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The Constitutionality of Civil Commitment and the Requirement of Adequate Treatment

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Published Date
November, 2008

his article addresses the constitutional concerns and costs and benefits associated with civil commitment for sexually violent predators. In particular, it focuses on Washington's civil commitment program, the oldest such program in existence in the United States and, indeed, the only program in the nation in which the constitutional parameters of the treatment program have been fully litigated.