DEAL IS CLOSE ON LONG-TERM PERV LOCKUP
Governor Pataki and legislators are close to agreeing on new law that could keep dangerous sex offenders locked up in a hospital after their jail terms end. New York would be one of about 20 states that evaluate sexual predators sentences and confine them to a hospital if they are deemed too dangerous to reenter society. Civil liberties groups have objected to civil confinement procedures but the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the practice.
(Albany, New York)