NARSOL opposes the use of post-prison civil commitment as it is commonly practiced with those with sexual crime convictions, which is as a means to extend the incarceration period beyond the court-imposed sentence.

Any extension of a court-ordered sentence must be limited strictly to extraordinary cases where the state proves that the person presents a danger to the community and with the clear and stated goal of providing treatment in order to effect reintegration back into society.

Civil commitment should be considered only for those individuals who have actually engaged in physical violence and when a current risk assessment indicates a propensity for future violence clearly exists, and treatment should be in the mental health system rather than a situation of continued incarceration.

Every state has a mental health civil commitment system and facilities; a separate system for those with sexual crime convictions is unneeded.

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