Thursday, January 10, 2008

Daryl Alt Civil Commitment Looks Like A Done Deal

In October of last year Daryl Alt, a convicted murderer and convicted rapist who after raping his last victim, a 15-year-old girl left her for dead, was scheduled to be released from prison. Prior to his release the Olmsted County, Minnesota prosecutor's office filed paperwork to have him civilly committed at Minnesota's sexual offender treatment center in Saint Peter.

A judge ruled to to keep Alt incarcerated until his civil commitment hearing was resolved but rulings could be overturned.

That's why I was thrilled to get the following information from KTTC:

A new ruling says that convicted sex offender and murderer, 49 year-old Daryl Alt, will now spend the rest of his life committed and behind bars.

With the crimes Alt committed the criminal justice system should have assured this outcome, but because it didn't, civil commitments -- done responsibly -- need to be available for those whose cumulative actions and patterns make them too dangerous to ever free.

I watched a special not long ago on prison overcrowding and saw how California's 3 strikes law is being applied to criminals the originators of that law never intended so I'm not sure how to catch people like Alt in the criminal justice system without catching many others who do not pose this level of public safety risk.

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