Treating the “Sexually Dangerous Person”

The Massachusetts Treatment Center
  • Barbara K. Schwartz
  • Gregory M. S. Canfield
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


The Massachusetts Treatment Center for Sexually Dangerous Persons is a remnant of an outdated concept of human behavior. It is one of the last of the original sexual psychopath programs. Unfortunately, the trend is starting to spread across the country again, beginning in 1990, with the opening of the Special Commitment Center in Monroe, Washington, where sex offenders are civilly committed until such time as they can prove that they are no longer “sexually dangerous predators.” This chapter will explore not only the history of the Massachusetts Treatment Center (MTC) and the civil commitment of sex offenders but the authors’ experiences in providing sex-offender-specific treatment first under the Massachusetts Department of Mental and then the Department of Corrections.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara K. Schwartz
    • 1
  • Gregory M. S. Canfield
    • 1
  1. 1.Justice Resource InstituteBridgewaterUSA

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