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Parolees Say They're Targets

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Texas parolees are criticizing a state policy that forces some of them to undergo sex-offender treatment although they've never been convicted of a sex crime.

Targeted parolees must comply with the same strict restrictions as convicted child molesters and rapists - including holiday lockdowns and travel restrictions - or face additional prison time.

Bryan Collier, director of the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice's parole division, says that probably less than 100 of the
3,900 people who are classified as sex offenders and are under
parole supervision do not have sex-offense convictions.

Some of them have been convicted of crimes that involved sex even though the wording of the charge did not reflect it, Collier said. Others were ordered to undergo sex-offender evaluations because they previously were arrested for sex crimes they were never convicted of, he said.

Convicted burglar Raymond Young says he's not doing well in his
therapy because he's being asked to admit to a crime that didn't take place, or show remorse to a victim that never existed.


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