Seems like a fair enough law.
Shawn Sullivan faced spending the rest of his life behind bars under a controversial sex offenders’ programme in the US, but two senior judges said this would amount to a “flagrant denial” of his rights.
If convicted, he\’d serve his sentence, then be put into a sex offenders institution.
“Civil commitment is not a penal or criminal sanction; it is rather a means by which the State can protect the community from dangerous behaviour that the committed individual is unable to control.”
The court was told that no one had ever been released from the treatment programme in Minnesota since it was set up in 1988.
This \”fair trial\” lark, this civil liberties stuff, means that if you\’re fairly tried, found guilty, then sentenced, well, you did the crime so do the time. If the sentence is life inside so be it.
But if the sentence isn\’t, having served whatever the sentence is then you have to be let out, not locked up indefinitely on hte basis that you are a bad \’un.
For this civil liberties shtick means that you get setnenced for what it is proven you have done. Not for what you might potentially do in the future. And yes, this does apply to paedos just as much as anyone else.
All we need to do now is have a look at the European Arrest Warrant to see whether all our fellow EU jurisdictions offer the same protections as our own system. Unlikely that they do, eh?