Reply To: Is civil commitment protection, punishment, prison–or purgatory?


Jeremy from Indiana

If you are talking about McKune v. Lile and Smith v. Doe, then I wouldn’t worry about those too much. Justice Kennedy is the same one who wrote the former opinion and in Packingham v. North Carolina, he showed us that he thinks quite a bit differently now. This will be a completely different battle in 2018 than it was in 2002. There is a lot more research and evidence on the subject now and the registry today is unrecognizable from the registry presented in those cases. I am cautiously optimistic that this will be the year the registry falls apart completely.