Minnesota lawmakers are confronting the spiraling price of confining the state’s most dangerous sex offenders after prison by sticking county governments with some of the tab, reports the Associated Press. A new state law affecting the once politically untouchable program reflects how lawmakers are trying to force local officials find cheaper ways to manage risky sex criminals. Counties will pay 25 percent of the cost for each offender they send to a secure state treatment program, up from 10 percent.
The changed is expected to save the state $2 million over two years. Rep. Jim Abeler says he hopes the change makes counties think twice about sending sex offenders to the $70 million-a-year program, which treats more than 600 offenders. County prosecutors say they won’t ease up and predict increased costs will fall to property taxpayers.