Project Pathfinder Provides Treatment Alternative

Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson was at the State Security Hospital Facility in St. Peter recently to promote a state bonding request to rebuild the facility. She encouraged legislators to approve the funding to help make the facility better and safer for patients and employees.

During her visit, Jesson also met with employees of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, also known as M.S.O.P. In February, a federal Judge called the Minnesota Sex Offender Program “clearly broken” and ordered it overhauled. The state has been criticized for doing too little to prove that those in its care are receiving an actual course of treatment rather than just being held indefinitely after serving their prison sentences.

Part of the controversial program is housed at the St. Peter campus.   Another section is at the state security hospital in Moose Lake. But these prison-like facilities are not Minnesota’s only option for dealing with predatory offenders.

KFAI’s Rico Morales spoke with Warren Maas who runs a nonprofit organization that is one of about twenty programs providing treatment for sex offenders.

 

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