Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Our U.S. Constitution does not allow us to lock up people, no matter what they did in the past, based on the speculation that they might do bad things in the future"

From Don Betzold, a civil commitment defense attorney and former member of the Minnesota Senate, writing on the Minnesota Sex Offender Program:

As Judge Frank observed, some sex offenders are very dangerous, and society should be protected from them. But a number of those committed as sex offenders are not now dangerous at all. Some of them are old men in wheelchairs or on walkers.

The state doesn’t know who is really dangerous and who isn’t. As a result, almost everyone remains locked up.

The rest is in The Star Tribune.

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