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March 5, 2006 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
The $388-million facility sprawled on the desolate outskirts of this Central Valley town was intended to answer a pressing problem: what to do with hundreds of repeat pedophiles and rapists in California who have served their prison terms but are deemed too risky for release. This was to be a hospital dedicated primarily to such "sexually violent predators," who can be lawfully detained for mental health treatment.
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October 25, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A Santa Clara County judge is expected to announce Friday a tentative location in Los Angeles County where a serial rapist will be released soon under tight supervision, authorities said. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said that during a hearing in San Jose, Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown will announce where Christopher Hubbart will be housed. The district attorney's office lost its attempts earlier this year to have Hubbart, 62, released in Santa Clara County, where he committed his most recent crimes.
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March 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
State officials say they are banning relatives from visiting a state hospital that treats sex offenders while police investigate reports of smuggling. A spokeswoman for Coalinga State Hospital says visitation was canceled from Friday through Monday so hospital police could look into claims that visitors were smuggling drugs, electronics and weapons into the facility. The state Department of Mental Health houses sexually violent predators in Coalinga after they finish their prison sentences under a procedure called civil detainment, in which criminals can be held indefinitely after completing their sentences if they are still considered a threat.
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October 25, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, This post has been corrected. Please see below for details.
A Santa Clara County judge said Friday that a serial rapist linked to dozens of sexual assaults could be released in the Palmdale area under tight supervision when he is freed soon, authorities said. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown could order the release of Christopher Hubbart as early as December. The district attorney's office  lost its attempts  earlier this year to have Hubbart, 62, released in Santa Clara County, where he committed his most recent crimes.
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March 10, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Coalinga State Hospital officials said Thursday that a patient boycott of activities in protest of conditions at the mental health facility was waning, as some patient concerns were addressed. "We are returning to normalcy," hospital spokesman Tom Hunt said. The mental facility houses patients considered "sexually violent predators," who are involuntarily committed at the end of their prison terms.
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March 7, 2006 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
Nearly all the sex offenders housed at a new state mental hospital in Coalinga mounted a full-day "strike" Monday, refusing to participate in any organized activities, patients and hospital police said. The patients were protesting the lack of licensed clinical staff as well as bright lights that keep them awake at night and a policy that forbids them from buying food for one another at the canteen, said patient James Rosenberg, who said they would continue their protest today.
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July 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A convicted serial rapist who has been ordered released under strict supervision in Los Angeles County embraced intensive treatment for years while locked in a state mental hospital and is not a public safety risk, his attorney said Wednesday. Christopher Evans Hubbart's request for release was supported by his treating psychologist at Coalinga State Hospital and the hospital's medical director, said Santa Clara County Deputy Public Defender Jeff Dunn. Dunn said his 62-year-old client will have to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, report his movements and submit to regular polygraph tests and other exams once he is conditionally freed.
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May 3, 2006 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
Four years after federal investigators began probing civil rights violations at California's mental hospitals, prosecutors filed a consent decree in federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday that lays out a road map for sweeping reform under a court-appointed monitor.
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October 25, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, This post has been corrected. Please see below for details.
A Santa Clara County judge said Friday that a serial rapist linked to dozens of sexual assaults could be released in the Palmdale area under tight supervision when he is freed soon, authorities said. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown could order the release of Christopher Hubbart as early as December. The district attorney's office  lost its attempts  earlier this year to have Hubbart, 62, released in Santa Clara County, where he committed his most recent crimes.
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July 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A convicted serial rapist who has been ordered released under strict supervision in Los Angeles County embraced intensive treatment for years while locked in a state mental hospital and is not a public safety risk, his attorney said Wednesday. Christopher Evans Hubbart's request for release was supported by his treating psychologist at Coalinga State Hospital and the hospital's medical director, said Santa Clara County Deputy Public Defender Jeff Dunn. Dunn said his 62-year-old client will have to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, report his movements and submit to regular lie detector and other tests once he is conditionally freed.
