Texas May Ax Head Of Controversial Sex Offender Civil Commitment Program


The embattled director of a Texas agency at the center controversy over the state’s civil commitment program for high-risk sex offenders could be out of a job by the end of this week, reports the Houston Chronicle. Amid a growing controversy over the program that oversees the supervision of more than 300 of the state’s most dangerous sex offenders, the three-member governing board of the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management scheduled a Saturday meeting to take up the “evaluation, employment, appointment and/or termination” of Allison Taylor, who has headed the program since 2003.

Taylor has been on leave for the past week; officials suggested that Taylor may take another state job. Also on the agenda is a review of a controversial plan by the agency to build a facility to house 50 to 100 violent sex offenders in rural Liberty County, a site that was the subject of a citizens protest meeting last night. Local officials have called for the award of a contract for the construction and operation of a prison camp-like center to be canceled. The state comptroller’s office invalidated the contract yesterday. An official said the sole bidder had not incorporated at the time it submitted its proposal.

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