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Duvall’s attorney disputed that claim, arguing Duvall was “on the doorstep” of the MSOP’s St. Peter facility and had no reason to suspect that further legal action was in store when he destroyed the logs.
Human Services does not have a uniform policy on whether sex offenders should keep their personal journals, Bensontestified.
“Some clients [at MSOP] find journaling to be quite therapeutic and it’s encouraged by their treatment teams that they do so,” Benson said. “Other clients don’t. That’s partly why we don’t have some kind of uniform policy — it’s because we are required to do individual treatment.”
Human Services officials said MSOP makes secure shredding bins available to clients at Moose Lake and St. Peter. Some bins are directly accessible to clients; some are not. Clients can give documents to staff members to place in bins, and staffers do not routinely examine the documents before shredding, officials said.
The panel is expected to rule this summer on whether to impose sanctions against Duvall for destruction of the logs. An evidentiary hearing on his proposed discharge is set for September.
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