Louis Theroux: A Place For Paedophiles

Louis has gained access to Coalinga Mental Hospital in California, which houses more than 500 of the most disturbed criminals in America, convicted paedophiles. Most have already served lengthy prison sentences, but have been deemed unsafe for release. Instead, they have been sent here for an indefinite time. Spending time with those undergoing treatment, Louis wrestles with whether he can ever allow himself to believe men whose whole history is defined by deception and deceit.

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  1. Stop having empathy for men that don’t deserve it.
    That’s why we now have to deal with perverts (many also pedos) in female-only spaces

  2. I’ve seen louis dancing in the street, guy and passer by singing, every things going to be alright.. dont worry about a thing, by bob Marley, took me a lot of searches to find the name louis theroux, thanks webmaster

  3. Any documentaries had no job to make you feel satisfied, it’s about questioning society and the issues behind it.
    These people have resentment because practically that’s what society tells us about mental health problems don’t exist, we are fine.
    And look at this perspective and treatment change I’ve seen a comment in 2022 perspective when this documentary is made when I was 4.

  4. All Paedophile’s around the world should not have a place on this earth. They are dirty and wasting tax payer’s money. Make them suffer then hang them.

  5. Louis often has interesting stories. Some are eye opening and some are down right wrong. Like all ”science” it is disturbing and unGodly. What a weird institution that the American taxpayer is paying for. I don’t know if this is helpful or not. I am sure the general population appreciates it though.. The ”Psychologist’ in charge of the group that Louis spoke to is in denial and an enabler to suggest these men have no choice… what a load of tripe!! (my polite response). He clearly has forgotten that every single human being besides being given the gift of life has been given the gift of free will-freedom of choice. Whether someone abused these men as children (not their choice) where the demonic spirit that lead the abuser came into the child and then became an abuser themselves OR they chose rebellion and kept walking down the dark and evil path of child abuse.
    The bottom line is whether you’re the victim or a perpetrator Jesus came to set the captives free!
    Shalom Shalom.

  6. Jesus, most of you are the reason why paeodophiles can’t get help before or after offending. They’re so completely ostracized and hated by society that they can’t speak out and get help for their condition.Yes, everyone makes a choice to rape or molest. but they don’t choose to have sexual feelings for children, just as a person who is attracted to the same sex doesn’t choose that.

    Paedophilia is hugely problematic, don’t get me wrong. But these guys at Coalinga they’re been detained until death. Check out the site CSHabuse(dot)com for the true details of whats going on there.

    • No way .we can’t take this view it’s another slippery slope .now there mutilating kids cus muh gender dysphoria bs

    • Oh Michael you didn’t just say that same sex attraction is like paedophilia did you? Wanting to rape a child is not something people are born with and if they have traveled so far down the depravity porn fantasy path and they have to rape a child just for an orgasm they need to be locked up for life.

  7. No no and No theres no need for a place like this they should be content with being alive, I don’t give a flying fuck if they did there time in prison, this fucking place is a Club Med for them paid by hard working citizen who don’t get 1/10 of the care they have, life without the possibility of parole or death row are the only two choices that these fuckers should have !

  8. Not Louis best documentary.

  9. This documentary left me with a weird feeling: it gave me more questions than answers and I do not know where I stand on this topic.
    I imagine that was the purpose of the documentary, but I now feel divided between the empathy I have for these men that suffer from a mental disorder that pushed them to commit awful things, and the hate I have for the monsters they are and the fact that they ruined so many innocent lives.

    I don’t feel that this documentary alone gives enough material to decide what society should do with these men or if such disorder can actually be cured, but I like to believe that even if it can’t, we should still try to because even if they committed abominations, they are still humans and everyone deserve a chance. However, I do not know if they should be released (I feel like the security of vulnerable children is more important than the rehabilitation of criminals) except if we can prove they will never do it again (which I assume means castration, as my absence of knowledge in psychiatry leaves me with no answer on whereas therapy alone actually works).
    Sorry for the very confuse comment, but that’s kinda how I feel after this documentary.

