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Civil Management of Sex Offenders

Some convicted sex offenders are strictly supervised and treated after they have served their sentence. This happens when the sex offender is considered likely to commit a sex offense again because of a mental abnormality. This is called civil management. The civil management law is called the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act.

This happens in a small number of cases. The Attorney General decides whether to file a petition in the court for civil management. The defendant has a right to have a lawyer. At trial, the Attorney General must prove that the defendant has a mental abnormality that requires supervision. Learn more from the Attorney General.

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