Report: 13 civilly committed sex offenders freed in NY state

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A ruling by New York state’s highest court has led to the release of 13 civilly committed sex offenders, according to a report.

State records obtained by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (http://on.rocne.ws/1HEVVUD ) show that the 13 sex offenders “are no longer subject to civil management.”

In October, the Court of Appeals ruled that a sex offender could not remain institutionalized based solely on a diagnosis of what is called “antisocial personality disorder,” or ASPD. The court ruled that ASPD establishes “only a general tendency toward criminality and has no necessary relationship to a difficulty in controlling one’s sexual behavior.”

The state has declined to release the names of the 13 sex offenders released so far, citing privacy laws.

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