Sexual Predator Rehab Center in Staunton?

By: Adam Kramer
By: Adam Kramer

Because of a Virginia State law, the Commonwealth intends to have a rehab center for dangerous sexual predators open by Jan. 1, 2004.

Last year, the state budget called for $4.6 million to be set aside for renovation of vacant Western State buildings.

The renovated structures would have served as the location for the Sexual offender rehab center.

But Delegate Chris Saxman says although offering rehabilitation is part of government, the state could not have picked a worse place for the center.

"They wanted to put it right next to the existing children's rehabilitation center," commented the second year Delegate from Staunton. "Where is the logic?"

The rehab center plan in Staunton was cut down by the general assembly last year.

Saxman says he will not support any further efforts to put the center in Staunton.

"As long as I am in office, I will try my best to keep the center out of the city," Saxman said.

The General Assembly will look into the issue further next month.

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