Some sex offenders could go to less secure setting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials with the state’s sex offender program say six low-functioning offenders could be moved to a less restrictive setting if a court approves their transfers.

The announcement comes as state Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson faces legal pressure to reform the two-decade-old sex offender program.

In a letter to lawmakers Thursday, Jesson says officials have identified six intellectually disabled sex offenders who could be moved to a less restrictive, but secure, site in Cambridge. The move could happen next year with court approval.

Jesson says officials are also determining whether some sex offenders with medical issues could be transferred.

Jesson tells the Star Tribune the proposed move represents “steps to reform the program.” Several residents in the program are suing the state, claiming it violates their constitutional rights.

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