This Law Summary begins with a brief overview of the clinical treatment of sexual predators. The clinical background section enhances the discussion of legislation and jurisprudence because the adjudication of an individual as a sexually violent predator, in many states, involves testimony form medical experts and findings as to the individual’s ability to control his behavior, and, consequently, the likelihood that he will re-offend if he is released. This Law Summary then describes the legislative and judicial responses to sexual predators as well as the United States Supreme Court’s interpretation of sexually violent predator statutes and its declaration of their constitutionality. Finally, the last section illuminates potential flaws in the Court’s and the legislatures’ reasoning and proposes one possible solution.
Julia C. Walker,
Freedom Is to Confinement as Twilight Is to Dusk: The Unfortunate Logic of Sexual Predator Statutes,
67 Mo. L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/mlr/vol67/iss4/9