  10. I feel sorry for these men. I would never excuse them for ruining their victims’ lives, though, because there are choices. I think the ones castrated should be set free. Not the rest. I do not mind using tax dollars to keep them away from society, they are a danger, especially the ones in denial. There are ones who think they are perfectly normal, others acknowledge they have hurt others and want to change, to the point of getting physically castrated. Some are more aggressive than others, but nevertheless, they can’t be set free. Unless you are castrated, this is something you can’t change, not even with years of therapy. My capacity for empathy is still on for these men. I wish them the best, but away from vulnerable children because they have no business ruining the sexuality of people who are still developing. That’s what enrages me. It’s scary how they look like ordinary people.

  11. not sure when or who decides who goes there ..have all thesei nmates bren tranferred after serving time elsewhere. Are they all on life sentences

    Anyone know more detail

  12. I realize that this is a little bit off-topic but I think this entire program is a scam brought on by the politicians of California who make a living of taking tax money away from the citizens. They build this facility (based on people’s fears) and claim to be rehabilitating them. Is singing the Addams Family song really helping them in this regard? They get paid a lot of money to keep the facility open and “treat” these criminals, so do you think there is motivation to cure them? Every employee in this video receives a paycheck from the State of California and it’s in their best interests to pretend to have a cure.
    Now…the video did not work on this site so I saw it on youtube.

    • I believe the idea is, these are men who have committed paedophilic acts, and they served their prison time – but they’re high risk, so they can’t let them back among the general population. They need to keep them here, and at least try to rehab them. If the facility didn’t exist, they’d simply go free, and likely hurt a child before winding up back in jail. As a taxpayer, I’m fine with it that my money goes to places like this if it means even one less child is abused.

    • Interesting food for thought. On the other hand, isn’t this probably true of just about any incarceration/rehabilitation facility anywhere?

  13. It’s amazing how objectively these “inmates” or “patients”, for lack of a better word, talk about the crimes they committed. It’s like they weren’t the ones who had done it. What makes me even more uneasy, however, is the lack of remorse each one of them express. Do they not realize the extent of how their selfish sexual behaviors will affect their victims for the REST OF THEIR LIVES? It’s fucking pathetic. Not to knock the documentary, because it is quite informative, but it makes these pedophiles (or “ex-pedophiles”) seem like the victims. Just to remind everyone, these guys did have a choice when they decided to rape small, vulnerable children. The victims did not have the luxury of choice.

    • I completely get you.

      I do feel the documentary was fairly objective. On one hand you’ve got these men who committed horrible crimes who show varying levels of remorse. But on the other hand they’re locked in a facility, with no clear release date, with therapy of dubious value, at great expense.

      I think many sort of wish it would come to a satisfying conclusion, whether that’s “these people should be locked up forever” or “they should be released”. Instead it leaves you with a fairly unclear ending – there’s a lot of problems, many questions, but not really any answers. But I think this was intentional by the filmmaker – I think the whole point he was making is that there isn’t any clear solution to this problem.

  14. I would like to state before i get into this comment that i am NOT defending or excusing the actions of these men what they did was extremely long and they should be punished, BUT for the comments made early about executing everyone one of these men without question is absolutely ridiculous. These men did not choose to be pedophiles, you do not choose your sexual orientation it is really just a roll of the dice. So to those demanding the death of all of these men put yourself in their shoes, what if you were stuck with a sexual orientation despised and reject by society and how do you know you would have self control to never act on those urges? So before you are so eager to condemn try to look at things from a broader perspective without being so reactive.

    • I agree. My ex-wifes friend is one of the few people in Norway who has worked with pedophiles. Her experience was that 99,9% of pedophiles know full well that if their desires were to be acted out it would damage another individual, so they don’t actually act out their fantasies, and instead take the risk of being judged and despised by non-specialist health personell, in sheer bloody anguish over their own nature.

    • Are you insane? It is not a sexual orientation!

  15. drone strike this facility

  16. There is never no excuse for sexual abuse, or any sexual acts on minors it is completely unethical, it is discusting. However I think that the stereotypical pedeophile has a unfortunate sexual orientation towards minors and I seriously think that the scientific community should be doing some serious research into the reason why some people have this orientation and investigating into ways to treat this.
    No one asks to be a pedophile no, I in some respects feel sorry for those who don’t commit any crimes and have to hide in a world of guilt and in some respects sexual fraustration and may never have a long term partner or a family.

