Date: November 26, 2018
“The typical path off the island is to clear a clinical evaluation, get the CEO of the SCC to support the evaluation, get a court hearing, have all sides agree — including the judge — that a resident is ready for unconditional release or a release to a less restrictive alternative, which some call a half-way house.
But there is a population, whose numbers are unknown, that maybe prolonging their stay on the island because of the consequences others have suffered after their release.
“What they do is decline to engage in treatment,” says Sanders. “Or waive the annual review, with is a constitutional requirement if they have been civilly committed.”
Scott is one of those that has declined treatment. But he believes he’s better off staying at the SCC to conduct his legal fight for a new trial. In the meantime, he gets three meals a day, all the medical attention he needs, a small studio apartment and a community who knows the stigma of being labeled a sex offender.
Wright says 40 percent of SCC’s population is not receiving treatment.
One former resident wishes he stayed.
“They are better off staying there,” says the man who did not want to be identified but spent 13 years in treatment at the SCC before his release seven years ago.
“When people found out my history, I was fired, assaulted,” he says. “There is just not the opportunity to live and to work out here in society because of the stigma, it’s terrible.”
He served three years in prison for “communicating with a minor for immoral purposes” before he went to the SCC.
“It’s a scarlet letter, I never thought anything like that would apply to me,” he says. “I read that in high school, jeez and here I got it.”
They’re paying out the nose, to house, feed and care for an aging population…which largely refuses to go back out into the world…because they know there is no future out there for them…
Quite the quandary.
…But, whatever else could have been expected out of this mess?
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