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blog post by John Hoff
With the Minnesota Department of Corrections website down, as reported yesterday, individuals living in the most crime-plagued neighborhood of Minnesota are unable to obtain info in convenient and useful form about MN DOC inmates and, more importantly, fugitives and criminals who are on supervised probation.
The MN DOC website does contain some compilations of information, even in its present "down for maintenance" status, but that information is inferior in content and inconvenient in form compared to what was there previously. Given the notorious unresponsiveness of MN DOC, there is no telling when that website will be back up, whether it's going to be hours or months.
One neighbor emailed me today and complained about an inability to obtain MN DOC info Gregory Beauchamp Washington, who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old in a church choir while he was the director of that choir. The rape happened in Plymouth but Beauchamp was...
...a contract music teacher at three different schools in North Minneapolis. As reported back in 2009 in the STrib (home of the most annoying pop up advertisements in all of journalism) nobody with the school district ran a required criminal background check on Washington before he was hired.
Incredibly, Washington had been convicted of a similar crime in the late 1990s in St. Paul, ALSO involving a 15-year-old girl. During THAT incident, Washington was the music director of Zion Baptist Church in North Minneapolis.
One of my readers went to the MN DOC website to learn the current status of Washington and was unable to do so. The reader then wrote to me as follows:
* Quote in headline is actually a paraphrase