PUNISHED BEFORE THE CRIME

THE LANCET: Prof. Eric S. Janus; Published December 2004

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“SVP laws are both legally and morally controversial because they incarcerate individuals in anticipation of future predicted crimes. Their adoption of the civil commitment form appears to be ill-fitting and contrived. Most sex offenders are not incompetent and do not have the kinds of psychotic mental impairments that traditionally have justified civil commitment. SVP laws are “preventive detention”, accomplishing the morally and legally doubtful task of putting the “punishment” before the crime.”

Read the entire article here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(04)17641-1/fulltext

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