Pawlenty: Toughen sex offender sentences
Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to double some sex offender sentences, the latest in a series of related moves over the years.
Under the plan announced Tuesday, a first-degree sex offender would be sentenced to at least 25 years, compared to 12 years now.
The Republican governor summed up his philosophy about sex offenders: "They need to be kept off the street for as long as possible."
Still, Pawlenty's plan received mixed reaction from key Democratic lawmakers.
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