  17. the fact that the facilitator claimed that ‘nobody chooses to be a rapist’ makes me extremely uneasy. raping someone is an active choice; molesting a child is an active fucking choice, and it sickens me that someone who doesn’t view sexually violating children as a choice is involved in working in a hospital full of pedophiles.

    • Watching that made me pretty uneasy honestly, but I suspect it was probably a bad choice of words. I think what he meant was nobody would actively seek out that lifestyle and the consequences for both involved that come with it.

      I think what he meant was rather, he’s aware that what he did was terrible, but he has some awful compulsions to do it, hence why he needs treatment.

      I suspect what he was getting at was that, even though he knows it’s wrong, he had poor judgment and did something he shouldn’t have done, due to his sick desires.

      I’m not defending what he did at all – obviously it was wrong.

    • I fully agree max, just because I like women doesn’t mean I can go out and do what I want. We are civil human beings.

  18. What I find disgusting is this random ass dude in the beginning who is supposedly “helping” these perverts. He says “nobody chooses to be a pedophile or a rapist.” Excuse me? So these men were forced to rape and molest young children? sure. These men should be told what they really are. Scum, pathetic, and worthless. They should be told the after effects of child molestation on the child. the lifelong scars, the therapy, everything. and they should know and realize that THEY DID IT. they CHOSE TO DO IT. They CHOSE to act on their wrong feelings. they. chose. to. act.

  19. This is one of the most disturbing things i’ve ever seen.

  20. Anorexics can not eat because of their illness, people like me with depression can be sad but those two behaviours affect themselves whereas padeophillia affects two people and causes harm to young children. It needs to be treated but in some ways it is digusting.

  21. Paedophilia is the most horrific act in the world. Paedophiles are the worst form of terrorists that ever existed. This crime should be awarded the maximum punishment, most preferably a death penalty. Once these monsters are caught they need to be presumed guilty unless beyond doubt proven innocent. There are no two ways about it.

    I am disturbed by the comfort factor of the facility. They donot deserve any form of comfort. I am quite struck by how articulately manipulative they all are. It’s a pattern in each and every one of them. Yes I agree with most of you here that the facility is really eating a lot out of the tax payers’ dollars. It’s not right. They need to be punished and eradicated permanently. Hang them. Lethal injection. Lots of choices. For the better good of all, sacrifices need to be made.The government needs to realize that pedophilia cannot be cured. Period. This disorder cannot be tolerated. And any disagreement would probably come from closeted paedophiles themselves and those who gain keeping them in such facilities. Line them up for execution. I cannot think of anything else.

    The world needs to wake up and eradicate this pandemic. End of Story.

  22. @theunseenelephant, you make a good point and I’ll admit it made me think. However, a few things about your argument don’t work for me. Just because something isn’t “abnormal or unusual” doesn’t mean it’s morally justifiable. Humankind has a long, long history of murder and rape and it’s not seen as an elephant in the room, it’s seen as a punishable crime. The same can be said for pedophilia. As for exposing men to “mild pornography involving a minor and adult”, I assume you mean the kind of test they talk about in this documentary and not actual child pornography, since that would be illegal and unethical. But assuming we did a broad study on how many males were aroused by suggestive scenarios involving children, I don’t think it would change the way the crime is seen. Who hasn’t gotten angry for a split second thought about punching someone, or worse? The difference is that you don’t do it. You remove yourself from the situation. As disturbing as the thought of child molestation is, thinking about something is not the same as doing it. As long as you don’t do the crime, you are not a criminal.

    As for this documentary itself, it sheds a lot of light on the question of morality, which is essentially, “What does the most good for the greatest number of people?” It’s not an easy question to answer in this case. As much as I want these people away from innocent children, I struggle with the fact that many have been put in this facility indefinitely for what is a criminal act. Of course, if any of these men were to show no remorse or fail to understand that what they did was wrong, they should be absolutely kept away from the public. However, others who admit their mistake and understand how their lack of self-control damaged others need to be released after doing their time.

  23. I don’t believe that paedophila, adhorent though it is in modern western society, is so abnormal or unusal. their is a long history of incest to prove this point.
    I would like to see a broad survey done to see what percentage of men when exposed to relatively mild pornography involving a minor and an adult become aroused.
    I believe maybe there is a rather large elephant in the room that we like to pretend is just not in our room.

