An expensive policy From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune Here’s a radical idea for Minnesota lawmakers concerned about the unsustainable costs of the state’s sex-offender program. Instead of complaining about it, do something about it.
Per capita, Minnesota locks up more sex offenders after their prison sentences than any other state. It spends $64.9 million a year holding 552 offenders under civil commitment laws — a population that’s almost quadrupled in nine years. If the commitment rate continues, a 400-bed expansion of the Moose Lake facility that opened in 2009 will be full by the end of 2012, meaning an expensive addition will be needed. ‘Our primacy in the world’ From the Las Vegas Sun In a meeting with governors, President Barack Obama called for strengthening the nation’s school system. He outlined several sound ideas to improve education, including raising standards. America, he said, had to do better to compete in the world.
Obama said that during a visit to South Korea last year, he was told it was that country’s intent to educate its children to do better than American children.
“That’s what we’re up against,” Obama said. “That’s what’s at stake, nothing less than our primacy in the world. As I said at the State of the Union address, I do not accept a United States of America that’s second place.”
President Barack Obama