State officials consider transferring sex offenders


Six low functioning sex offenders could be moved to a less restrictive setting if a court approves their transfers.

State Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson made the announcement in a letter to lawmakers. Jesson has been facing legal pressure to reform the sex offender program.

The Associated Press reports that officials have identified six intellectually disabled offenders who could be moved to a less restrictive site in Cambridge.

It would remain a secure location, and the move could happen within the next year if the court approves.

Last month, lawyers filed motions, on behalf of 600 sex offenders, asking a federal judge to declare the program unconstitutional. A hearing on that matter has been scheduled for November 15th.

In the letter, Jesson says that officials are also trying to determine if sex offenders with medical issues could be transferred.

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