TX: Former Staffers Condemn Cruel Treatment of Inmates at a Texan Prison for Sex Offenders

Source: reason.com 8/12/21

The men must keep masturbation diaries, wear ankle monitors, and even use penile circumference gauges.
Lenore Skenazy

For many men serving time for committing sex offenses in Texas, their prison term never really ends—even if they complete their sentence. That’s because they’re required to enter a live-in mental health facility before returning to society.

That facility—in Littlefield, Texas—is actually a former maximum security prison in the middle of a dirt field.

“It comes as a surprise,” says Mary Sue Molnar, founder of Texas Voices for Reason and Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to reforming the state’s sex offense laws and registry. “I often get letters from prison saying, ‘Oh my god, they’re going to civil commit me. What should I do?'”

Civil commitment is the practice of keeping people locked up past their release date, on the grounds that they are so dangerous they need therapy—years and years of it—before they can safely return to society.

Of course, Molnar notes, if the state really “wanted them to have treatment and counseling, they had plenty of time to get that done. In some cases, these men served 20 to 25 years” in an ordinary prison before being civilly committed.

This might seem just. But even as we feel great anger and sorrow on behalf of sex crime victims, we can also see that civil commitment is an extra prison sentence by another name.

Originally called clients or residents when the center opened in 2015, the men have been re-labeled “inmates” since Management and Training Corporation, a private prison company, took over in 2019.

“MTC does not run it in a therapeutic manner whatsoever,” says Mandi Harner, a former security officer at the facility who was fired for having a relationship with one of the residents. “They run it like a prison. I’m not going to tell you everyone in there is an angel. But there are some men who deserve treatment they’re not getting, and also some who did things as teenagers who don’t deserve to be there their whole lives.”

For their first year or two at the treatment facility, the men are required to wear electronic ankle monitors that they have to pay for, according to Harner. MTC declined a request for comment about this and other claims made by sources in this article, as did the Texas Civil Commitment Office (TCCO), the government agency that oversees the facility.

There is only one way to get out of Littlefield: The men must work their way up through four tiers of treatment before they are allowed to petition for their freedom.


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America and its sex obsession is really something else. Shoot someone in the face over $5 and you’re released back into society without anyone assuming you’ll do something else extremely violent over something do insignificant, but commit a crime that has anything to do with sexuality and you’re the next Jeffery Dahmer, ready to rape everything in sight………..

Reading this has my blood boiling. I’m not even going to begin to point out all the reasons this is wrong because there’s not enough room in this forum to write it all.
It’s double jeopardy plain and simple and the supreme court has it wrong. To incarcerate someone for a crime they MIGHT commit is wrong on so many levels. It’s like the movie Minority Report. If SCOTUS has that kind of mindset, they might as well lock up everyone in the entire country because who knows if someone MIGHT commit a crime?
Call that stupid if you want, but it’s the same exact reasoning.

They love freedom in Texas so this makes sense.

If you’re lucky to get through this, you get released and now it is society’s turn to twist your mind.

These are the new asylums that were closed down 30+ years ago when it was decided by the USG to dump the problems onto the states.

They remain under strict supervision for years, sometimes for life, on probation, parole, and often the Sex Offense Registry.

Wait a second. I thought the registry was a “non-punitive regulatory scheme.” And yet here it’s listed as part of supervision! Once again, they cannot keep their story straight and admit the truth about registries…

Wow. This is horrifying! Modern day psychological torture, endless punishment and indeterminate incarceration! 😡
F**king Texas!! 😡

Sex offender treatment programs are just methods of physical torture for anyone who committed crimes the court system found to be sexual violent in nature and the America prison systems are nothing but death camps for people forced to register and Megan’s law is nothing but A virtual jail cell and lifetime probation.

Good luck

Here’s an update on Littlefield Sex Offender Treatment Center.
It was sold by the MTC (Management and Training Corporation). The sale was final as of July 9, 2021. I’m figuring they saw lawsuits in their future, as well as bad publicity, and being held ACCOUNTABLE for their cruel and unusual punishments!!! Each and every a__hole that had anything to do with this nightmare belongs in prison under the same conditions. I’m currently researching who the NEW OWNERS are now. I’ll update once I find out. Interestingly, it doesn’t state that info in the news article.


Here’s another article that is from 2018. It’s not as if no one knew about these Texas-sized abuses before.


My God this story has me incensed. How is this legal? How in the actual F do they get away with treating these people so harshly while, to add insult to injury, taxing them 33% on items they receive from the outside? What is the GD justification here? Is there no oversight? Right, the overseers are probably the ones who thunk up that 33% shakedown and it all goes to them.
Nah, I have to call BS in this story because we live in the greatest country in the world. I know this because the people on the radio and Dear Leader, Joe Biden, tells me so, and such gross human rights violations only happen in places like the DPRK and PROC. Not here in the good ol’ USA…right? RIGHT?

Let’s be clear. Without the sex offender registry, the US would not be pursuing vaccine passports that will do less to provide medical clearance than to provide the government with a ready-made itinerary of all your travels, visits, and purchases. And with civil commitment, this gives the government a constant beta test on how this will apply to US citizens in the future for their imprisonment based upon having the “wrong” political positions.

“First, they came for the sex offenders…”