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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Indefinite Confinement

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 4 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "The United States Supreme Court today upheld a law that allows the Federal government to keep prison inmates behind bars beyond the end of their sentences, if officials determine they may be "sexually dangerous" in the future. The case involves one Graydon Comstock, who was certified as "dangerous" six days before his 37-month federal prison term for processing child pornography was to end. Granted, the law is currently limited to sex offenders who no one is clamoring to defend, but given the sometimes dubious nature of sex-offense convictions and the slow creep of otherwise-reasonable laws, how long will it be before we see it used in a manner other than that for which it was intended?"

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