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  1. Introduction
  2. Sex offenders
  3. The Texas House of Representatives
  4. Sexual Predator Laws of Texas
  5. Conclusion

Texas law defines a predatory act as ??an act directed toward individuals, including family members for the primary purpose of victimization? (CSOT, 2007). Under the Texas Sexually Violent Predator Act, the State has the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person is a sexually violent predator with a behavioral abnormality. Typically, civil law only requires preponderance of the evidence. This language is used to narrowly confine the class of sexually violent predators being committed. These sex offenders are committed not convicted of being a sexually violent predator to the outpatient treatment program (CSOT, 2007).

Civil commitment is different than a criminal charge in that a criminal sentence has a definitive time frame. Civil commitment continues until it is determined that the person's behavioral abnormality has changed to the extent that the person is no longer likely to engage in a predatory act of sexual violence. The intent of the law is to provide intensive outpatient rehabilitation and treatment to the sexually violent predator (Bailey, 2002).

[...] There are no specific sentencing guidelines for sex offenders in Texas. Sentencing for felony crimes are based on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree felonies and carry a punishment of two to ninety nine years of incarceration (depending on the degree of felony in which one is convicted). Because sex offenders are often incarcerated until their sentence expires, approximately 60-80% of all sex offenders released are not on parole. Texas sex offender registry lists an average of 47,000 sex offenders at any given time. [...]


[...] Sexual Assault Legislative Update Retrieved January from http:// www.taasa.org Texas, Council on Sex Offender Treatment (CSOT). (2007). Texas Sexually Violent Predator Act, Article Title 11, Health & Safety Code, Chapter 841. Texas Primary Prevention Planning Committee (TPPPC). (2008). Preventing Sexual Violence in Texas, A Primary Prevention Approach, 30. [...]


[...] Typically, civil law only requires preponderance of the evidence. This language is used to narrowly confine the class of sexually violent predators being committed. These sex offenders are committed not convicted of being a sexually violent predator to the outpatient treatment program (CSOT, 2007). Civil commitment is different than a criminal charge in that a criminal sentence has a definitive timeframe. Civil commitment continues until it is determined that the person's behavioral abnormality has changed to the extent that the person is no longer likely to engage in a predatory act of sexual violence. [...]

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