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A panel tells a Senate committee Monday night, March 11, 2013, about the need to change the way Minnesota deals with sex offenders, From left are former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, Sen. Kathy Sheran of Mankato and Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Minnesota officials seek way to release sex offenders

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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.
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