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Sex Offender Treatment Minnesota Department of Corrections. MN DOC Mission and Vision. Our Mission    To hold offenders accountable and offer opportunities for change while restoring justice for victims and contributing to a safer Minnesota. SO Treatment by the numbers.

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Sex offender treatment minnesota department of corrections
Sex Offender TreatmentMinnesota DepartmentofCorrections

Mn doc mission and vision
MN DOC Mission and Vision

Our Mission   To hold offenders accountable and offer opportunities for change while restoring justice for victims and contributing to a safer Minnesota

So treatment by the numbers
SO Treatment by the numbers

  • Approx 1600 offenders with CSC as governing offense

  • Approximately 2500 offenders with sexual misconduct in their histories

  • Approx 900 OSO’s

  • Approx 1600 offenders with SO treatment directives

  • Typical reasons for no directive:

    • Only non-felony level SO (i.e., exposing)

    • Completed SO tx program and no subsequent SO concerns

So treatment numbers cont
SO Treatment numbers (cont)

  • 248% growth in SO’s (GSO) incarcerated in past 20 years

  • Most growth due to sentence length vs increase in incarcerations

  • New commits = approx 1% growth/yr

  • SO RV’s account for 89% of SO (GSO) population increase over past 15 yrs

Treatment beds
Treatment Beds

MCF- Lino Lakes

200 beds

MCF- Rush City

50 beds

MCF- Moose Lake


50 beds

MCF- Shakopee

8 -10 slots

MCF- Red Wing

26 beds

Programs are residential and based on limited therapeutic community models (with the exception of Shakopee which is considered outpatient).

Mcf lino lakes
MCF-Lino Lakes

  • Targeted population – Sex offender with a treatment directive

  • Length of Program – 2 – 3 years

  • Custody level – Medium

  • Minimum time to serve – 20 months

    • (30 months including SO/CD)

  • Maximum time to serve – 48 months

  • CD component – Yes

  • Lower functioning programming - Yes

  • Mcf rush city
    MCF- Rush City

    • Targeted population – Sex offender with treatment directive

    • Length of program – 1 – 2 years

    • Custody level – Close or medium (maximum on a case by case basis)

    • Minimum time to serve – 20 months

    • Maximum time to serve – 48 months

    • CD component – No (SCL program)

    • Lower functioning programming - No

    Mcf moose lake
    MCF-Moose Lake

    • Targeted population – Sex offenders who are most likely to be civilly committed

    • Length of program – 3- 5 years

    • Custody level – Medium

    • Minimum time to serve – 24 months

    • Maximum time to serve – 6 – 7 years

    • CD component – No

    • Lower functioning programming - No

    Mcf moose lake continued
    MCF-Moose Lake (continued)

    • Difference in this program

      • Participating offenders committed to the MN DOC

      • Program staffed by DHS, therefore DHS salary costs

      • Clinical supervision by DHS

    • DOC oversees all activities

    • DHS clinical staff participates in DOC clinical meetings

    Mcf shakopee
    MCF- Shakopee

    • Non-residential program

    • Targeted population – female sex offenders

    • Length of program – 1 –2 years

    • Custody level – All levels

    • Minimum time to serve – 1 – 1.5 years

    • Maximum time to serve – No limit

    • CD component – Participates in treatment following SO treatment

    Mcf red wing
    MCF-Red Wing

    • Targeted population- Failed previous residential treatment or last available placement or best treatment option

    • Length of Program – 9 months or to expiration of sentence

    • Minimum time to serve – None

    • Maximum time to serve – Expiration of sentence

    • CD component – Integrated programming

    Treatment objectives
    Treatment Objectives

    • Reduce risk by targeting “dynamic” risk factors (i.e.,)

      • Attitudes/beliefs

      • Substance abuse

      • Self management skills

      • Interpersonal skills

    • Approaches:

      • Cognitive-Behavioral

      • Skills based

      • Risk Management

      • Group and individual treatment

      • Education

    Sex offender treatment
    Sex Offender Treatment

    • New DOC SO recidivism study

      “Sex Offender Recidivism in Minnesota” April 2007


    • Since 1990, the sexual recidivism rate in Minnesota has dropped precipitously, as the three-year sexual reconviction rate for 2002 releasees was 3 percent compared to 17 percent for the 1990 releasees.

