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Kansas v. Hendricks

Significance, Kansas Law Applied To Hendricks, Court Upholds Law, Further Readings


State of Kansas


Leroy Hendricks

Petitioner's Claim

That the Kansas Sexually Violent Predator Act, which provides for civil commitment of persons convicted of crimes of sexual violence to be civilly committed to a mental institution for treatment, did not violate the Constitution.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Carla J. Stovall

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Thomas J. Weilert

Justices for the Court

Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas (writing for the Court)

Justices Dissenting

Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

23 June 1997


That the Kansas Sexually Violent Predator Act did not violate the defendant's rights to due process, and was not a criminal penalty which violated the Double Jeopardy and Ex Post Facto Clauses of the Constitution.

Related Cases

  • Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905).
  • Minnesota ex rel. Pearson v. Probate Court of Ramsey City, 309 U.S. 270 (1940).
  • Baxstrom v. Herold, 383 U.S. 107 (1966).
  • Schall v. Martin, 467 U.S. 253 (1984).
  • Allen v. Illinois, 478 U.S. 364 (1986).
  • Heller v. Doe, 509 U.S. 312 (1993).
  • California Department of Corrections v. Morales, 514 U.S. 499 (1995).

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