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TX: Mentally ill offender to stay in treatment program officials say he cannot understand

At the state’s home for sex predators, the Billy Clayton Center, the word “detention” has been removed from the facility sign. – The Texas Civil Commitment Office will create a special mental health treatment program for one man at a West Texas lockup after losing a fight with the state health department over which agency should house and treat a felon it says is too ill to benefit from – or even understand – the sex offender treatment he has been ordered to undergo. Full Article

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Most of the article is behind a subscription wall. Though if someone can’t understand the treatment they are ordered to undergo then why keep the person in treatment? Also when “mental illness” is thrown around I wonder who exactly has this man’s best interest in mind? Lastly he was convicted in 1970. What kind of justification would there be for having treatment that someone can’t understand still continue after 46 years. Seems like this is cruel and unusual punishment or perhaps torture. Even 15 years would be too long and for most people any kind of treatment lasting beyond a certain time begins to be more harmful than helpful.

I’m trying to find a better link to this article. I did find this info though about how this place first was purchased. The beginnings of this center’s civil commitment activities. Not that important, but helps with our knowledge about how these places come about. It’s all about the money…..

http://www.kcbd.com/story/15170332/littlefield-prison-sells-at-auction-for-6-million

Oops sorry, just found out that deal fell through.

http://grassrootsleadership.org/blog/2011/09/going-going-oops-littlefield-detention-center-sale-falls-through

http://www.kcbd.com/story/15483361/littlefield-detention-center-bid-falls-through

but both links are still worth reading as it relates to their past financial losses and how the civil commitment “Billy Clayton (Detention) Center” has clearly financially saved this city.

Here is a link to a similar interesting story about the Center. Very detailed info.

http://www.texasprisonbidness.org/tags/bill-clayton-detention-center

I’m sorry, I just had to post this quote from my last link:

“The city of Littlefield has tried to repurpose the facility. In 2014, the city hoped that locking up children fleeing Central America could fix their financial troubles”.

What? What horrible people. I hope it’s a miss-quote.

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