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Sex offender facility holds an open house

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New York's Senate and Assembly agreed this week on a law allowing civil confinement of sexually violent predators. The bill has been sent to Gov. Eliot Spitzer. The law would give the state attorney general responsibility for seeking further confinement of sex offenders at the end of their prison terms. A panel of mental health professionals would review each case. The details include treatment and annual reviews, as well as security and tougher parole standards. Up to 80 of these sex offenders will spend their confinement in a newly remodeled facility in Ogdensburg. The building offered public tours last weekend. Jonathan Brown reports that, despite the open house, questions remain.

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