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Wayne Clements, a client at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in Moose Lake: "I believe that I needed to be punished for what I did, but the punishment should suit the crime. And I believe the state of Minnesota took 20 years of my life that they didn't have coming. If they would have incarcerated me for five years, I would consider that to be justice. But seeing as I never raped anybody, never molested any children, never attempted to rape nobody, never attempted to molest children, they took too many ...

Should sex offenders ever be released?

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To better understand why so few people have progressed in treatment through the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, the News Tribune interviewed seven clients who have been committed to MSOP in Moose Lake.


All expressed scorn for the treatment that MSOP provides and said they believe they should be released, though they had little hope of that ever happening. Here are three of their stories:

Wayne Clements

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