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Apprehending juvenile escapees

Published (3/13/2009)
By Mike Cook
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Law enforcement personnel can forcibly enter a home without permission to apprehend an adult that has escaped from custody or violates their release status.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing) would give the same permission to catch juvenile escapees or violators.

The House Public Safety Policy and Oversight Committee held HF1021 over March 5 for possible omnibus bill inclusion. Awaiting action by the full Senate is its companion, SF534, sponsored by Sen. Steve Murphy (DFL-Red Wing).

“If an adult either violates their release status or escapes from an institution or walks away from an institution, a felony warrant is issued for their arrest,” said Cari Gerlicher, director of the Department of Corrections’ Office of Special Investigations. “If a juvenile who’s been adjudicated delinquent and is committed to the commissioner of corrections and violates a furlough release status or escapes from the secure custody at the facility at Red Wing, the warrant issued for their arrest is a gross misdemeanor.”

However, a gross misdemeanor warrant does not permit officers to use forcible entry into a home to return the juvenile to custody, unless they are in fresh pursuit.

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