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The Source: Agency Overseeing Sex Offenders Under Spotlight

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The Office of Violent Sex Offender Management is a mess says its new director. From a woeful work environment to a lack of basic managerial oversight, critics are lambasting the program.  The program is tasked with overseeing the civil commitments of the worst sex offenders who have served their time but remain a risk.

Civil-commitments are the continued monitoring and supervision of those who have served their prison sentence, but who are deemed a risk to society and placed in these programs.

Questions abound regarding the threshold of those in the program, the constitutionality of it, and the value of the office with what appears to be lackluster performance.


  • John Whitmire, (D-Hou) State Senator who chairs the Criminal Justice committee.
  • Mike Ward, Senior Reporter in the Austin bureau of the Houston Chronicle
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