Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thanks for the donation, Chris!

I know he cannot see it, but I want to thank him for sending me $20 in support of my efforts. I was thinking about that today when I wrote an article on my other blog about how so many people affected by these laws are apathetic to the cause. Chris shared with me he has given what he could in support of programs he feels benefits society. Enclosed in his letter was three such programs: the National Death Row Assistance Network of CURE, the Coalition for Prisoners' Rights, and the Judicial Process Commission, who all offered thank you letters.

Chris said, "I'm not poor but I am a generous person." Like me, he bartered items for stamps to send such donations. I think we forget how valuable that is sometimes.

As an added bonus, here is an article on another center for sex offenders in MN:

http://kstp.com/printStory.cfm?id=1653068

Tracking Your Money: State Nursing Home for Sex Offenders Sits Empty for Year

Updated: 07/14/2010 10:41 PM KSTP.com By: Katie Lynn

State Nursing Home for Sex Offenders Sits Empty for YearThe state of Minnesota spent nearly $10 million taxpayer dollars to build a nursing home for convicted sex offenders a state of the art, secured facility, but there's one very big problem; The new nursing home for committed sex offenders in St. Peter has sat unused for a year, because the building hasn't passed state inspection.

The building was finished last July and a ribbon cutting was held in October, but final inspections of the building hadn't taken place.

Nearly nine months later, the needed repairs still haven't been done. A hallway is too narrow, handrails and faucets are set at the wrong height and a fire alarm system locks doors instead of opening them in the event of a fire, says inspection reports. Dozens of other problems are listed in the inspections.

Meanwhile, taxpayers have had to heat and cool the empty building for a year, costing more than $5,000.

The 15 sex offenders who were supposed to be moved to the new facility are being housed in another building on the St. Peter campus. Eventually, the state says the 48-bed facility will be filled to capacity.

Our 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Investigation has caught the attention of lawmakers. As a result, the St. Peter Project will be front and center at a legislative hearing later this summer.