Wednesday, December 25, 2013

MO - SORTS Program Designed to Provide Treatment for Sex Offenders in Missouri

Civil Commitment
Original Article

12/24/2013

By CHRISTINA TURNER

This is part one of a two part series on Missouri's sex offender civil commitment program. Christina Turner talks to people with close ties to the SORTS program and its patients.

Christopher Cross is the legal guardian of a mentally disabled sex offender. He says one of the ways the state gets people into the SORTS program is by forcing sex offenders like his ward to confess guilt to allegations.

"The state doesn't care what the evidence is. The state doesn't investigate anything. They just see that an allegation is made and that, as a result of that, the offender has to confess guilt," he said.

According to Cross, Missouri courts say it's therapeutically beneficial to confess to allegations because it gets guilt off the offender's chest.

"Just because the state slaps a label on a program as being therapeutic does not mean it is therapeutic. It just means that's what the state is saying it is to make it look like it's consitutionally correct," he said.

He says confessions could be used against his ward if a civil commitment hearing comes after prison.

Marty Martin Foreman runs Fulton State Hospital where 75 of the 199 SORTS patients are being held. She says several patients contesting their placement in SORTS have not participated in treatment to avoid appearing guilty.

"For some they were involved in appeals and things like that and, upon advice of an attorney, the attorneys did not believe it was in their best interest to be engaged," she said.

Martin Foreman says patients' progress is guaged by their participation in things like group psychotherapy, recreational therapy and work therapy.

Former lieutenant governor Kenneth Rothman says you can't be too careful when dealing with violent sex offenders.

"We have to have a balance. Yeah, we owe these people some help if we can give it to 'em, but we really owe the people who would be innocent victims if they were released," he said.

But in 2012, a MO Supreme Court judge said that, of the five categories of felony offenders in Missouri's correctional population, sex offenders have the lowest rates of recidivism.


2 comments :

Mark said...

"The state doesn't care what the evidence is. The state doesn't
investigate anything. They just see that an allegation is made and
that, as a result of that, the offender has to confess guilt," he said." Oh this is a classic, and a typical move by in-prison treatment programs and civil commitment modalities. Those in charge believe that when an offender is jailed, they have dozens more of un-captured crimes as well as any details that are in police reports etc. They insist that you admit, confess, "fess-up," to a crime(s) a person has never committed, and/or details in police reports that were never proven in court, or even fully investigated and proven. And if one resists, the wrath of the system comes down upon a person in the form of being deemed a "program failure," write-ups, set backs, nasty attitudes from staffers and so on. Not to mention how correction staffers love to peek in folders to garner this type of information then forwarded to other staffers. These men are truly all alone with these so-called "professionals," behind closed walls and these men are subject to some of the most egregious so-called "treatment" plans ever concocted. You know, for the sake of society, for the children, for the world, for womanhood. And just as a sexual offender may be in denial, the so-called professionals, when confronted with these dynamics - guess what? THEY DENY IT! They too are in DENIAL, and fall back on the fact that these dynamics are part of "treatment." End of report.

Mark said...

As an adjunct to my comment, I forgot to state that the methods used by the "professionals, " is a mirror image of the TAVISTOCK programming. Now look up Tavistock and see what they do! And here is a sample: Tavistock Institute originated the mass civilian bombing raids carried out by Roosevelt and Churchill purely as a clinical experiment in mass terror, keeping records of the results as they watched the "guinea pigs" reacting under "controlled laboratory conditions". All Tavistock and American foundation techniques have a single goal---to break down the psychological strength of the individual and render him helpless to oppose the dictators of the World Order. Any technique which helps to break down the family unit, and family inculcated principles of religion, honor, patriotism and sexual behavior, is used by the Tavistock scientists as weapons of crowd control.