State officials' screwup leads to violent sex offender being dropped off on Mpls street corner

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Raymond Traylor
In April, 23-year-old Raymond Traylor arrived at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. His arrival there was the result of an emergency transfer from a regional treatment center in Anoka, where he bit two staff members, groped female employees, and started fights with other patients.

When he arrived in St. Peter, a doctor, citing "his extreme aggression," asked for court permission to treat him with "as many medications as possible," and two weeks later was given permission to administer electroshock.

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Four months later, Traylor is free. The reason? According to a Star Tribune report, state officials simply missed a deadline to file his 60-day progress report, which resulted in Traylor being unceremoniously dropped off at a Minneapolis street corner nearby the Salvation Army's Harbor Light Center for homeless men and women.

As you'd expect, Hennepin County officials aren't thrilled by this news. The county attorney's office released a statement saying that Traylor "poses a danger not only to the public but also to himself... Four months into what would have been a six-month, potentially renewable, commitment, Mr. Traylor is again on the streets of Minneapolis because someone did not do their job."

A perusal of Traylor's criminal record reveals a laundry list of convictions for assault, trespassing, and drug and sex crimes, some of which occurred while he was a juvenile.

Despite the fact he was trespassed from the property just months ago, he was allowed to stay at the Harbor Lights Center after officials there learned he'd been literally dropped off at a corner with nowhere to go.

The Strib managed to interview Traylor last week. Reporter Paul McEnroe writes that he appeared "stable and coherent."

"I wasn't afraid when they dropped me off, but I did feel like I was vulnerable... they dropped me with my two bags, around the corner, and wished me good luck," Traylor said. "I've been trying to get help all week."

State officials acknowledge a screwup culminated in Traylor's release, but insist, despite all the evidence, that he doesn't post a threat.

The progress report "shouldn't have fallen between the cracks, and as a result it didn't get on the court calendar," Anne Barry, deputy commissioner of the Human Services Department, told the Strib, adding that Traylor's case is unique in her experience.

But "if we thought there was a risk, if he was dangerous, we would've asked that he be recommitted," Barry continued.

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maverick042121
maverick042121

This complete waste of DNA has assaulted multiple police officers including some in the jail he is in right now. I do agree he needs mental health help and needs to be properly medicated but I can guarantee you from dealing with him on a first hand basis that he wouldn't blink an eye at killing someone. Exact quote from this piece of garbage. "I'm gonna stab you 100 times and kill you piss on your body then rape your wife in front of your corpse." Not posing a threat. Luckily he's in custody right now but he's assaulted people there as well

Simi Lyn
Simi Lyn

I see that common sense continues to elude us.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Is everything Anne Barry is connected with all fucked up?  Or just everything about the St. Peter State Hospital?  Is there anybody in the Human Services Department wiling to publicly support Anne Barry?  

We can bicker about this and that in government, but I think we all have to admit that things work pretty well here in Minnesota, for the most part.  We don't have to agree about the purposes or objectives, but rank incompetence in Minnesota governance is pretty rare.  Rachel Paulose as US Attorney was a clownshow, and Carol Molnau as commissioner of Transportation was pretty horrendous too.  

But in general?  I can't think of any recent public official whose name is connected with worse messes than Barry, for a long time.

Allison Gumm Lester
Allison Gumm Lester

Interesting the Star Tribune hasn't jumped on investigating the inefficiencies of our State Officials.

TC4L
TC4L

Give him a hug.  Problem solved.

Dmitri Morris
Dmitri Morris

Biting and groping people with a long criminal history - no risk.

Nathan
Nathan

Ray Traylor? Is this a story about serving hard time in Cobb County, Georgia?

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Mistakes tend to happen when a prison population is overloaded with non-violent, drug, and petty crime offenders.  Also, when you privatize prisons and make them for profit, there is an incentive to turn this country into an even larger police state.

nobig
nobig

So a highly medicated homeless violent sex offender is loose on the streets of minneapolis, big deal. 

meesh427
meesh427

Since Anne Barry (deputy commissioner of the Human Services Department )doesn't think he is dangerous, she should let him stay in her house with her.  Oh wait, I bet she'd change her tune if that was suggested.  I tend to agree with the county attorney's office here.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@k2yeb Just a little note, the sex offender units are segregated from the general prison population and run by the state of MN.

yoopie93
yoopie93

@nobig   I personally am much more concerned with intolerant shitheads who somehow produce enough brain power with the limited intellect they have to type on their computers and troll websites.  They are the true threat to society, what with their polluting our gene pools and taking up so much computer bandwidth to spew their idiotic vitriol and take precious seconds from our lives when we read their comments.  

_Joe_
_Joe_

@CinBlueland @k2yeb Not to mention the facility in St Peter is a mental health hospital with a secure wing for patients that need it.


Not a prison at all.

kennyX
kennyX

@yoopie93 Wow. I see both of you have been posting here all day. It must be nice to not have to work and collect a Government check.

yoopie93
yoopie93

Yep, the guy who keeps typing the n word in every post is calling me a bigot. You know that anyone reading this sees you as a lackwit piece of garbage, right? You are the donkey and I am the whip. When will you learn?

yoopie93
yoopie93

@nobig @yoopie93   Because you are mentally disabled, and you need to be mocked for the special ed case that you are.  Note that I don't hate all disabled people--just you.

yoopie93
yoopie93

@nobig @yoopie93   Veeeerrrry good, special ed.  You've learned how to type like a big boy!  Woops, your drool cup is getting a little full--better let me empty it for you.  Wanna watch some cartoons?  Yeah, you like cartoons, don't you?  I know you won't understand what that Spongebob guy is doing, but it's okay--you like bright colors!  Now take your sippy cup and let the grown-ups talk about adult things, okay?

nobig
nobig

@yoopie93 @nobig you sound cute. do you want to meet in real life? i know a great bed and breakfast in stillwater…franken goes there. 

yoopie93
yoopie93

@nobig @yoopie93   That's the kind of comment I've been waiting for from you, special ed!  Thanks for not letting me down.  And no, even if I were gay, I would fuck every species of fauna and flora (those are big words that mean plants and animals) on this earth before I'd even give you a look.  But I'm sure the guys you hit up on the gay chatrooms are up for a meeting with you.  And when you're done with that, you can go online and leave messages about how gay everyone else is!  That's just how you troll, right special ed?

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