July 22, 2012

Due Process - "Sexual Predators: Civil Commitment"

Convicted of a crime, sentenced and jailed. You do your time, and you're released - right? Well, not necessarily, if the state decides that you're a sexually violent predator. New Jersey's one of just 20 states with civil commitment for some sex offenders. And though the U.S. Supreme Court has said it's legal, the jury's still out on whether it's sound public policy - or even effective.

On this edition of Due Process, Sandra King's mini-doc takes us inside a civil commitment detention center, introducing us to a "patient" who maxed out after 15 years in prison - but has remained locked up for the 7 years since.

Then Raymond Brown takes the debate inside the studio where Seton Hall Law Prof. Kip Cornwell faces off against Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Furlong.

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