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Former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson explains the need to change the Minnesota sex offender program during a Monday night, March 11, 2013, state Senate committee meeting. With him are Sen. Kathy Sheran of Mankato, center, and Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. (Don Davis/Forum News Service)

Sex offender releases sought

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ST. PAUL -- Many Minnesotans may be perfectly happy to see sex offenders tossed behind bars, with jailers throwing away the keys.

However, a federal judge says the system Minnesota uses is so close to the throw-away-the-key philosophy that it violates the U.S. Constitution. He threatens to take action if Minnesota leaders do not fix the system.


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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.