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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I started taking it for anxiety
but it put me to sleep instead.
Now I’m addicted, can’t sleep without it,
not good!
I’ve never been addicted to anything
(except my LOVE relationshits)


i know it is very addictive. which is the only reason i don’t have a cache of it.

i actually have had very good results with using benedryl for sleep. i need to take it for allergies, but it knocks me out quite nicely. would use some tonight, but i have already taken my other allergy meds.

oops, i think at one time i was addicted to ice cream!

I’ll have to remember the benedryl, I mean,
how long can I take this Ativan?
The doctor doesn’t seem concerned. 🙁


i know that one needs to be very careful when coming off it. i’d do some reading about it shabbychic. it’s so important to get sleep. i haven’t been able to take regular sleeping medication. not that i wanted to – but i have fibro, and my sleep was terribly compromised for about three years. in the last year i took something to sleep most nights. now, i am pretty good. rarely need to use anything.

going to try to get some sleep now. have sweet dreams!

good night!

Just as an FYI there are also States that can, do and have done civil committments for this as well. Minnesota being one example.

Here is a small piece of the legal language from the law in Minnesota to give some idea:

Subd. 18b. Sexual psychopathic personality.

“Sexual psychopathic personality” means the existence in any person of such conditions of emotional instability, or impulsiveness of behavior, or lack of customary standards of good judgment, or failure to appreciate the consequences of personal acts, or a combination of any of these conditions, which render the person irresponsible for personal conduct with respect to sexual matters, if the person has evidenced, by a habitual course of misconduct in sexual matters, an utter lack of power to control the person’s sexual impulses and, as a result, is dangerous to other persons.

Subd. 18c.

Sexually dangerous person.
(a) A “sexually dangerous person” means a person who:

(1) has engaged in a course of harmful sexual conduct as defined in subdivision 7a;

(2) has manifested a sexual, personality, or other mental disorder or dysfunction; and

(3) as a result, is likely to engage in acts of harmful sexual conduct as defined in subdivision 7a.

(b) For purposes of this provision, it is not necessary to prove that the person has an inability to control the person’s sexual impulses.


Just an FYI on top of the post before this one, California has a law (since 1986) called the Mentally Disordered Offenders program. You can view it here

They can impose MH treatment if six criteria are met:

The BPT can impose mental health treatment as a condition of parole when it finds that the inmate/parolee meets the following criteria:

1.The prisoner has a severe mental disorder; *

2.The prisoner used force or violence or caused serious bodily injury in one of the prisoner’s commitment crimes;

3.The severe mental disorder was one of the causes of or was an aggravating factor in the commission of the crime for which the prisoner was sentenced to prison; *

4.The prisoner’s severe mental disorder is not in remission or” cannot be kept in remission without treatment” *

5.The prisoner had been in treatment for the severe mental disorder for ninety (90) days or more within the year prior to The prisoner’s parole or release; and

6.As a result of the severe mental disorder, the prisoner represents a “substantial danger of physical harm to others.

So there is some places that have these things for more than just SO’s.

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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