Debate over civil confinement for sex offenders reignites in Westchester

Civil advocates say Governor Pataki (R-NY) has infringed on the civil liberties of a dozen sex offenders. According to a Daily News article, Pataki took 12 convicted sex offenders, who finished out their jail sentences and placed them in the Manhattan Psychiatric Center on Ward's Island in October. Westchester Attorney Mike Edelman says Pataki may be infringing on the civil rights of convicted sex offenders who've already done their time. For years Pataki has tried to pass a civil confinement law where sex offenders would be legally confined to hospitals after their prison terms if they are still found to be dangerous. Members of the state Assembly, however, have never agreed to the law. A Manhattan judge is expected to rule on the fate of the 12 sex offenders as early as November 14.

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