Supreme Court could decide future of civil commitment

The Supreme Court will decide this week whether to take up a case challenging Minnesota’s Sex Offender Treatment (civil commitment) Program.  Maurice Chammah reports in an article for the Marshall Project. If someone finishes a prison sentence for a violent sexual crime, but might still be dangerous, should he be released? How do you knowContinue reading “Supreme Court could decide future of civil commitment”

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. TheContinue reading “Cato: Even sex offenders have constitutional rights”

MN sex offenders ask Supreme Court to rule on civil commitment

A group of registered sex offenders in Minnesota is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule whether that state’s civil commitment program violates the U.S. Constitution. In a petition filed Friday, attorneys representing the offenders allege that the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) infringes on their fundamental due process rights by operating a program withoutContinue reading “MN sex offenders ask Supreme Court to rule on civil commitment”