MN - Sex Offenders
Doug Barrett | Oct 3, 2017 AT 7:42 am
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to continue reforms to the state's civil commitment program for sex offenders.
Dayton issued a statement Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case, meaning that an appeals court decision declaring the program constitutional will stand.
The Democratic governor says that while the program has been deemed constitutional, it doesn't mean that ongoing reforms will be abandoned. He says the ruling will allow the state to continue reforms rather than operate under a federal directive.
Last session, Dayton proposed $18.4 million in new funding to improve facilities and staffing. He says he is urging lawmakers to join him in funding continued reforms.