December 4, 2011

2 Va. sex offenders continue to protest treatment

12-4-2011 Virginia:

Two sex offenders who previously staged a rooftop protest at their psychiatric facility have barricaded themselves in a supply closet.

William Dewey and Victor Johnson are two of nearly 300 offenders being held indefinitely at the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation in Burkeville for treatment after their prison sentences.

Fellow resident Timothy East says Dewey and Johnson locked themselves in a closet Sunday morning and planned to remain inside indefinitely.

East also said that center officials threatened to prosecute residents who refused to return to their rooms during the incident.

Dewey and Johnson climbed atop an awning outside the facility on Nov. 21 and tied nooses fashioned from bed sheets to a building support. Both have said the facility is run more like a prison than a psychiatric center. ..Source.. by Richmond Times Dispatch

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