This fascinating BBC documentary on California’s civil commitment facility for violent sex offenders provides an opportunity to hear from the pedophiles first hand. It’s about an hour long, but it is worth the time in order to gain at least some insight into the minds of child molesters. Unfortunately, it’s somewhat like trying to understand the predatory behavior of lions by standing outside their cages at a zoo. Make no mistake, these men are dangerous.
One of the things I noticed right away was how intensely the men struggled to find the right words, to adopt the right affect and demeanor in order to convince the therapists that they have been “cured” sufficiently to be released. To me, the therapy appears to teach the offenders how to beat the polygraphs and the penile plethysmograph. The truth is that any such instrument can be defeated.
The therapists, themselves, seemed somewhat creepy to me as well. They, too, were painfully controlled in what they said. They almost seemed like Stepford people.
Personally, I’m not convinced that any of them are being cured. There should be civil commitment laws in every state, but I would not spend $200,000 per inmate to keep them there. We should be able to figure out how to warehouse them humanely for a lot less.