Friday, November 29, 2013

MN - Sex offenders can't read local newspapers

Original Article


By Dan Linehan

ST. PETER - Sex offenders in Minnesota can order and read any newspaper they choose, except for The Free Press, the St. Peter Herald and the Moose Lake Star Gazette.

The Minnesota Sex Offender Program banned local newspapers from their facilities in St. Peter and Moose Lake in 2007, and updated the policy in August to specifically name the forbidden papers, said Nancy Johnston, the program’s executive director.

An inmate in Moose Lake mailed The Free Press a copy of the media policy with a short letter complaining about it.

Johnston said the policy was put in place to protect staff members and their families. For example, an inmate could read about a staff member’s child becoming an Eagle Scout.

Local newspapers could also print maps that could aid an inmate’s escape attempt, Johnston said.

She said the policy was not put in place because of a specific event but was an attempt to reduce the risk of one occurring. The August update of the policy was likewise not in response to anything specific.

She said she’s not sure what the inmates think about the policy; she hasn't received any complaints about it.

Local newspapers are allowed in the state’s prison system, a Department of Corrections spokesperson said.


GriffinAldjoy73 said...

This is paranoia taken to an extreme...not surprising though.

anon said...

Obviously, we should ban books next because characters in the books may be under 18. Then we should ban sex offenders from listening to the radio of some of the singers may be under 18. I guess all food establishments and grocery stores should be off limits too since children may be present. Then sex offenders watching television should be banned. IDIOTS.

Mark said...

I usually do not defend the establishment as I have become a cynic, however, this is a difficult decision because we have handled a few cases in one state with civil commitment when males got ho;d of local information and sent "dirty" letters to very young children and threatening letters also. But the map business is a little too much. If the facility is supposedly "maximum," and secure, I ask this question then: "WHAT ME WORRY?" But this is what happens when paranoia strikes deep in the minds of those in charge of these cess-pools of spurious treatment institutions that use men as lab rats to find a cure. And the only reason, and the truly only reason there is any modicum of treatment is to avoid confinement as being labeled as penal - period.