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August 28, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a last-ditch bid to stop the release of a serial rapist to Los Angeles County, clearing the way for Christopher Hubbart to be freed once suitable housing has been found. The justices rejected without comment Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey's request for a new hearing on whether Hubbart, 62, should be released in Santa Clara County, where he committed his most recent crimes, rather than Los Angeles. Hubbart, who has spent nearly two decades in a state mental hospital, admitted sexually assaulting more than three dozen women throughout California between 1971 and 1982, according to the district attorney's office.
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July 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A convicted serial rapist who has been ordered released under strict supervision in Los Angeles County embraced intensive treatment for years while locked in a state mental hospital and is not a public safety risk, his attorney said Wednesday. Christopher Evans Hubbart's request for release was supported by his treating psychologist at Coalinga State Hospital and the hospital's medical director, said Santa Clara County Deputy Public Defender Jeff Dunn. Dunn said his 62-year-old client will have to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, report his movements and submit to regular lie detector and other tests once he is conditionally freed.
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July 10, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A convicted serial rapist who has been ordered released under strict supervision in Los Angeles County embraced intensive treatment for years while locked in a state mental hospital and is not a public safety risk, his attorney said Wednesday. Christopher Evans Hubbart's request for release was supported by his treating psychologist at Coalinga State Hospital and the hospital's medical director, said Santa Clara County Deputy Public Defender Jeff Dunn. Dunn said his 62-year-old client will have to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, report his movements and submit to regular polygraph tests and other exams once he is conditionally freed.
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March 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
State officials say they are banning relatives from visiting a state hospital that treats sex offenders while police investigate reports of smuggling. A spokeswoman for Coalinga State Hospital says visitation was canceled from Friday through Monday so hospital police could look into claims that visitors were smuggling drugs, electronics and weapons into the facility. The state Department of Mental Health houses sexually violent predators in Coalinga after they finish their prison sentences under a procedure called civil detainment, in which criminals can be held indefinitely after completing their sentences if they are still considered a threat.
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November 15, 2007 | Scott Gold and Lee Romney, Times Staff Writers
Two years after California opened the nation's largest facility designed to house and treat men who have been declared sexually violent predators, Coalinga State Hospital is described by both patients and staff as an institution in turmoil. Convinced that they stand little chance of being released and angry about perceived deficiencies at the hospital, patients are engaged in a tense standoff with administrators, according to interviews with more than 40 patients and staff members.
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May 3, 2006 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
Four years after federal investigators began probing civil rights violations at California's mental hospitals, prosecutors filed a consent decree in federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday that lays out a road map for sweeping reform under a court-appointed monitor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a last-ditch bid to stop the release of a serial rapist to Los Angeles County, clearing the way for Christopher Hubbart to be freed once suitable housing has been found. The justices rejected without comment Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey's request for a new hearing on whether Hubbart, 62, should be released in Santa Clara County, where he committed his most recent crimes, rather than Los Angeles. Hubbart, who has spent nearly two decades in a state mental hospital, admitted sexually assaulting more than three dozen women throughout California between 1971 and 1982, according to the district attorney's office.
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October 25, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A Santa Clara County judge is expected to announce Friday a tentative location in Los Angeles County where a serial rapist will be released soon under tight supervision, authorities said. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said that during a hearing in San Jose, Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown will announce where Christopher Hubbart will be housed. The district attorney's office lost its attempts earlier this year to have Hubbart, 62, released in Santa Clara County, where he committed his most recent crimes.
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April 6, 2006 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
In a scathing report, high-ranking police officers at the state's newest mental hospital condemned as dangerous the plan to house most patients in units with minimal supervision from licensed caregivers. "It would border on negligence to sustain the idea of the proposed minimum staffing levels," the police sergeants assigned to Coalinga State Hospital warned in their report last fall as the hospital began accepting patients from overcrowded Atascadero State Hospital.
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March 10, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Coalinga State Hospital officials said Thursday that a patient boycott of activities in protest of conditions at the mental health facility was waning, as some patient concerns were addressed. "We are returning to normalcy," hospital spokesman Tom Hunt said. The mental facility houses patients considered "sexually violent predators," who are involuntarily committed at the end of their prison terms.
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