21 May 2004

Violating Double Jeopardy

Sexual offenders are bad and deserve very hefty punishments. The thought of them getting out is disturbing.

That said, the absolute fiction that subjecting them twice to imprisonment for the same crime - under the claim that it's okay because the second imprisonment is merely civil - is not a violation of double jeopardy is an extremely dangerous and disturbing precedent. Remember back in the days of yore when we used to take the Soviets to task for imprisoning people as "mental patients?"

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