  24. For those of you who tried to point out a majority of gay men in this facility-wake up and get your head out of your homophobic ass-there were many straight, gay and bisexual men in this documentary, and it is well known that being does not equal peadophile. That is like pointing to the millions of men who have molested young girls and claiming their acts as a result of being heterosexual.

    As a side-note. Although I enjoy the subjects Louis is willing to present. I find him to usually be a horrible interviewer and journalist. He never really seems to ask relevant questions and often stares blankly like an idiot at his guests and the audience.

    And why is Mr.Price being interrogated by him and the psychologist at 32:00?
    She keeps on budding in and uttering classical statements of annoyance. Then he says she’s not his doctor and doesn’t want to talk with her, so she stands there and says she doesn’t know what’s going on..bitch..

  25. They served their time, release them. Either that or sentence them to life without parole. You can’t throw out a person’s constitutional rights because you find them ‘icky’.

    • I think that’s actually what some of those men’s objections were. I.e. they were there indefinitely without an actual sentence being handed out.

      If you’re in prison, at least you understand what you’re there for and when you’ll be released, or if you’re not going to be released at least it was because a judge decided that you should never be released.

      In this case they’re just shipped off to this facility until whatever date comes that they’re magically cured.

  26. The disturbing thing is that people can be locked up for life because they might do something in the future which societ doesn’t like.

  27. It’s a shame he didn’t touch on the differences in brain activity in these peadophiles. Neurologists have found that different areas of their brain interact. It’s the same as a psychopath’s brain. I don’t think they can be cured unless they have no desire for sex at all. I think most of those ppl don’t enter the programme because they know they can’t be cured. The others are just hopeful that they can be cured or could possibly fool ppl into getting out. Or as the one man said, get castrated to have no sexual desire at all. Jaycee Lee Dugard was a victim for 20 years, in captivity, of released peadophile.

    It’s a shame but they are victims of biology. They didn’t choose it. Which implies they will always be dangerous and unfortunately, should be kept away from the public.

    • It is so untrue they can’t help offending. Much like people with Antisocial Personality Disorder (Psychopaths) can chose to be violent or not.

  28. Most definitely a difficult watch….

  29. How about taking all the taxpayers dollars that are funding this facility and spending it on the victims’ counselling. Their lives were destroyed by these monsters, and the majority will face depression, drug abuse, mood disorders and possibly suicide. And yes, Mr. Group Facilitator, they DID make a choice to abuse children. We aren’t talking about cancer here, we are talking about someone molesting a child.

  30. i am a survivor of one of these beasts and i can tell you this, that teacher with the picture, and the guy who got castrated, are absolute geniuses at manipulation,extremely intelligent, and will never stop doing what they do and you can see the effect of treatment only in the way they have conned the poor professionals they are way out of their league,i have spent an entire life accepting the fact i was molested and all the problems that go along with it.nothing will ever change that,the depression ,drug addiction,low self esteem,etc.for years i blamed myself and to know this doesnt give me a pass on my behaviors,but it make me responsible for how i react to life before i learned this i wasnt.these guys can never live among us good place for them.

  31. OMG they are so freaking sick!!

  32. A lot of people don’t “wake up and choose”..who they are. A lot of people are horrible, murderous and evil. A lot of people don’t deserve a second chance or acceptance of any kind.

  33. I really enjoyed this video and I highly recommend this to anyone of all ages. It was very interesting and I think you should make another. Great Job!!!

  34. Calling Nurse Rachid.

  35. They should stop sugar-coating the fact that they are INMATES. They also should stop treating these derelicts like they are anywhere intelligent, since they can’t answer a damn question straight.  In the old days, didn’t they actually castrate men like these? Some used to beg for it, since they KNEW if released into society, that they would do it again.

  36. I love how at 13:22 she feels the need to reassure the interviewer that the penile monitor is unused and clean.  LOL.

  37. This doc left me with a couple of questions and curiousities:

    I wonder if there’s a sort of class system in this hospital – like does the date rapist hate the child molesters? Do similar offense-types hang out together for protection? Is there any violence in the hospital? Are there any homosexual relationships (either consensual or forced, like in a prison setting)?

    If anyone knows for sure, please reply.

    • I HIGHLY doubt a date rapist would be civilly committed. These are repeat sexual violent offenders. They love to minimize their crimes and are master manipulators.

