Minnesota predatory offender laws have been created in order for the public to be provided adequate notice and information about predatory offenders who have been or are about to be released from custody. Residents who partner with their local police department are better able to develop constructive plans to educate themselves and their family members for the offender’s release.
The public risk posed by a predatory offender is assessed by a committee of experts, after which the offender is given a risk level by the Department of Corrections. Information about the offender, including their risk level, is sent to the local law enforcement agency having primary jurisdiction over the area in which the offender plans to reside. The assigned risk level determines to whom law enforcement may disclose information to.
The Community Notification Law can be an empowering tool. As previously stated, it allows law enforcement agencies to inform their residents. Information helps residents be aware, be cautious and be safe. This information is not intended to cause undue fear or inappropriate actions such as harassing the offender.