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Exams ordered for two Mass. inmates

A federal judge ordered the state Department of Correction to conduct psychological evaluations of two men who have been declared sexually dangerous in order to determine whether to provide pharmaceutical treatments as part of their rehabilitation.

In a 115-page ruling last week, US District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris said that the department was violating its own treatment plan for the rehabilitation of people deemed sexually dangerous, in violation of state law and their constitutional rights. The men, Jeffrey Healey and Edward Given, had maintained that the medications could help them control deviant sexual impulses.

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