Court: Sexually dangerous can be kept in prison

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    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court says federal officials can indefinitely hold inmates considered "sexually dangerous" after their prison terms are complete.

    The high court on Monday reversed a lower court decision that said Congress overstepped its authority in allowing indefinite detentions of considered "sexually dangerous."

    The challenge was brought by four men who served prison terms ranging from three to eight years for possession of child pornography or sexual abuse of a minor.

    Their confinement was supposed to end more than two years ago, but prison officials said there would be a risk of sexually violent conduct or child molestation if they were released.

    Court: Sexually dangerous can be kept in prison


    how do you feel about this? basically they are serving more time than sentenced to.

    i am just not sure how i feel about this. safety of children or extended terms?
     
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    Looks like SCOTUS invoked the Necessary and Proper clause.

    I'm against this. The courts, through a jury or a deal, set the sentence. This seems like a slippery slope towards arbitrary incarceration that could marginalize our legal process.

    I haven't read the opinions yet, so maybe there's something there to change my mind. But I doubt it. This smells like bullshit.
     
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    Possibly just start serving out life for capital sexual offenses, that would ensure that the ones that are dangerous stay in. Granted our jails would become over populated rapidly, but then again maybe we should bring back the death penalty in the states that prohibited it. And perhaps speed up the process and not wait 10 years to execute someone
     
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    It IS bullshit. All that has to be mentioned these days is "sexual predator" or "child molestor" or whatever, and the public goes nuts. Doesn't matter - string 'em up and hang 'em high. No retstraints whatsoever.

    Of course child molestors and sexual preditors should be punished. But let's remain sane about it. Another example of this - Megan's Law.

    Get a grip on yourself, society.
     
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    This thread reminds me of something that happened a few years ago. In a small town in Arkansas, a registered child molester moved into an apartment complex after getting out of prison. The apartment building had a large Hispanic population living there at the time, and as most people know, family is very important to Hispanics and they are very protective. Anyway, the "registered child molester" started taking an interest in a few of the young kids at the complex. The parents found out what he had done in his past and one day the guy was found dead in the parking lot from a gunshot wound. The police took a few statements, an ambulance carried away the body and that was that. Nobody was arrested and nobody asked any questions after that. Case closed.
     
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    we've had this on a state level for years. there is a jury trial every time an extension is sought. i don't have a problem with it.
     
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    We civilly commented a man here.
    His name is Kevin Coe aka The Southhill Rapist. He raped women for a few years while they were out running, and he also never took responsiblity for it. His mother also took out a hit on the judge and PA.
    He should never be released out into society.
    I was also almost say on a jury that would have decided to civilly commit a man. He raped small girls, and I agreed 100% when they sentenced him to life at the facility we had here in Washington.
     
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