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Court: Juvenile sex crimes can be basis of civil commitment

Civil commitment of offenders who have been designated as sexually violent predators can be indefinitely extended for those whose crimes occurred when they were juveniles, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday.

Bill would block release of sex predators who refuse treatment

OLYMPIA – Sexually violent predators who don’t take part in prescribed treatment could not be released from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island under a bill approved overwhelmingly by the House. When they are released into community custody, a judge would first consider sending them back to the county where they were convicted, another bill the House approved says.