Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Don't Offend the Offenders...

All of the men at treatment center on Washington's McNeil Island are most the predatory sex offenders, have proven sexually violent urges and must undergo treatment before they can ever be released into society.

But somehow they're getting child porn on the inside. And State officials are in a quandary because it just wouldn't be right to take away their computers because this is a treatment facility and not a prison...

"In the past two years, at least four of the 267 residents have been charged with possessing illegal pornography, and officials there are investigating several others. The latest case emerged just before Christmas, when the FBI arrested a 49-year-old child molester who had computer CDs full of graphic child pornography stashed in his room.

...But it's not as easy as it might seem to crack down.

Though the residents don't have Internet access, they are allowed computers, partly because the courts have consistently ruled that the treatment facility can't be run like a prison.

Henry Richards, the superintendent of the SCC, said banning computers, though under consideration, could "cut the tether to the rest of the world" for men who may one day return to society.

"One of the things we can't do is treat this group like they are correctional inmates," Richards said. "The presumption is they have every right as any citizen of the state, except for issues that must be constrained to run the treatment program." (Read the entire article)

I have the solution...let them look at whatever they want and never let them out.

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