Criminologists, law professors and civil liberty groups have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, in part because of MSOP’s standing as one of the most punitive programs in the nation.
Those who’ve advocated reforming MSOP fear the ruling has killed any impetus to do something about the controversial program.
The state faces a delicate balancing act in dealing with those expected to be released from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, which a federal judge has ruled unconstitutional.
The governor and his administration have always been in a tough spot with MSOP. Yet as the legal fight has dragged on, Dayton’s tone regarding the controversial program has changed.
The 57-year-old attorney took an unconventional path into law. And now he finds himself at the center of a lawsuit that could upend the way the state deals with its most dangerous sex offenders.
The state has already prepared an argument against adopting any changes to MSOP, reasoning that funding — and public opposition — means it would be unrealistic to do so.
U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank has ordered lawmakers back to his courtroom on Sept. 30 to propose fixes to the program.
Lawmakers emerged from a Monday meeting with federal judge Donovan Frank about as far apart on fixes to the troubled program as when they walked in.
At the center of the controversy over MSOP is the story of Dru Sjodin — and an ambiguous and unevenly applied civil commitment law.
U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank’s ruling didn’t direct the state to release any offenders. But it’s clear big changes are on the horizon.
In the ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank laid out 16 conditions that lawmakers and the state must meet in order to satisfy his concerns with the program.
Attempts to address problems with MSOP have once again stalled in the Legislature, despite all expectations that a federal judge is about to declare the program unconstitutional.
The opening day of a class-action lawsuit is the latest phase in a years-long fight to make changes to the controversial program.
A class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the program will begin early next year, even while lawmakers try to find a legislative fix.
Citing legal concerns, U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank declined to take immediate action in the cases of two individuals who experts say are not receiving the proper treatment.
What you need to know about the state’s most embattled program.
Minnesota Sex Offender Program comes under fire from experts about how it treats those who committed offenses as juveniles.
Experts testified Monday that the man at the center of a class action against the MSOP never should have been admitted to the prison-like facility.
In the wake of a federal judge’s ruling, a court-appointed panel has recommended the release of one client, with more likely to follow.
Despite stern warnings from a federal judge to fix the program’s problems, talks to revamp the system have buckled — again — under political pressure.