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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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  1. Mary Devoy

    This article is from 2011, so not new information.

  2. COOL CA RC

    Someone didn’t do their homework!!

  3. j

    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?!

  4. David Kennerly

    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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