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Predatory Offender Statutory Framework Working Group

Active dates:2021 -

The working group must examine and assess the predatory offender registration (POR) laws, including, but not limited to, the requirements placed on offenders, the crimes for which POR is required, the method by which POR requirements are applied to offenders, and the effectiveness of the POR system in achieving its stated purpose. Governmental agencies that hold POR data shall provide the working group with public POR data upon request. The working group is encouraged to request the assistance of the state court administrator's office to obtain relevant POR data maintained by the court system.

The commissioner shall file a report detailing the working group's findings and recommendations with the chairs and ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate committees and divisions having jurisdiction over public safety and judiciary policy and finance by January 15, 2022.


By September 1, 2021, the commissioner of corrections shall convene a working group to comprehensively assess the predatory offender statutory framework.


The commissioner shall fully coordinate with the commissioner of public safety to invite and convene a working group that includes members that have specific expertise on juvenile justice and representatives from city and county prosecuting agencies, statewide crime victim coalitions, the Minnesota judicial branch, the Minnesota Board of Public Defense, private criminal defense attorneys, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Human Services, the Sentencing Guidelines Commission, and state and local law enforcement agencies. The commissioner may also invite other interested parties to participate in the working group. The commissioner shall ensure that the membership of the working group is balanced among the various representatives and reflects a broad spectrum of viewpoints, and is inclusive of marginalized communities as well as victim and survivor voices. The commissioners of corrections and public safety shall each designate one representative to coordinate and provide technical expertise to the working group.

The following individuals serve on the working group: 

  • Stacy Bettison (co-chair), Attorney, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers;
  • Sheriff Troy Heck (co-chair), Benton County Sheriff’s Office/MN Sheriff’s Association; 
  • Angela Kiese (co-chair), Assistant Attorney General, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office;
  • Nicole Matthews, Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition/Victim Service Organization Representative;
  • Patty Wetterling, Child Advocate, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center;
  • Brian Heinsohn, Risk Assessment Supervisor, RA/CN Unit, MN Dept of Corrections;
  • Renee Meerkins, Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation;
  • Rep. Kelly Moller;
  • Rep. Marion O'Neill;
  • Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen; 
  • Katrinna Dexter, Director of Juvenile Justice Reform, Minnesota Department of Corrections; 
  • Katie Meiers, Program Administrator, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension – Predatory Offender Registration Unit; 
  • Josh Florell, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension – Predatory Crimes Unit; 
  • Nate Reitz, Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission; 
  • Sherry Schultz, Citizen Representative, City of Victoria; 
  • Jannine Hebert, Clinical Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Sex Offender Program; 
  • Jim Fleming, Attorney, Board of Public Defense;
  • Karen Kampa Jaszewski, Senior Attorney, Legal Counsel Division - State Court Administrator’s Office; 
  • Lt. Jeremy Cossette, White Earth Tribal Police; 
  • Shane Baker, Kandiyohi County Attorney; 
  • Mike Tusken, Chief of Police City of Duluth; 
  • Sonita King, Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage;
  • Chris Nelson, Attorney, Eckberg Lammers Attorneys at Law; 
  • Sarah Colford, Break the Silence, Survivor; and
  • Anishaa Kamesh, Break the Silence, Survivor
Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
Predatory Ofender Statutory Framework Working Group. DOC Hotline, September 2021, vol. 48, iss. 7.
Decades after Wetterling abduction, a growing push to take juveniles off state's predatory registry. Star Tribune, 3/17/2021.
Overview of Predatory Offender Statutory Framework (POR) Working Group. Minnesota Department of Corrections, 2021.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2021.
Record last updated: 02/04/2022

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