The Iowa Court of Appeals has rejected lawsuits from two men who are being kept under lock and key because they’ve been identified as “violent sexual predators.” After several high-profile sex crimes committed by people who’d been released from prison, the Iowa Legislature passed a law which set up a “civil commitment” process that keeps sexual predators locked up even after they’ve served their time. The Iowa Court of Appeals has reviewed two cases which protest the use of personality tests in determining whether convicts up for parole are kept indefinitely. The Court said such personality tests were o-k to consider among several factors, but couldn’t be used as the sole basis for keeping someone behind bars. The Court’s ruling means the men will remain behind bars because they’ve been judged to suffer from a “mental abnormality” which makes them likely to commit another violent sex crime.
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