Sex Hysteria reader, Richard, posted a link to a youtube documentary in the comments under a post I did several days ago about civil commitment.
I was pretty busy over the holidays with out-of-town family visitors staying with us, but I finally manged to catch up and view this documentary about California’s Coalinga “mental hospital” where they house convicted sex offenders who have served their time, but remain incarcerated under civil commitment procedures. I must say, this documentary is well worth watching. To quote my own comment after seeing it:
On the one hand, there are those in the treatment program who willing to say and do anything the staff wants them to in hopes that they will be one of the very few who eventually gain their freedom. On the other hand, there are the 70% those who refuse treatment and are warehoused with no hope of being released except through the courts. It’s the classic authoritarian witch hunt mentality. By denying that they are a danger to society, they are confirming that they are indeed danger to society and must remain incarcerated.
I highly recommend visiting youtube to watch all six parts (totally about 1 hour).