January 8, 2012

CHARLES WILLIAMS VS. NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS A-5962-08T3

CHARLES WILLIAMS VS. NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS A-5962-08T3

CHARLES WILLIAMS VS. NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF           CORRECTIONS 

A-5962-08T3

     An inmate at the Adult Diagnostic Treatment Center (ADTC) challenged the authority of the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections to transfer inmates to the ADTC who do not meet the qualifications for confinement at the ADTC set forth in the Sexual Offender Act (SOA), N.J.S.A. 2C:47-1 to -10, more specifically the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:47-3.  We concluded that the very specific provisions of the SOA, as explored at length by the Supreme Court in In re Civil Commitment of W.X.C., 204 N.J. 179, 196-99 (2010), cert. denied, ___ U.S. ___, 131 S. Ct. 1702, 179 L. Ed. 2d 635 (2011), significantly limit the Commissioner's otherwise broad discretion to assign inmates to available institutions under N.J.S.A. 30:4-91.2, and that only sex offenders who meet each of the three criteria set forth in the SOA can be confined at the ADTC.  Those criteria are: (1) the offender's conduct was characterized by a pattern of repetitive, compulsive behavior, (2) the offender is amenable to sex offender treatment, and (3) the offender is willing to participate in such treatment.  12-02-11 

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