This Article will critique Washington's Community Protection Act from the perspective of a clinical and forensic psychiatrist. Part II of the Article will address and examine problems with the statute's definitions and consider some of the problems in conducting evaluations of proposed sexual predators. Part III will then discuss some of the many difficulties inherent in providing treatment under the statute. Part IV will review the potential abuses, costs and risks to the participants presented by the statute. Finally, Part V will focus on the ethical issues in providing expert medical testimony pursuant to the statute.
Robert M. Wettstein, M.D., A Psychiatric Perspective on Washington's Sexually Violent Predators Statute, 15 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 597 (1992).