Friday, June 18, 2010

Texas Sex Offenders?

"Texas has been unconstitutionally designating some prison inmates as sexual criminals without giving them an appropriate hearing the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday. The ruling could affect as many as 6,900 prison inmates who never have been convicted of a sex offense although they may be sexual predators. ... [Raul] Meza was not allowed to see the evidence against him or have a hearing before the board. ... Meza says he cannot get out of incarceration in a Travis County Correctional Complex because the terms of his release require a parole officer to accompany him at all times. ... The 5th Circuit noted that in previous cases it has ruled that inmates cannot be designated as a sex offender without a due process hearing. ... But the state does not allow inmates to review the record that is used to designate them as sex offenders or to put additonal provisions on their parole. ... Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokewoman Michelle Lyons said the agency plans to review the ruling with the Texas Attorney General's Office to see what step to take next", RG Ratcliffe at the Houston Chronicle, 22 May 2010, link:

Hearing my ass. How about a conviction? Texas' BPP got slammed recently for similar actions, my 8 November 2009 post:

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