TX Observer: Prison by Any Other Name

Number 28415
Subject Prisons
Source Texas Observer (Austin, Texas)
State
Year 2018
Publication Date February - March 2018
Summary Since the 1990s, Texas has run a controversial, constitutionally dubious “civil commitment” program that keeps hundreds of sex offenders in intensive monitoring and treatment long after they’ve finished their prison sentences. In 2015, after the agency running the program nearly imploded amid mismanagement, Texas lawmakers essentially turned civil commitment over to a scandal-ridden private prison contractor eager to gobble up contracts at the intersection of incarceration and therapy. The result: non-existent treatment, shoddy medical care, and a new taxpayer-funded, privately operated lockup in middle-of-nowhere Texas, where men under civil commitment are now confined indefinitely. Since the facility opened, only five men have been released — four of them to medical facilities where they later died.
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Keywords Texas Observer, Texas, prisons, sex offenders, monitoring, treatment, agency, contractors, health care, deaths
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