Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty denies that the state plans to sexual psychopaths, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The governor’s ire was sparked by an article Sunday in the Minneapolis Star Tribune headlined, “State officials look to release sex offenders.”
The article said officials at the Department of Human Services were examining ways to move some civilly committed offenders to state treatment facilities to less restrictive environments.
Star Tribune Managing Editor Scott Gillespie said the story made clear that there were no imminent plans to release sex offenders. He concluded: “In retrospect, the headline could have been more carefully worded to reflect that point.”
Said Pawlenty: “As long as I am governor of the state of Minnesota, early release of sexual predators will not happen. We haven’t proposed it. We will not propose it. And in fact we oppose it.”