Panel seeks reforms for handling state's sex offenders

Minnesota could better use technology to monitor sex offenders once they're released to the community, members of a task force said Thursday, the Star Tribune reports. The panel is trying to come up with reforms for the state's costly and controversial system for civilly committing sex offenders to treatment lockups after prison.
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Minnesota could better use technology to monitor sex offenders once they're released to the community, members of a task force said Thursday, the Star Tribune reports. The panel is trying to come up with reforms for the state's costly and controversial system for civilly committing sex offenders to treatment lockups after prison.

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