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Task force to examine Minn. sex offender program

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal magistrate has ordered Minnesota to create a task force to explore less-restrictive custody options for sex offenders in the state's civil commitment program who rarely go free under the current system.

Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan issued the order Wednesday in a class-action lawsuit filed by sex offenders in the program, which allows the state to hold sex offenders beyond their prison sentences indefinitely if they're considered dangerous.

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