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News stories tagged with "sexually-violent-predators"

Sexually violent predators must go home - if they're released

Earlier this year, Governor Spitzer won support among legislators for civil confinement: holding sexually violent predators after they've completed their prison sentences. The state Department of Mental Health prepared the Bridgeview building at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg to confine up to 80 inmates. Nine are there now. Jonathan Brown reports on the latest developments.  Go to full article

Sex offender facility holds an open house

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.  Go to full article

Works begins on new facility for sex offenders in Ogdensburg

Work is already underway on a new state facility for sexually violent predators in Ogdensburg. Local opponents to the plan hope they can still stop the project with the coming change of administration in Albany. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

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