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Sex predators seen straining Va. facility

The number of Virginia criminals labeled "sexually violent predators" is growing at such a rate that it’s straining the capacity of a two-year-old facility built to hold them after they finish serving their sentences.

State officials told the House Appropriations Committee on Monday that the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation in Nottoway County can hold 300 people, and currently holds 214. By mid-2012, its population is expected to reach 356, and then 738 in 2017.

The Virginian-Pilot reported that escalating costs are projected to leave the center with a budget gap of $25 million over the next two year.

The growth in the civil-commitment population appears to be linked to the expansion in 2006 from four crimes defined as sexualy violent to 28 offenses.

-- The Virginian-Pilot

By Washington Post Editors  | September 22, 2010; 8:36 AM ET
Categories:  Sex Crimes, Virginia  
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Build as many as you need. These folks need to be kept locked-up for life.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 22, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Are we simply providing housing for these criminals, or trying to rehabilitate them? And do any of them actually ever leave the facility as being "cured" or ready to re-enter society? My guess would be that very few are ever discharged and so the numbers continue to grow and grow and grow...most of these deviant behaviours are not "curable"...

Posted by: pennv | September 22, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

$25 mil is the bidget gap? Then how much is their budget? To hold less than 300 people? I guess our society pays in more ways than one for these perverts.

Posted by: kroshka88 | September 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Sexual predators cannot be cured or rehabilitated. Either ship them to a Devil's Island type place or just put a 9mm slug in their head. That's actually what those POSs deserve. And it's highly cost effective :))

Posted by: ms1234 | September 22, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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