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Articles by Tamara Menteer

Washington Civil Commitment Held in Contempt

by Ron Petersen and Tamara Menteer

On November 15, 1999, after 6 years overseeing an injunction, a federal judge issued a ruling finding the Washington state civil commitment facility known as The Special Commitment Center (SCC) , the nation's first civil commitment program designed to re-incarcerate sex offenders beyond the ...

Through the Civil Commitment Looking Glass

If the object or purpose of the Kansas [civil commitment] law had been to provide treatment but treatment were adopted as a sham or mere pretext, there would have been an indication of the forbidden purpose to punish . -- Justice Kennedy's concurring majority opinion in Hendricks v. Kansas , ...