state’s sex offender program, April 1, 2015

Reforms are taking hold in Minnesota's sex offender program, officials testify, March 5, 2015
State defends its programming in trial challenging treatment center’s constitutionality. 

How Do Our Neighboring States Handle Sex Offenders? (MN), February 26, 2015

Should sex offenders still be in custody? Officials say they don't know (MN), February 26, 2015
Administrators said program lacks the staff and funding to determine if certain sex offenders should be released.

Locked Up At 15, Sex Offender Calls His Treatment ‘A Sham’ (MN), February 19, 2015

Sex offender in MN program: 'You know you're going to die there', February 19, 2015

Experts Testify In MN Sex Offender Program Trial, February 19, 2015

State grilled over stalled changes to sex offender program (MN), February 13, 2015

Lawsuit Could Change Minnesota’s Sex Offender Program, February 8, 2015

Constitutional Test for Minnesota Sex Offender Program, February 8, 2015

US Dist. Court will consider legality of MN's sex offender program, February 7, 2015

Judge sides with Minnesota sex offenders, February 6, 2015