Monday, May 17, 2010

Troubling Supreme Court Decision on Detainment

I can't believe I agree with Scalia and Thomas over the rest of the court in a civil liberties case, but the idea that a sex offender can be held beyond his or her prison sentence is concerning. I understand the need to monitor people, but these are US citizens who do have the right not to be tried twice for the same crime, which this amounts to. Monitoring should be mandatory, and perhaps some of them should be transferred to psychiatric institutions, but jail is not appropriate. Indefinite detainment of enemy combatants is concerning also, but at least the enemy combatants held at Guantanamo are demonstrably engaged in something approximating military activity, which is different to "common" crime.

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