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Critics target Missouri sex offender treatment

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By Carlos Otero By Carlos Otero

ST. LOUIS -- A Missouri sex crimes treatment program that has yet to release any offenders faces growing criticism by critics and patients who say the mental health effort is not much different than receiving a prison sentence.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that nearly 200 sexually violent predators participate in the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services program, which began in 1999. None have successfully completed treatment.

The newspaper obtained program records from a class-action civil rights lawsuit that seeks to improve treatment so the patients have a reasonable chance of being released.

Missouri Department of Mental Health Officials say program meets nationally accepted standards for hospital care and is similar to programs in other states.

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