Occasionally we come across a case where an individual asks for some unorthodox relief. A case out of the District of Arizona, United States v. Self, is such as case.
Richard Self asked the court to order him civilly committed upon his release because, “he has no intention of registering as a sex offender “for something he did not do,” and he will be homeless upon release.”
The court, “acknowledges the difficult situation Mr. Self will be in upon his release from prison. But the Court simply has no authority to order him civilly committed.” It’s a sad reality that many people would rather remain locked up than live “free” as a registrant.