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Progress Report: Sexually Violent Predator Program Is Reducing Backlog, But Still Not Timely, Report No. 04-63, August 2004
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  • The Sexually Violent Predator Program is not meeting statutory deadlines for processing cases.  Legal delays often result in offenders spending extended periods of detention while awaiting the outcome of the commitment process.
  • Because commitment processes have not been completed prior to the end of prison terms, the state has spent $15 million to detain persons who were later released rather than committed.  However, the program is reducing the backlog of persons waiting to complete the commitment process.  
  • A small portion (5%) of offenders screened out by the commitment process and released have been subsequently arrested for new sex crimes; the program should revisit these cases to determine if any systemic improvements can be made in the assessment and commitment process. 
  • The program has strengthened experience and education requirements for private evaluators who conduct the clinical and annual sexually violent predator evaluations, as we recommended.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 99-36 The Sexually Violent Predator Program's Assessment Process Continues to Evolve, published in February 2000.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Sexual Offenders

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