The civil commitment of sexually violent predators: a unique Texas approach

J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2002;30(4):525-32.


Numerous states have enacted statutes focusing on the civil commitment of sexually violent predators. The Texas statute, like many others, calls for the involuntary commitment of those with a mental abnormality--specifically in Texas, a behavioral abnormality--who are likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence. All of these states, except Texas, have passed legislation creating inpatient treatment for those persons committed. Texas, instead, has focused exclusively on the use of outpatient treatment and supervision as an alternative to the route of inpatient commitment This article is focused on the development and implementation of the Texas statute with an emphasis on forensic assessment, expert testimony, and risk assessment.

Publication types

  • Legal Case

MeSH terms

  • Commitment of Mentally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Pedophilia / diagnosis
  • Pedophilia / psychology
  • Sex Offenses / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Texas
  • Violence / prevention & control*