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Oprah spotlights ‘Most Dangerous Child Sex Offenders’ on McNeil Island

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on April 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
April 12, 2010 5:27 pm

Today’s Oprah Winfrey Show took on the “Most Dangerous Child Sex Offenders in America,” which included a correspondent’s segment on Washington State’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

A story on Oprah’s Web site sets up the segment:

One hour outside of Seattle, there’s a small island in the Puget Sound that people rarely visit. Some residents rarely leave.

This place, McNeil Island, is home to a corrections center that houses hundreds of the state’s most dangerous sexual predators.

Cameras are almost never allowed inside this controversial facility, but in February 2010, correspondent Lisa Ling was granted rare access inside the residents’ rooms, common areas and therapy sessions.

McNeil Island is only accessible by ferry. At the port, Lisa is met by Kelly Cunningham, the superintendent of this special commitment center. “(It’s) a mental health facility for Level 3 sexual predators,” Lisa says. “The worst of the worst.”

Ling goes on to sit in on a group therapy session and interview child sex predators, including the SCC’s only woman.

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