Taiwan’s Constitutional Court on Thursday declared that current laws allowing convicted sex offenders to be held in a designated facility for therapy after completing their sentence are “mostly constitutional.”

However, the court ruled it “unconstitutional” that the laws do not give convicted sex offenders a chance to express their opinion before making them undergo inpatient treatment after completing their prison term.

While the laws specify that offenders held at such facilities must be evaluated annually to determine their progress, they do not set a maximum period for such therapy, meaning that in principle individuals can be held indefinitely.

The ministry stressed that the system is being used judiciously, saying that of the 9,049 individuals convicted under the Sexual Assault Crime Prevention Act between 2010 and September 2020, only 158, or 1.74 percent, have been ordered to receive compulsory treatment, and most have since been released.

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