As the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported today, former Governor Tim Pawlenty’s confidant and commissioner of Human Services, Cal Ludeman, secretly edited a report on Minnesota’s sex offender treatment to reflect Pawlenty’s views. The report, which was delivered to legislators in the final days of the previous administration, was heavily edited to reflect the former governor’s skepticism about the effectiveness of treatment and to delete arguments for expanded community resources for offenders. The Star Tribune found more than 35 redactions in 63 pages, including the deletion of complete paragraphs describing community treatment strategies.
In response to this news, DFL State Senator Kathy Sheran and State Representative Terry Morrow spoke to the Capitol Press Corps today to harshly criticize Ludeman’s actions — and a lack of transparency, in general, shown by the Pawlenty administration. “Unfortunately,” said Morrow, “this doesn’t surprise me.”