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USA Today probe: Federal SVP program crumbling

Constitutionality of lengthy sex offender detentions questioned In the six years since the U.S. government authorized civil detention for dangerous sex offenders, it has sought to commit 136 men. Out of those, it has won civil commitments of only 15, or 11 percent. In contrast, it has either lost, or been forced to dismiss, 61 cases, or 45 percent. (Actually, make that 62.
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