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                            CHAPTER 70-S.F.No. 1255 
                  An act relating to corrections; authorizing use of 
                  force in defense of assault in correctional facilities 
                  under the control of or licensed by the commissioner; 
                  amending Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 243.52. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 243.52, is 
        amended to read: 
           243.52 [DISCIPLINE; PREVENTION OF ESCAPE.] 
           If any inmate of any state adult correctional facility 
        either under the control of the commissioner of corrections or 
        licensed by the commissioner of corrections under section 
        241.021 assaults any correctional officer or any other person or 
        inmate, the assaulted person may use force in defense of the 
        assault.  If any inmate attempts to damage the buildings or 
        appurtenances, resists the lawful authority of any correctional 
        officer, refuses to obey the correctional officer's reasonable 
        demands, or attempts to escape, the correctional officer may 
        enforce obedience and discipline or prevent escape by the use of 
        force.  If any inmate resisting lawful authority is wounded or 
        killed by the use of force by the correctional officer or 
        assistants, that conduct is authorized under this section. 
           As used in this section, "use of force" means conduct which 
        is defined by sections 609.06 to 609.066. 
           Presented to the governor April 18, 1995 
           Signed by the governor April 19, 1995, 2:15 p.m.