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Sex Offender Ruling Causing Controversy

by: Kristen Guilfoos

Amarillo, Texas - A controversial supreme court ruling is designed to make our community a safer place to live.

NewsChannel 10's Kristen Guilfoos has more on the recent ruling involving sex offenders. 

It's called civil confinement... And it means if the court decides someone is likely to re-offend, they can be kept locked up past their release date, perhaps indefinitely, forcing them to go through a treatment program.

The ACLU says this violates an offender's rights, and once their sentence is over, they should be free to go. But the Randall County DA James Farren disagrees, saying it's something we desperately need.

"This is not a punishment. The prison time was punishment. This is preventative. This is a proactive step to number one try to help them get better, and number two, to protect future victims and our communities from having victims at the hands of these people."

Texas has had a law like this one on the books for a while, but this ruling now gives federal officials the same power.

That means it will fill in all the gaps not covered by state law, things like if an incident happens on an indian reservation, or on a military base or if for whatever reason a state case has to be tried in federal court.

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