Sunday, March 06, 2005

On the commitment of violent sex offenders in Virginia

The Washington Post had this article ("Va. Court Limits Committing of Sex Offenders," 3/5/05) on last week's decisions in the first commitment cases to reach the Virginia Supreme Court.

The article begins with these statistics: "Virginia has sought to have 41 violent sex offenders confined to a mental hospital after they finish their prison terms under a law that took effect in 2003. So far, courts have agreed to send 15 of them to the institution."

The Supreme Court ruled against the Commonwealth in two of three cases decided on Thursday.

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