Attorney says state won’t propose Sex Offender Program fixes

Published 3:58 pm Saturday, August 15, 2015

ST. PAUL — An attorney for the state of Minnesota says state officials won’t propose any specific remedies ahead of a Sept. 30 hearing in a lawsuit over the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank has already declared the program unconstitutional.

In the second phase he’ll consider potential remedies.

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In a strongly worded scheduling order Thursday, Frank warned that he may resort to a “more forceful solution” if state leaders aren’t willing to fix the program on their own.

In a letter to the court Friday. Deputy Attorney General Nathan Brennaman said the state still considers the program constitutional so it won’t propose any remedies. But he says the state will file a response Sept. 21 to any remedies proposed by the plaintiffs.

The program holds more than 700 offenders.