Nov 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm
A federal lawsuit filed by sex offenders at the North Dakota State Hospital says the state has favored unnecessary punishment over treatment in the 10 years since a University of North Dakota student was killed by a convicted sex offender.
The complaint filed Friday accuses the state of implementing "a policy of preventative detention" after calls for tougher laws against sex offenders after the 2003 kidnapping and killing of UND student Dru Sjodin (shuh-DEEN').
The suit was originally brought by three men classified as sexually dangerous individuals.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Klein in June assigned lawyers to file an amended complaint because she says "it appears the plaintiffs' claims may have merit."