    • The reduction in sexual recidivism since 1990 is likely due, in part, to the longer and more intense post-release supervision of sex offenders.

    Minnesota department of corrections transitional programming for sex offenders

    Minnesota Department of CorrectionsTransitional Programming for Sex Offenders


    • Offenders progress through phases of treatment

      Assessment Primary Phase Transitional Phase Aftercare

    • Release planning should start at program admission

    • Re-entry services should be provided in an inside-out manner

      • Community resources are brought into the institution

      • Interagency collaboration established pre-release to promote a continuum of care

    Release planning
    Release Planning

    Release Planners in SOTP:

    • Educate and motivate offenders in the assessment phase to begin early preparation for re-entry

    • Assess and review offenders’ continuum of care needs

    • Act as a resource

    • Ensure coordinated and collaborative development of a safe continuum of care plan

    Transitions class
    Transitions Class

    • 4 - 6 months prior to release

    • 1.5 hours, 4 days per week for 12 weeks

    • Provided to all SOTP inmates (time permitting)

    Transitions class1
    Transitions Class

    Guest speakers and topics:

    • Outpatient Treatment (SO & CD)

    • Support Groups and Sponsorship

    • Halfway House Program Expectations

    • Community Notification and Registration

    • Civil Commitment Procedures

    • Housing Resources

    Guest speakers and topics cont
    Guest speakers and topics (cont.):

    • Impact of Offender Release on Victims

    • Supervision Issues & Expectations

    • Credit Counseling & Child Support

    • Parenting, Visitation & Family Reunification

    • Spirituality

    • Vocational – Educational opportunities

    Transitions class2

    Transitions Class

    Videos, class discussions and role plays:

    Money Management / Budgeting

    Morals & Values

    Time Management

    Recreation & Leisure

    Health Care

    Making Amends

    Responding to high-risk situations

    Developing a Support Network

    Family Reunification

    Communicating with Landlords

    HIV & Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    Transitions class3
    Transitions Class

    6 hour Employment Seeking Skills session

    Coordinated through institution Transitions Coordinator in the Education Department

    Provided by a contract service provider

    Transitions class4
    Transitions Class

    Support Person Education Sessions

    • Members of offenders support network (family/friends/pastors/mentors)

    • Held in institution visiting area during non-visiting days

    • Large group discussion (all offenders and guests)

    • Small group discussion (therapist, offender, & his guests)

    Support person education sessions cont
    Support Person Education Sessions (cont.)

    Large group discussion

    • Common release and adjustment issues offenders face

    • Rules and regulations of supervision

    • Community notification and registration

    • Community resources

    • Ways to be helpful as a support person

    • Commonalities of sexual offenders

    • Dynamics of sexual offending behaviors

      Small group discussion

    • The dynamics of his specific sexual offending behaviors

    • His warning signs for risk for reoffense

    • What he has learned about himself in treatment

    • Ways his support network can assist him to avoid offending

    Support person education sessions cont1
    Support Person Education Sessions (cont.)

    Sample responses from participants surveyed:

    “The session helped me to know things to look for, and what to do if things go wrong.” (mother)

    Sex offender treatment minnesota department of corrections

    “It was great! This is our third visit for a family session and I learned so much not just about (offender’s name) and what he is working on but so often I can relate to other family’s situations and so often a light bulb clicks with some of my struggles!” (mother)

    Sex offender treatment minnesota department of corrections

    “It gave my family a great deal of information and it helped to build a more supportive relationship.” (offender)

    Release planning session
    Release Planning Session helped to build a more supportive relationship.” (offender)

    • Invite Supervising Agent in to meet with offender

    • SOTP therapy staff

    • Case-manager

    • Community support people

    • Discuss treatment progress and concerns

    • Goals and recommendations for release

    • Rules & regulations of release & expectations

    Sotp release plan
    SOTP Release Plan helped to build a more supportive relationship.” (offender)

    • Offender participates in putting the plan together

    • Directed by housing placement

    • Identify resources for

      • Assistance needs (medical, financial, etc.)

      • Continuing treatment resources

      • Support Groups

      • Leisure, faith community involvement, education resources