OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has ruled that sexually violent offenders already committed to McNeil Island must show progress in treatment to be granted a new trial aimed at seeking their freedom.
Taxpayers would have faced an additional $22.5 million in annual costs for experts and lawyers in new civil-commitment trials if the Supreme Court had ruled against the state.
Washington's civil-commitment law allows the state to indefinitely detain sex offenders beyond their prison sentence if they suffer from a mental abnormality or personality disorder and are deemed too dangerous for the community. More than 280 offenders are housed at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.
Informaton from The Seattle Times: http://www.seattletimes.com