Notification of an Offender’s Impending Release

The Commissioner of Corrections must send written notice of the impending release of a predatory offender to the sheriff of the county and the police chief of the city in which the inmate will reside or in which placement will be made in a work release program. This notification must occur at least 60 days before release of the offender. Minn. Stat. § 244.053, subd. 1.

The following individuals also must be notified of an offender’s impending release:

  • the sheriff of the county where the offender was convicted
  • the victim of the crime or a deceased victim’s next of kin if the victim or next of kin
    request this notice in writing
  • any witnesses who testified against the inmate in any court proceeding, if the witness
    requests the notice in writing
  • any person specified in writing by the prosecuting attorney
    The notice sent to the victim or victim’s next of kin must inform the person of the right to request and receive additional information about the offender, as authorized by the community notification law. If the victim or witness is under the age of 16, the notice required by this section shall be sent to the parents or legal guardian of the child. Minn. Stat. § 244.053, subds. 1 and 2.

CREDIT: The content of this and any related posts has been copied or adopted from the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department’s Information Brief, Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders: Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws, written by Legislative Analyst Jeffrey Diebel.

This post is also part of a series of posts on Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws Regarding Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders.