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Audit shows waste on exams.

Inefficiencies in California's Sex Offender Commitment Program for identifying and evaluating sexual predators have resulted in unnecessary work and millions in extra spending over the past 5 years, reported Elaine M. Howle, state auditor. Of the 30,000 sex offenders referred to receive mental health exams for possible commitment as violent sexual predators, less than 1% were committed, an audit of the Sex Offender Commitment Program showed. The state spent $50 million on contractors for mental health exams for the offenders during 2005-2010. In a letter introducing her report, Ms. Howle said existing inefficiencies were compounded by the passage of Jessica's Law in 2006, which added more crimes to the list of sexually violent offenses and expanded the criteria for identifying sexual predators.

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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Author:Correa, Frances
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2011
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