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Formerly Incarcerated Sex Offenders Say Civil Commitment Programs Deny Proper Rehabilitation

Responding to several highly-publicized sex crimes and public fears, legislatures across the country have adopted statutes that allow the continued imprisonment of sex offenders after they have completed their sentences. Veteran investigative reporter Barbara Koeppel has spent the past 12 months reporting on this third rail of the criminal justice system. Full Article

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  1. Joe123

    Incredible content piece. It would benefit everyone if we could get eyes on this that have sway in the political/justice system.

  2. Tim

    Truth told they chose to sweep All those in the system carte blanch EVEN THE ACTUALLY INNOCENT, and wrongfully convicted, the incapable and nonculpable.
    Who would prescribe remedy that both
    1) Makes touching humans felony violence by default and definition
    2) Conflates necessity and sufficiency for national security on the basis of dirty laundry.(pests & petulance) and nuisances(peepers).By broadcasting it world wide. Is IML passive?
    Was SOR passive aggressive?

  3. R M

    Just touching on a few of the ssues mentioned in this very thorough article:

    “The Supreme Court stated that the men who are civilly committed can be released when they prove they are cured.” Who the hell and how the hell can anyone prove the future?

    “Further, when prisoners do participate and reach the top level, Anderson says that staff members monitoring their progress routinely drop them back to a lower level for violating a rule.” This sounds like NJ’s CSL. The minimum to wait after imprisonment to petition the court is 15 years, all of which is “as if on parole” and every rule broken rests that clock back to zero.

    This article relates some of the ridiculous reasons to keep the prisons imprisoned for ever. Such as when watching tv if a child appears on screen, they must immediately turn the channel or they would be set back in level. If the mere seeing a child in public makes one offend, then there would be millions more locked up, yet there aren’t.

    Prior to my sentencing in NJ, I was made to go to Avenel for a psych review. The review was 5 to 6 hundred questions; the psychiatrist found 1 of my answers to those 5 to 6 hundred questions as questionable. In the report to the sentencing court, the psychiatrist concentrated on that 1 answer and never mentioned the other 5 to 6 hundred, minus 1, answers.

    • AJ

      @R M:
      “The Supreme Court stated that the men who are civilly committed can be released when they prove they are cured.” Who the hell and how the hell can anyone prove the future?
      —–
      Good question…and if there’s ever an answer found, it’s the same path I plan to walk to prove I’m “cured” of whatever malady society believes me to have.

  4. Dustin

    Awesome article. Highlights the objective in the civil commitment system – to keep registrants locked up for life. Even if their rules allowed for release, they’d change as soon as someone somehow manages to comply with them. Betting most of them are out of compliance with the mental health statutes of their own state as well, and the courts in those states essentially write in the exceptions for registrants.

  5. totally against public registry

    Thanks for posting this article. I posted it on my Facebook page.

  6. Gwen

    Wow…upon reading articles similar to this one I yet question again whether we are in America “The home of the free” or a new version of the old Soviet Union?

    • Dustin

      @ Gwen,

      At least in regards to sex offenses, I would liken it more to Nazi Germany than the USSR, primarily because of the economic system (private ownership vs. communism).

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