‘You Can’t Punish People for Crimes They Have Not Yet Committed’

More on the Minnesota class-action lawsuit against a civil commitment program that sentences former offenders to life in lockup: The Marshall Project blog examines the issues.

Here are a few excerpts:

  • “You can’t punish people for crimes they have not yet committed,” says Daniel Filler, a professor at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law. 
  • Public perceptions of the untreatable pedophile are also largely unfounded. There are a small number of dangerous, intractable predators, but in general recidivism rates for most sex offenders are actually lower than those for other violent crimes.
  • The politicians of this great State must now ask themselves if they will act to revise a system that is clearly broken, or stand idly by and do nothing, simply awaiting Court intervention. (Quote from U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank).
Read the full post.
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