Court blocks release of sex offenders due out of jail

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    The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act passed by Congress in 2006 included a provision allowing indefinite confinement of sex offenders. A federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, ruled lawmakers had overstepped their authority, prompting the emergency appeal to the Supreme Court.

    The law was named after the son of "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh. The boy was kidnapped and murdered by a suspected child molester in 1981.

    Four inmates brought suit against the law. They were serving sentences of up to eight years for sexual abuse of a minor or possessing child pornography. Their detention was to have ended two years ago, but corrections officials and prosecutors determined they remained a risk for further sexually deviant behavior if freed. The inmates argued such continued imprisonment violates their constitutional right of due process.

    The justices' actions means the men remain behind bars for now.

    Court blocks release of sex offenders due out of jail - CNN.com

    the way i read this...the men have served their sentence but have been ruled too dangerous to get out of jail...

    and your opinion on this would be?



    as parents or just as people... know who lives near you:

    Federal Bureau of Investigation - Crimes Against Children - National/State Sex Offender Registry
     
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    we have a similar law here. after completion of sentence, an offender can still be confined. i don't know how the federal law is structured, but here there is a full jury trial to determine if the person should continue to be incarcerated.

    i think it's a good idea.
     
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    Sure, if the perp is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But it's kind of ironic, since no one was ever convicted of Adam Walsh's murder...so, "The boy was kidnapped and murdered by a suspected child molester in 1981," isn't technically proven...but it was what the cops decided when they closed the case.

    Something was always fishy about that case.
     
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    I don't like it. IMO, once you should serve the time you are sentenced to you should be released though I understand why folks get emotional because of the nature of the crime. Shit, I do too but I would much prefer they handle this by dishing out much harsher sentences for sex offenders than this alternative.
     
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    i understand what you're saying, but i disagree. as long as they are afforded due process, i don't have a problem with it.

    full disclosure- my wife was on a jury for one of these review hearings (i forget the proper name for them). the evidence presented kept her from sleeping through the night for about a month. i know it affected my POV on this issue.
     
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    I'm sure the details were horrific that's why I ask myself, "why are these guys not getting sentence to life?"

    Wouldn't a life sentence with the chance for parole accomplish the same goal?
     
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    so we let murders out of jail but not sexual offenders....i have to wonder how violent they were...

    as for the walsh case...a man confessed but has die...

    College OTR: Murder of Adam Walsh, John Walsh's Son, Solved After Otis Toole Admits Guilt

    want to hear something wicked? of course you do....i have often wondered if given the choice....
    what would john walsh choose...to give up all that adam's death has brought him or would he want the high profile life he has now...and yes as a parent i feel low even thinking about that...

    i just have never really cared for parents who exploit the deaths of their children...many parents have gotten laws passed but he is the only one who has elected to stay so high profile...

    i could not imagine the horror of losing a child...it is a cruel trick of nature to allow you to outlive your child
     
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    Yes, it is a horrible thing. The guy that confessed, though, he confessed to all kinds of things, and most of his confessions the police labeled lies. And, IIRC, there was no actual evidence, just this confession.

    Maybe it's the exploitation and star power his father got that bothers me, or maybe it's because I used to shop at that Sears in question...I dunno, something isn't totally right.

    But on the topic, Article makes a good point. Why not just give a stiffer sentence?
     
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    if they give stiffer sentances to sex offenders they wouldnt have room for pot heads
     
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    Who was that guy who said that the devil is in the details? In other words, it depends on the individual circumstance.

    A sex offender can be anything from someone who rapes and murders a child, to an 18 year old who has consenual sex whith his 17 year old girlfriend. In the first case, I have no objection to keeping them inprisoned indiffinitely. In the second case, I believe both should serve equal prison sentences; of whatever duration.

    Whatever happened to just good old fashioned shotgun weddings?
     

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