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Groups voice concerns over civil confinement plan

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Tomorrow, the state legislature will return for a special session called by Governor Pataki to address the civil confinement of sexual predators. Last month, New York's highest court ruled the state wrongly kept violent sex offenders in psychiatric facilities after they served their prison sentences. Pataki has proposed a bill that would make the practice legal. The state has already retrofitted the former St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg to become a high-security facility for up to 80 sexually violent predators. Yesterday in Albany, a coalition of groups asked lawmakers to oppose the civil confinement plan. They say it wastes money and does not address the real problems with sex offenders. Karen DeWitt reports.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

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