September 22, 2010
The number of Virginia criminals labeled "sexually violent predators" is growing at such a rate that it's straining the capacity of a two-year-old facility built to hold them after they finish serving their sentences.
State officials told the House Appropriations Committee Monday that the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation in Nottoway County can hold 300 people, and currently holds 214. By mid-2012, its population is expected to reach 356, and then 738 in 2017.
"The Virginian-Pilot" reported that escalating costs are projected to leave the center with a budget gap of $25 million over the next two year. The growth in the civil-commitment population appears to be linked to the expansion in 2006 from four crimes defined as sexualy violent to 28 offenses.