No treatment offered for Oregon ‘sex offenders’ since 1993

From, October 20 2008

Thanks to the Oregon State legislature, no psychiatric treatment has been available since 1993 for persons identified as sex offenders in Oregon’s prison system, according to this report from


OUR COMMENT – It’s dangerous and naive for the criminal justice system to define mental illness as a “sex offense”. This is equal to providing a treatment for a fist instead of the person who threw the punch. The result of this misnaming is no resolution can be certain – and men and women who have committed these crimes remain likely to re-offend – terrifying themselves and others. Who is advantaged by this language crime? The criminal justice system, police, courts, jails, prisons, and all salaried people and contracted people associated with them.