Sex Offenders Housed with Mentally Ill

1 decade 3 years 3 months ago Monday, December 18 2006 Dec 18, 2006 Monday, December 18, 2006 2:43:48 PM CST December 18, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) Missouri places developmentally disabled sex offenders into privately run group homes with mentally retarded residents. Advocates for the mentally ill say they are stunned by the practice. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the state does not notify other residents' parents about the placements citing the right to privacy of the offenders. The offenders also are mentally retarded or developmentally disabled. Missouri's Department of Mental Health says 30 accused or convicted sex offenders are living in privately run residential homes. Twenty others are living in centers for the mentally retarded. A group that advocates to help the mentally ill, Missouri Protection and Advocacy, says it will investigate after learning of the practice.

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