Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sex Offenders

Our fourth guiding criminal justice principle is: Capital punishment is an appropriate response to the criminal evil of murder, rape, and pedophilia.

Yesterday's ruling by the Supreme Court that certain sexual offenders can be held in prison beyond their sentences, as reported by the Washington Post, is a welcome one.

An excerpt.

“WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal officials can indefinitely hold inmates considered "sexually dangerous" after their prison terms are complete.

“The high court in a 7-2 judgment reversed a lower court decision that said Congress overstepped its authority in allowing indefinite detentions of considered "sexually dangerous."

"The statute is a 'necessary and proper' means of exercising the federal authority that permits Congress to create federal criminal laws, to punish their violation, to imprison violators, to provide appropriately for those imprisoned and to maintain the security of those who are not imprisoned but who may be affected by the federal imprisonment of others," said Justice Stephen Breyer, writing the majority opinion.

“President George W. Bush in 2006 signed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which authorized the civil commitment of sexually dangerous federal inmates.”