The LA Times reported over the weekend, that “Jessica’s Law may be failing to deliver on its promise — and in some respects producing the opposite of its intended effects.”

As a Times investigation reported Sunday, the law has led far more sexual offenders to be evaluated and recommended for indefinite hospitalization after their prison terms end. But the number of commitments has barely budged.
In the 18 months after Jessica’s Law took effect, only 42 of 67 defendants in civil commitment trials — 63% — were sent to hospitals, compared with 41 of 51 — 80% — before the law.

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