In Iowa, whenever (for example) the life special sentence is challenged in Supreme Court, the court always shoots down the plaintiff citing “the interests of public safety” as the primary deciding factor. To hell with civil rights, statutory law and case laws. These things do not apply in the state of Iowa let alone very many other jurisdictions. The only way to win is patience. Plain and simple. Where I come from, the only way changes are made is when a sex offender law is no longer economically feasible to fund, the law causes some adverse effect to the preservation of public safety or it brings about prison overcrowding. Usually if it’s effecting the states self serving status quo, then they do something about it.