Is civil commitment protection, punishment, prison–or purgatory?

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      Sandy Rozek
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      By Maurice Chammah…. If someone finishes a prison sentence for a violent sexual crime, but might still be dangerous, should he be released? How do y
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      Tony From Long Island

      Judging by the two previous Supreme Court decisions on this topic, I am not optimistic. However, it has been quite a while since the visited the issue, so there might be hope.

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        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.

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          Brian

          Jeremy from Indiana, If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck them hey it must be a duck. I don’t see how they can keep these so called treatment prisons open, especially that they keep prisoners well passed release dates, it’s just ridiculous. The proof is on the table, they know damn well the the statistics from 10 20 or 30 years ago have drastically changed and the rcividisism lie that they keep putting into people’s heads can be seen plane as day now and they can no longer lie about it, the courts know what’s happening,
          I’m in PA and looks like a lot is happening arround the country for registered citizens thank God, but these other people of power are fighting it as well. DA Freed is asking the SCOTUS to review the PA Supreme courts decision in the cancelation of the AWA/SORNA in PA. I don’t understand how they can make PA Supreme Court change the ruling that has already been done.

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      GraceImburgia

      I am praying for all that are working to change this. It is a system that does. It work.

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        Will Crump

        The court sided with fear and has declined to hear the case. I am not surprised because the S.C.O.T.U.S. would have went against their own previous rulings. I suppose freedom after serving time for the crime is NOT worthy of the Court’s attention or strictest scrutiny. This is really discouraging. Prejudice is so hard to overcome, especially when it’s on the part of the ones who hold all the aces.

        I wonder how much the “frightening and high” myth played into this. I also wonder how much back-room politics played a role in the Court’s decision to decline hearing the case.

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