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Changes to MSOP policies

Published (5/13/2010)
By Lauren Radomski
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Changes are in store for the transfer, temporary discharge and release of people civilly committed to facilities under the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

A new law modifies the statute that governs treatment of sexually dangerous persons and sexual psychopathic personalities. Sponsored by Rep. Terry Morrow (DFL-St. Peter) and Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick), the law does the following:

• describes procedures for notifying a victim of a pending petition for commitment, provisional discharge, discharge or temporary release of a sexually dangerous person or sexual psychopathic personality, as well as the victim’s right to submit a written statement;

• prohibits a person committed as a sexually dangerous person or sexual psychopathic personality from being transferred, provisionally discharged or discharged without a hearing and the approval of a judicial appeal panel and special review board;

• sets grounds for revocation of provisional discharge, as well as procedures for appeal;

• outlines the responsibilities of MSOP for providing supervision, aftercare and case management for sexually dangerous persons and sexual psychopathic personalities after release; and

• gives the Department of Human Services responsibility for placing an individual on a judicial hold due to a petition for civil commitment as a sexually dangerous person or sexual psychopathic personality in the appropriate secure treatment facility.

Signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty May 10, the law takes effect Aug. 1, 2010.

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