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VA: Cost of sex offender program shocks lawmakers

Lawmakers expressed shock Friday over the exponentially rising cost of a program to keep some sex offenders locked up after they complete their criminal sentences. The annual operating cost of Virginia’s Sexually Violent Predator Program is projected to hit $32 million next year – more than a tenfold increase in eight years.

The General Assembly created the program in 1998 to keep sex offenders deemed likely to re-offend off the streets after they finish their criminal sentences. The process is known as civil commitment. Full Article

Note: Article is from 2011. ooops. ***Moderator***

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This article is from 2011, so not new information.

Someone didn’t do their homework!!

If this shocks them, it proves how stupid they were/are for rubber stamping the cost of the law in the fervor to get it passed. It is only years later that they actually become aware of the financials?!

I don’t know what the costs are currently for the California program at Coalinga, but some years ago, when I was running the numbers, the costs were in excess of a $quarter-million/year per “hosprisoner”, far less than in Virginia.

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