A LOOK INSIDE MONROE PRISON'S SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT
October 22, 2008
(MONROE, WA) -- KING-5 News, the news department of KING-TV Seattle, aired a news story last night by reporter Bob Piercy on the successful sex offender treatment program inside the Monroe State Correctional Facility in Monroe.
The story, described as a rare look inside a “unique” classroom, featured interviews with five of the inmate students now enrolled in the facility’s sex offender treatment program.
One of the students, identified only as Mark, is quoted in the story as saying "I don't want to get out if I'm going to hurt somebody. It tears at my heart when I think about the things I'm responsible for.”
In twenty years more than 2,000 inmates have gone through the voluntary treatment program which has a reported recidivism rate of about five-percent compared to the ten to thirty-percent rate for those who do not complete the program.
The treatment program, which costs taxpayers about $10,000 per year per enrollee, involves changing behavior patterns through the use of aversion therapy and other techniques.
The complete KING-5 News story video may be viewed here: http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_102108WAB_sex_offender_program_SW.1368447e0.html