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GOV PUSHES NEW PRISON FOR PERVS
New York Post - New York, N.Y.
Author: KENNETH LOVETT Post Correspondent
Date: Jan 11, 2006
Start Page: 002
Section: News
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[Pataki] wants to tear down Camp Pharsalia, a minimum-security prison in upstate Chenango County, and replace it with a new state- of-the-art facility run by the Office of Mental Heath that will house and treat the convicted offenders.

Frustrated that the Democrat-controlled Assembly repeatedly blocked civil-confinement legislation, Pataki late last year ordered his administration to "push the envelope" in keeping sex offenders deemed dangerous locked up by using existing law pertaining to the involuntary commitment the mentally ill.

Creating a new facility, which would open in 2009, would allow the mental-health system to keep dangerous sex offenders whose prison terms expire away from nonviolent mentally ill patients, Pataki said. Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said the governor is "putting the cart before the horse" since the state does not yet have a civil-confinement law on the books.

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