Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Sex Offender Civil Commitment Law
How can a law allow the feds to continue to imprison an inmate after his sentence is up? That's what sex offender civil commitment laws allow. The Supreme Court held oral arguments today on a challenge to Section 4248 of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
The law applies to any federal detainee, including inmates who are about to complete their entire prison terms and regardless of whether the suspected future act is a federal crime....Lawyers are challenging the law as a violation of due process. In addition, they argue that Congress exceeded the limits of its federal authority by attempting to prevent sex crimes.
...The key question before the high court is whether congressional authority to enact legislation is broad enough to encompass prevention of future sex crimes.
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