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Confined at Coalinga: California sex offenders face indefinite detention

____ _____ ____, 54, is a pedophile; no one disputes that, not even his lawyer. Since the 1980s, he has been convicted three times of molesting very young girls — including his 4-year-old daughter. His crimes resulted in three years in prison.

He finished serving the last of those years in 2000. But that wasn’t the end of his incarceration. Under California law, there are two sets of punishments for sex offenders: one for the crimes they are known to have committed and one for the people the legal system believes them to be. While murderers, arsonists, robbers and other kinds of convicted criminals serve a set amount of time and are released, sex offenders are transferred to a psychiatric hospital to be held indefinitely and evaluated as sexually violent predators, or SVPs.

Under this system, due process, rule of law and proportionate punishment are set aside, as hundreds of SVPs and potential SVPs remain incarcerated for years beyond their original sentences in a state-run purgatory. After his sentence was completed, _____ spent 14 additional years locked up waiting for an evaluation. Full Article

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  1. Cool CA RC

    Some of us have held protest at this Coalinga “hospital” Maybe it time to protest again..

  2. David H

    Not wishing to sound judgmental, but I get angry because this is exactly the profile everyone is afraid of and it is exactly why the rest of us are being punished so unforgiving.

    Clearly this guy was slipping through the cracks!

  3. USA

    Well, he clearly has a control issue (3 times)?

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