Friday, September 28, 2007
The Public Benefits of NEXUS
Mille Lacs News
One of the most
fascinating observations I've made while looking into the NEXUS proposal has
been the ambiguity about public benefits, statistics, and quite frankly,
plans. In essence, its hard to get straight answers at the academy... no pun
So what's the real
story? Are they sex offenders or just troubled boys? Are they dangerous or
not? NEXUS has been in Onamia for 17 years. Why isn't it clear who and what
they are? And what good do they do our community?
Finally, under part d. The public benefits of the proposal section of
the abatement application, we hear from NEXUS:
will be used to accomplish a public purpose. The property will be used to
provide treatment and secondary education of juvenile males ages 10 to 19
years of age who have engaged in
harmful sexual behaviors or have committed sexual offenses."
THEY ARE SEX
referred to the program come from juvenile courts, county social service
departments, probation officers and social workers throughout Minnesota.
All of our residents have been
adjudicated as sex offenders or have committed felony level sex offences."
THEY ARE CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS!
"The Academy is
a highly structured treatment resource that serves as an alternative to
incarceration for sex offenders. It gives juvenile court judges the option
of rehabilitating those juvenile offenders who appear amenable to treatment
and removes them from communities in
which they would continue to pose a risk."
THEY ARE DANGEROUS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS!
such as this did not exist, courts would have limited options resulting in
more adolescents remaining a danger
in their communities or serving time in detention or corrections
programs not suited to their individual treatment needs."
THEY ARE DANGEROUS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS WHO HAVE BEEN DUMPED ON OUR
COMMUNITY LIKE NUCLEAR WASTE!!!
treatment approach addresses the source of the adolescent's behavior
problems and dramatically reduces the likelihood of
future victims and the accompanying
cost of adult incarceration."
Okay, okay. We finally can see that they are indeed dangerous convicted sex
offenders who have been placed in our community instead of being sent to
jail. But what in the world is the benefit to our public? Sure we keep other
counties safer by having their criminals here. But what good does this do
our own community???
Where is OUR PUBLIC BENEFIT???
The next paragraph has nothing to do with our public benefit either. It just
talks up it's program. Please be advised that there are many studies out
there with differing results. Some researchers say that there is no way to
"cure" sex offenders. Some say that programs help. There seems no definitive
Gilgen at the University of Minnesota did a study on adult sex offenders in
our state prison system and found that 70% of sex offender prisoners started
their sexual offending as a juvenile. This study points to the importance of
treating juveniles as soon as their problems can be identified, not only
because it is financially more cost effective, but because it is more cost
effective in terms of the human heartache and toll on victims and families.
Ongoing follow-up studies of Mille Lacs Academy graduates indicate that
fewer than 2 % of its residents re-offend during the three year follow up
I cannot find any information on Ms. Jill
Gilgen's supposed study on adult sex offenders in prison. Was she a student
at the University of Minnesota? Was this an undergraduate paper or perhaps
her masters' thesis? Likewise, where can we find the ongoing follow-up
studies on Mille Lacs Academy? There are no sources listed for these
To be continued...