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Facility for sex offenders to be completed in 2013

GOING AHEAD:The center, which will provide treatment for sex offenders who are likely to reoffend, has been relocated several times after opposition from local groups

Staff Writer, with CNA

Sex offenders who are likely to reoffend will receive compulsory medical treatment at a special facility expected to be completed in 2013, officials said yesterday.

The institution, the first of its kind in Taiwan, will be built next to Taichung Prison in Greater Taichung, officials said.

It will be able to house about 100 people for mandatory -treatment after their release from prison.

According to the Criminal Code, sex offenders should receive medical treatment after serving their prison terms if, based on official evaluations, there is a high risk that they will commit another sex crime.

The individual risk of recidivism will need to be re-assessed annually and the offender will be permitted to return to society only after certification that the risk has dropped.

RECEIVING TREATMENT

Currently, three former inmates are receiving such treatment in a segregated area at Pei Teh Hospital, which is affiliated to Taichung Prison.

The project, under the aegis of the Ministry of Justice’s Agency of Corrections, has been delayed as plans to build a new facility at two other locations in central Taiwan had to be abandoned because of opposition from local communities.

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