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Staff Training for Treatment Providers of Sexually Violent Predators  

Author:  Chris Thomson.

Source: Volume 05, Number 02, February/March 2004 , pp.7-9(3)

Sex Offender Law Report

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Since the law permitting civil commitment of sexual offenders has been upheld as constitutional by the United States Supreme Court in Kansas v. Hendricks, a number of states have allotted budgets to include the building or refurbishing of hospitals to house those individuals who have been referred for civil commitment hearings and those who have been committed. (See Kansas v. Hendricks, 521 U.S. 346 (1997).) Considering that the criteria for commitment of these men usually includes, but is not restricted to, a background of sexually motivated offenses often involving threats or violence, victim injury and a history of incomplete treatment or no treatment, existence of a mental abnormality or personality disorder, this population is at the very least challenging.


Affiliations:  1: John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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