Supreme Court upholds law to keep sex offenders in jail

In 2006, Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which established a civil commitment procedure to keep dangerous federal sex offenders behind bars after their sentences were complete. Some inmates challenged the law, stating that Congress had exceeded its powers, and it was overturned by a federal appeals court. Now, the Supreme Court has reversed that decision and upheld the law.

Read Supreme Court upholds federal sex offender law on the Christian Science Monitor.

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Yes, I know they do but I’m, not sure just how well or even IF these are used or inforced. Do they keep then in the prison environment or do they keep them in a “less restrictive” environment?

When I worked at the Community mental health clinic I had a patient (fresh out of prison) where he had spent his time in a cell, frequently gassed because he refused to take his medication, threw feces on staff, etc. and had to be forceably medicated on a regular basis (he didn’t do well in the free world either) I only saw him twice then he “disappeared” off the clinic’s radar, I imagine back to jail or prison, as he was very violent.


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