While confined on McNeil Island, residents have the option of entering the sexual predator treatment program. If they attend therapy sessions and meet with counselors, they will be reevaluated and may have the option of leaving the facility.

If they don't get treatment, they will be confined to this commitment center indefinitely.

Since this corrections center opened in 1990, Lisa says that only four residents have been allowed to leave unconditionally. Sixteen other people have left the island, but they're still under supervision.

While some people applaud measures like McNeil Island, others think molesters' indefinite confinement violates their legal rights. "This is a very controversial program because all of these people have already served their sentence," Lisa says. "So in a sense, they're being sent to this island to prevent them from crimes that they may commit."


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