4 thoughts on “Photos: Inside Sand Ridge, where the sexually violent are treated

  1. The artical is superficial and sensationalistic. First you imply that they are releasing too many patients. Then you imply it costs too much to keep them confined. Do your homework. Without Sand Ridge, these guys would be out on the streets and a danger to the public (mostly children and women). The Sex offender treatment they got in prison was not adequate, or they refused treatment in prison. Only the most dangerous offenders end up at Sand Ridge. Sure it costs a lot to keep them confined, but the law says there needs to be good care and treatment or it’s unconstitutional to keep them locked up after their prison sentence is over.

  2. This is bull, most of these people have been double jeopardized. They have did their time and now they have to do more time on top of it. Why not put these guys away for double their time to begin with if you are going to do them this way. I understand that some of the things that they have done is very horrible but how can you sentence them to more time they they already received. It would be like someone having to pay for a traffic ticket twice because they “feel” they are likely to do it again. If you let these guys out and they do it again it would be cheaper then going and spending twice as long and half of the time at this place which is very expensive.People need to be more aware of the surroundings their are bad people everywhere and most of them are at large, not locked up.

    • Fred….I will limit what I say for many reasons. …HOWEVER…. your statement of ” if you let them out and they do it again it would be cheaper,………”…..are you effin kidding me??????? It’s a very controversial subject, sandridge….chapter 980…..etc…but…make that statement to your kids…your wife…or in the mirror after you are the victim……..THINK BEFORE YOU TALK/TYPE…..

  3. This article is a good start, but has huge limitations, many caused by limits set by Sand Ridge, and some due to the broad range of people locked up there. I personally know someone who spent sixteen years in various Wisconsin facilities for sex offenders including Sand Ridge after completing his sentence of one year as a thirteen year old boy. His horrible offense? He played around consensually with a twelve year old girl without even having sex. While this is wrong, did he deserve all the years of “treatments” designed for adults who prey sexually on children, the abuse by staff, or the lost opportunities? Out the past seven years, he has not offended against anyone, has worked at the few jobs that would hire him, and lived with the severe PTSD that his experiences there directly caused. Wisconsin could have legally held him under the 980 law for the rest of his life. They are doing this right now to many, many men who’s sole crime is doing something similar only once as a child. This article says none of this, nor that less than 10% of one time child “offenders” are EVER released and all have experiences like my friend’s. The psychologists at and associated with centers like Sand Ridge attached a long list of psychiatric diagnoses to him, as they do all the rest, NONE of which he had on outside examination one month after finally winning an extended legal battle that resulted in his release and all of which he was diagnosed with up until that same day. I could go on, but then this would be much too long a reply.