This Star Tribune series examines the consequences of a state law that requires most convicted criminals to be let out of prison after spending two-thirds of their sentences behind bars. It also looks at how many of those criminals flee supervision, become fugitives and commit new crimes.
July 25: Every year, about 1,800 convicted criminals finishing their prison sentences on supervised release become fugitives, with many committing more crimes, according to state records examined by the Star Tribune.
Aug. 8: Sometimes fugitives hide in plain sight.
Aug. 29: A small squad of Department of Corrections officers takes to the streets to catch those who have fled.
Oct. 10: Some convicts flee over and over, but state law mandates they be put on supervised release again with each new sentence.