Treating Sexual Offenders

Paula Wissel of member station KPLU reports in the first of two reports on treating sex offenders. Washington State's facility for treating violent sexual predators...The Special Commitment Center...faces hearings today in U.S. District Court. The center was developed ten years ago as a place to treat sex offenders after they've served their prison time. Patients are supposed to be let out when they are considered no longer dangerous. But critics say the center operates more like a prison than a mental health facility.



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