A request to renovate and build housing for the state’s sexually violent predators received approval Tuesday.
The State Fiscal Accountability Authority approved the Department of Mental Health’s request to borrow up to $45 million in bonds to construct two new buildings and renovate three existing ones to house predators who have been committed to the state’s custody.
The department is on track to run out of space by early 2017. As of September, it was treating 184 predators. The new facilities would allow the state to treat as many as 500 residents.
Predators who are committed to the department by a judge or a jury civilly include child abusers and serial rapists. They have served their time but are deemed too “mentally abnormal” and “extremely dangerous” to be released. Instead, they receive sex offender treatment.