Sexual predator program costs S.C. millions

Millions spent to stay, counsel sex offenders

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CHARLESTON, S.C. --- South Carolina spends $7.4 million keeping 119 of the state's most dangerous sex offenders locked up after their prison sentences have finished.

Lawmakers told The Post and Courier of Charleston that the money is well spent even in tough budget times and the program isn't in danger because it has broad public support.

A recent Associated Press report found a number of states struggling with affording programs to keep sex offenders behind bars for additional treatment.

The number of predators behind bars in South Carolina has nearly doubled since 2005, while 65 have been released after treatment since the program began in 1998.

The sexual offenders are kept in a unit deep in a Columbia maximum security prison.

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crackerjack 07/04/10 - 11:28 pm
For another million we could

For another million we could castrate them before they're released
back into society. We could offer early release, if they agreed to whack-em-off.

disssman 07/05/10 - 05:34 am
And where is the bulk of the

And where is the bulk of the millions going? Surely not to the counselors? Makes you wonder what is meant by " a deep unit"?

corgimom 07/05/10 - 05:53 am
It means that they are

It means that they are segregated in a remote part of the prison, so that they aren't killed by the other inmates. They have their own self-contained unit and aren't in general population. Even convicts don't like rapists and child molesters.

seenitB4 07/05/10 - 09:01 am
I think crackerjack has the

I think crackerjack has the answer in his 11.28pm post.

reader54 07/05/10 - 10:49 am
It is costing $62,000 per

It is costing $62,000 per person each year. A necessary expense in these and some other cases but an idea of how much it cost to lock people up.
While it may be easy to lock people up for decades, there has to be a
more effective solution for non-violent offenses.
We have to make a lasting impression on teens that start out commiting petty offenses and progress to more serious. Instead of perpetual probation, build tent cities and work their rear off for 90 days and give them job training and counseling. I believe that would get the little brat's attention better than probation.

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