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  •  The problem is (0+ / 0-)

    Unless we're going to lock people up for life who have committed sexual violence, we have to have some sort of sensible solution to the problem that doesn't involve indefinite detention.

    It's not a matter of "lock 'em up and throw away the key" or "let 'em loose and risk people's lives" - we need to find a way to protect the public without opening the door to massive constitutional violations.

    We can very well do both. But we have to be willing to find a way to do both.

    I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

    by eugene on Mon May 17, 2010 at 03:54:36 PM PDT

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    •  I'd certainly be in favor (2+ / 0-)
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      of mandatory life without parole for the perpetrators of sexually violent crimes. Some people are simply too dangerous to ever be free, and I've got no problem with having the law reflect that reality.

      Somehow, I doubt that many liberals will agree. I'd hope to be wrong in that... but I doubt that I am.


      "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
      "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

      by Leftie Gunner on Mon May 17, 2010 at 04:15:20 PM PDT

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      •  That's fine; it's what we do with mass murderers (0+ / 0-)

        All we can do is make sure the system is as well equipped as possible to identify terminal cases, and segregate them from people who were messed up by the fact that their fathers abused them and just needed some fixing up before they could be decent citizens.

        Arizona: The Sundown State

        by James Robinson on Tue May 18, 2010 at 09:19:02 AM PDT

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