Cato: Even sex offenders have constitutional rights

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled North Carolina’s law banning registered sex offenders from social media cites unconstitutional, the Cato Institute says the Court should take up a challenge to Minnesota’s civil commitment program.

In 1994, Minnesota passed what has become arguably the most aggressive and restrictive sex-offender civil-commitment statute in the country. The Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) provides for the indefinite civil commitment of “sexually dangerous” individuals, over and beyond whatever criminal sentence they may have already completed. 

In more than 20 years, only one person has been fully released from the MSOP. Read more of the Cato Institute’s commentary here.

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