The End-of-Confinement Review Committee
An end-of-confinement review committee is responsible for determining an offender’s risk level, which in turn determines the level of community notification that will occur. The end-of-confinement review committee is a standing committee at each state correctional facility and at each state treatment facility where predatory offenders are confined. The committee is appointed by the Commissioner of Corrections or Human Services, as appropriate, and consists of the following:
- the chief executive officer or head of the correctional or treatment facility where the offender is currently confined, or the person’s designee
- a law enforcement officer
- a treatment professional who is trained in the assessment of predatory offenders
- a caseworker experienced in supervising predatory offenders
- a victim services professional
These committee members serve two-year terms. The chief executive officer or head of the facility or designee acts as chair of the committee. Minn. Stat. § 244.052, subd. 3.
In most cases, the Commissioner of Corrections must convene the end-of-confinement review committee at least 90 days before a predatory offender is released from confinement. However, there are three exceptions:
- If the offender is received for confinement with fewer than 90 days remaining in his or her sentence, the offender’s risk is assessed at the first regularly scheduled end-of-confinement review committee that meets after the committee receives the documentation necessary to conduct the risk assessment. The Commissioner of Corrections must make reasonable efforts to ensure that the offender’s risk is assessed and a risk level is assigned or reassigned at least 30 days before the offender’s release date.
- If the offender is subject to a mandatory life sentence, then the end-of-confinement review committee must meet at least nine months before the offender’s minimum term of imprisonment has been served. If the offender is received for confinement in a facility with less than nine months remaining in his or her sentence, then the committee must follow the procedure described in (1) above, to the extent practicable.
- If the offender is granted supervised release, the offender’s previously determined risk level must be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled end-of-confinement review. The Commissioner of Corrections must make reasonable efforts to ensure that the offender’s risk level is received and a risk level is either confirmed or reassigned at least 60 days before the offender’s release date.
Minn. Stat. § 244.052, subd. 3, para. (d).
The offender receives notice and has a right to appear and present information at the meeting. In addition, the law enforcement agency responsible for the charge resulting in the offender’s confinement is notified of the time and place of the meeting. The law enforcement agency may provide written material relevant to the offender’s risk level to the chair of the committee. Minn. Stat. § 244.052, subd. 3, para. (d), item (i).
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.