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Supreme Court upholds lifetime post-release supervision in Lawrence case

March 7, 2014

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— The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the lifetime post-release supervision of a Lawrence man who is serving time for raping a child.

In 2011, Steve Williams was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in connection with the rape of a 6-year-old girl.

Williams was also sentenced to 34 months in prison on a conviction of exploitation of a child for possessing child pornography.

In the child pornography case, Williams was also sentenced to a lifetime of post-release supervision should he ever leave prison. He challenged that sentence as cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. and state constitutions.

But the state Supreme Court rejected that claim, noting lower court decisions that say lifetime supervision serves a societal purpose by requiring that offenders receive treatment and avoid situations where they may be tempt to offend again.

Comments

Leslie Swearingen 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Excellent decision. I would hope this would save another six year old from suffering the same agony that this girl went though.

I have no sympathy for someone who could do that to a child, and either not be aware of how she is hurting, physically, mentally and emotionally, or else he just didn't care.

Maybe we will have to face the reality that some people are born evil just as some people are born saints with the rest of us in between and liable to shift in either direction. Somethings should be seen in black and white. In this case their is no shade of grey, its red.

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