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Sex offender could be freed from Minnesota program

Published 03/03/2011, Grand Forks Herald

Locking up sex offenders beyond their prison sentences seemed like a good idea to many states back when they had the money to get tough on predators. But as lawmakers across the country struggle to balance state budgets, a Minnesota inmate’s request to go free has reopened the debate about the costs and legal wisdom of civil commitment programs for sex offenders.

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