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June-23-97

States Can Detain Sexual Predators After Sentence Runs Out

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that states can detain sexually violent predators after they have served their prison sentences, even if they are not mentally ill. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that people who are considered mentally abnormal and likely to commit new crimes can be held by the state. The case centered on a Kansas law which says that sexually violent offenders who have completed their prison terms can be involuntarily committed if they suffer from a "mental abnormality or personality disorder" and are likely to commit new sex crimes in the future. Arizona, California, Minnesota, Washington and Wisconsin have similar laws.

Media Resources: The Nando Net