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  •  Agree. (3+ / 0-)

    As a society, we already have laws in place to manage and segregate those who are deemed dangerous to self or others.

    We punish people for crimes committed.  We don't punish them for crimes they might commit, or crimes they will probably commit.

    At least, that's what I was raised to believe was part of my national heritage.

    Hope and Change: get on the train or get off the tracks.

    by ozoozol on Mon May 17, 2010 at 01:06:22 PM PDT

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    •  This is supposed to be segregation (0+ / 0-)

      not punishment.

      We are taking someone who we believe cannot be preventing from victimizing more people and segregating him in a penal institution.

      If we thought we could "cure" this person we would, but we can't.

      I put "cure" in quotes because it is far from clear that this person is sick in any clinical sense.  He has certain sexual compulsions, but most of us have those and would have great difficulty complying with laws that prohibited us from satisfying them.  The problem is that his compulsions violate the law and victimize others.  In a society such as ancient Greece or the antebellum South if he owned slaves this person might be able to be a fine upstanding citizen.  In our society he is a menace.

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