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Ex-Chief Justice Eric Magnuson discusses the Minnesota sex offender program during a Monday night, March 11, 2013, Senate committee hearing. (Photo by Don Davis, Forum News Service)

State officials seek way to release sex offenders

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ST. PAUL -- Many Minnesotans may be perfectly happy to see sex offenders tossed behind bars, with jailers throwing away the keys.

However, a federal judge says the system Minnesota uses is so close to the throw-away-the-key philosophy that it violates the U.S. Constitution. He threatens to take action if Minnesota leaders do not fix the system.

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