Eric S. Janus

Dean Eric Janus named to sex offender civil commitment panel

William Mitchell President and Dean Eric Janus is part of a new task force that will look into the processes related to the civil commitment of sex offenders. Janus is one of 15 members named to the Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force by Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson.

Dean Janus is the author of "Failure to Protect: America’s Sexual Predator Laws and the Rise of the Preventive State" (Cornell U Press 2006).

Dean Janus is the author of “Failure to Protect: America’s Sexual Predator Laws and the Rise of the Preventive State” (Cornell U Press 2006).

The group, which will be chaired by retired Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson ‘76, has been asked to provide recommendations for the civil commitment and referral process for sex offenders, sex offender civil commitment options that are less restrictive than placement in a secure treatment facility, and the standards and processes for the reduction in custody for civilly committed sex offenders.

The task force includes current state legislators, treatment and corrections professionals, active and retired judges, and victims’ advocates. It will begin work Oct. 11 with the goal of providing its first set of recommendations for legislative proposals by Dec. 3.