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ACSOL’s Online EPIC Conference: Empowered People Inspiring Change Sept 17-18, 2021


MN: How one case — and geography — dramatically affected commitments to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program

On Thanksgiving eve 2003, Dru Sjodin disappeared from the Columbia Mall parking lot in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Early evidence didn’t look promising. Investigators found the 22-year-old’s car in a parking lot with a knife sheath beside it. A few days after the disappearance, police found one of her shoes across the Red Lake River in Crookston, Minnesota, under a bypass. Sjodin’s family wasn’t giving up, but by the end of the year, police knew they were most likely looking for a body. Full Article

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Clearly this program was biased to begin with. Why not commit all offenders who use violence in committing their crimes? Chances are a drug dealer, a drunk driver, a domestic abuser or a thief would be more likely to cause murder or mayhem than someone convicted of a sex crime. In essence, they were committing the offender for a particular manner of death, not the violence itself. Yet, if all the violent offenders were on a commitment program, it would not last as long as the MSOP; it would soon bankrupt the State and have crowds of people decrying it… Read more »

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