VIRGINIA BILL WOULD END CIVIL COMMITMENT OF SEX OFFENDERS. Virginia lawmakers are being asked to consider repealing a 22-year-old law that allows the state to commit certain sex offenders to a psychiatric facility after they complete their prison sentences
January 19, 2021
RICHMOND, Va. — Two Virginia Democratic lawmakers are spearheading a push to repeal a decades-old law that allows the state to hold certain sex offenders at psychiatric facilities indefinitely after their criminal sentences if they are deemed “sexually violent predators.”
Critics say civil commitment laws are fundamentally unfair and violate the constitutional prohibition against punishing someone twice for the same crime. Supporters counter that the laws protect society from repeat offenders who are unable to control their behavior.
Sen. Joe Morrissey and Del. Patrick Hope, both Democrats, are