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Court: State Must Release Sex Offenders

January 27, 2009 Comments off (Iowa) : Court Says State Must Release Sex Offenders.

January 26, 2009–The Iowa Department of Corrections says it must immediately release more than a dozen sex offenders from prison. The move comes following a pair of Iowa Supreme Court rulings made last week.

Prison officials kept fifteen sex offenders locked up for not completing their treatment program. But the state’s high court ruled the department can only suspend an inmates’ “earned time” if their offense was committed after January 2001. The decision means the fifteen offenders have served their time.

Officials say all fifteen will be released in the next 48 hours. (editorial) : Constitution protects even sex offenders. The lesson in this sudden release of 15 inmates should not be obscured by the nature of their crimes: Constitutional rights belong to everyone, and Iowa’s courts deserve credit for recognizing that.

Every one of these people should sue the state!