Hendricks and the Future of Sex Offender Commitment Laws
Eric S. Janus
William Mitchell College of Law
Developments in Mental Health Law, Vol. 18, Nos. 1 & 2, p. 1, 1988
William Mitchell Legal Studies Research Paper
The Supreme Court's decision in Kansas v. Hendricks suggests that few constitutional limitations will be imposed. This article discusses the four elements imposed by the Court in Hendricks, and then discusses the likely implications of the decision, using civil commitment laws currently on the books and actual post-Hendricks decisions. The article concludes that the imbalance between commitments and discharges will cause commitment populations to grow over the foreseeable future. Eventually the huge costs of commitment schemes will force serious assessment of whether the facial logic of these programs hides seriously distorted resource allocation and anti-therapeutic side-effects.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 4
Keywords: Sex-Offender, Civil Commitment, Systematized Risk Assessment, Kansas v. Hendricks, Mental Disorder, in re Linehan, Young v. WestonAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 3, 2010
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