The Nebraska Supreme Court issued a ruling this morning on a controversial state law dealing with sex offenders.
The state law aims to curb sexual violence and has now survived its first major legal challenge. Nebraska’s high court ruled the law passed in 2006 does NOT equate to double-jeopardy, nor does it violate the equal-protection clause of the U-S Constitution.
The multi-faceted law lets the state commit inmates who are considered likely to commit more crimes to inpatient treatment, even after their prison terms are served.
An unnamed Nebraska sex offender argued his commitment in 2007 was essentially punishing him twice for the same crime. He was convicted in 2000 of repeatedly sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s daughter over half a decade.