  38. I would just like to mention, that Coalinga State Hospital is named that because its in the town of Coalinga. Living in the town my whole life, I’m glad to finally know what was like behind there. After passing by all the time, and knowing people who work there and hearing all the stories of what goes on there is horrific. He really sugar-coated it. There are men that like to taunt and get aggressive. Its sad really. I’m also glad to know that they actually have to find a place to relocate them. I always thought they just pushed them out the door. And since the town of Coalinga is in the middle of no where, they would be sent into town, which is pretty scary having to be a child who walks around daily.

  39. what sick freaks

  40. I lost interest after about six minutes.

  41. Its such a wrong thing to keep some there for life, as terrible as their crimes were, if every body who had murdered someone went to a a clinic for life after completing their sentence time their would be uproar. If it was a voluntary treatment center then they would benefit a lot more. whats the point in having a justice system and a prision sentence if after you complete it you are given an indefinite life sentence. 

  42. Its such a wrong thing to keep some there for life, as terrible as their crimes were, if every body who had murdered someone went to a a clinic for life after completing their sentence time their would be uproar. If it was a voluntary treatment center then they would benefit a lot more. whats the point in having a justice system and a prision sentence if after you complete it you are given an indefinite life sentence. 

  43. Just a taught !!prison population is 30/40 %  white male, but 99% there ????

  44. It’s quite sad that they have better living conditions and medical care than so many innocent people who lost their jobs and homes and now live in tents all across the USA.

  45. Pedophilia is in no way close to homosexuality. Homosexuality is not chosen, but it is between two consenting, mature adults and doesn’t hurt anybody. Pedophiles prey on children, who are not mature enough to consent to anything sexual and are thus victims of their offenders’ “sexual orientation”. To liken homosexuality to pedophilia is sickeningly false and only shows ignorance. 

  46. Interesting. I can’t imagine that some of those people “should”  ever get out but while they are there I don’t think they should be forced to endure the demeaning behaviour that resulted, for example, when Mr. Price gave an honest answer to a question. He went on to explain the source of his feelings toward that issue and was interupted rudely by the clinician who had apparently forgotten that she had asked a question. That whole episode came full circle when “he” apologized later for an incident that was her fault. The goal there was to simply dominate the man right or wrong.     

    Hard to believe too that the film maker “believed” the guy who said he wasn’t turned on by the boys in tights. That photograph was totally provocative.

  47.   Keep these creeps locked up forever or death penalty or castration.  No mercy for these monsters.

  48. I certainly agree that Paedophiles should in some way taken care of (taken care like treatment, not killing them 🙂 ). However, the thing of sexual orientation is a tricky question. In my opinion people doesn’t choose sexual orientation. Being straight or homosexual isn’t a choice. Isn’t that the case of paedophilia then? Homosexuality was once also seen as a mental disorder, and homosexuals were sent to mental hospitals. I think paedophilia is an act of crime and is no way okay, but not a mental disorder crime. Sexual acts should be something done with mutual consentement, and where both actors understand what they are doing.

  49. I am APPALLED at the amount of money spent on these people. 200K a year?!?! Chemical castration costs much less. That 200K should be used to pay for the victims therapy.

    • I agree it’s a very high number – maybe they use some of that money to pay for the initial building costs?? Who knows.

      I don’t agree that chemical castration (or real castration) is any answer – take for example the guy who orally copulated 50 kids. Don’t need a penis for that.

  50. a few things: First the name of this institution seems a bit odd. I guess it reminds me of something sexual for some reason and I find it oddly named. Also, I heard the argument one inmate mentioned for judgment as a criminal vs. mental crime. From the persons interviewed I would have to say it is indeed a crime they cannot seem to control and thus must be viewed as an mental disorder. I mean if people are getting castrations holy shit lol. By the way I believe that guy may truly be on the way to some type of control of his problem but who knows. The place looks first rate and about as good as it could be for incarceration… Why the majority (70%) don’t want treatment to try to face their issues is amazing? Lastly I hate government programs and $$$ spent on lost causes but I can’t imagine letting these people loose on society again… catch 22 I guess and this seems like the most humane way to deal with them.

    • Its called Coalinga State Hospital because thats the name of the town its in. The actual town of Coalinga was actually Coaling station A, and when it was established as a town, the “station” was removed, making it Coalinga. Look it up. We have a very good football team.

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