Many residents of Cambridge, Minn. are upset about a state plan to house civilly committed sex offenders.
Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson wants to transfer six offenders with special needs from a compound in St. Peter, Minn. to a remodeled, lower-security building in the central Minnesota town.
The move comes as a federal class action suit charges sex offenders committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program are held in prison-like facilities that are more restrictive than necessary.
Cambridge's state representative, Republican Brian Johnson, says Jesson shouldn't change the sex offender program until a judge orders her to. He says the Cambridge facility is an inappropriate and possibly dangerous place to house sex offenders because it's adjacent to a park and near a school.
In a letter to the Cambridge city administrator, Jesson said her department has developed a basic framework for the new Cambridge facility but wants to complete it with community input.
The state has scheduled public meetings on the subject Tuesday in Cambridge.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the location of the compound where the offenders are currently housed. The story has been updated with the correct location.