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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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Pretrial civil detention of sex offenders unlawful, judge rules

Academics / Psychology : In The News (4 years ago)

A New York law mandating that sex offenders be confined while awaiting civil commitment trials is unconstitutional, a judge has ruled. But the ruling may not make much difference to most sex offenders whom the state wants to civilly... Read Post

Federal judge tosses hebephilia as basis for civil detention

Academics / Psychology : In The News (3 years ago)

Hebephilia is too controversial for the government to use it to claim that a sex offender has a serious mental disorder meriting civil commitment in order to protect the public, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Judge Terrence Boyle I... Read Post

Legal challenge may force changes to Minnesota civil commitment

Academics / Psychology : In The News (last year)

Guest post by Jon Brandt, MSW, LICSW It has been 16 years since the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly upheld the constitutionality of controversial preventive detention schemes for dangerous sex offenders. Now, with 20 U.S. states incarce... Read Post

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