Should sex offenders that have served time for their crime be set free?

Houston County Jail
This section of the jail in Caledonia, Minn. has room for more than 30 inmates. The Houston County facility is large enough to hold more than 80 prisoners, but it stays nearly empty a large part of the time. (MPR Photo/Alex Kolyer)

"Gov. Mark Dayton has changed course on how to deal with sex offenders indefinitely detained under civil commitment.

"Dayton today directed the state Department of Human Services to oppose any future recommendations that sex offenders be released." (MPR News)

Many of the nearly 700 people in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program have joined a class-action lawsuit against the state that claims the program is unconstitutional. The program detains offenders after they complete their prison sentences because a civil proceeding has found them to still be a danger to the community.

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What is Minnesota going to do with the sex offenders who’ve already served time for their crimes, and now are being incarcerated for “treatment,” which isn’t really treatment as much as it is “keeping them off the streets for what they might do?” (NewsCut)

Bob Collins and Mary Lucia discussed the topic yesterday on The Current.

Gov. Mark Dayton letter regarding sex offenders

Today's Question: Should sex offenders that have served time for their crime be set free?