Justice Department examining NY civil commitment of SO’s

The U.S. Department of Justice is examining New York’s civil commitment program for sex offenders, according to a report in the Albany Times-Union. The paper says the investigation was started after a Justice Department attorney spoke with a man confined at the Central New York Psychiatric Center. Interviews the paper conducted with men confined there […]

Polygraph therapy scrutinized in child porn case

Courthouse News Service reports on a case in New York that’s drawing scrutiny to the use of so-called “therapeutic polygraphs” for sex offenders.Richard Llanga Moran challenged the use of the polygraph as a condition of his supervised release.The therapist he meets with regularly has found Llanga Moran “forthcoming and engaged in sessions,” but prosecutors want […]

Court blasts NY officials for holding SO’s past release date

A New York court is taking state prison officials to task for policies that allow sex offenders to remain locked up long past their release dates.The case in question involved a man, in prison for second-degree rape, who remained locked up four months after he was to have been released — due to residency restrictions.Under […]

SORA: The human cost of junk science

This is from New York, but could apply to nearly any state in the nation. How reliable are risk assessments?Of the nearly 40,000 persons on New York’s sex offender registry, 9,679 are displayed on its public website as Level 3, a warning that he or she presents the maximum risk of committing a sex crime […]

Hebephilia flunks Frye test

Dr. Karen Franklin writes about a New York judge’s rejection of the state’s diagnosis of hebephilia in the case of a 72-year-old registered sex offender.In a strongly worded rejection of hebephilia, a New York judge has ruledthat the controversial diagnosis cannot be used in legal proceedings because of “overwhelming opposition” to its validity among the psychiatric […]