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Sex offenders are among the most harshly punished criminals in the state, but how often does the punishment fit the crime?

In the past few years, the growth of incarceration and the inequality perpetuated through the US carceral system have become common topics of discussion and debate among academics, politicians, and the general public. Perhaps nowhere are these debates more salient than in the state of California, which houses the largest incarcerated population in the United States. In the most recent election, five out of 18 California ballot propositions addressed topics directly or indirectly related to incarceration; including the death penalty, felony sentencing, and ammunition possession. It seems we may finally be ready to talk about our prison problem. Full Article

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  1. New Person


    From a legal perspective, we are a country that purports to see all people as equal before the law, that forbids cruel and unusual punishment, and that, theoretically, allows people to move forward and put their pasts behind them once they serve their time. I believe that we should not get to pick and choose when to exercise these rights just because we find one crime more distasteful than another. In addition, sex offender laws have far-reaching consequences. They encourage vigilante “justice,” undermine our Constitution, and, ultimately, distract from serious political and economic problems, police violence, and from the myriad other everyday dangers and injustices that US citizens face more frequently and personally.

    The problem is that all these new laws do not represent “punishment”. This doctoral candidate did a great job of framing all of this, but it’s the fraud that all these new laws are considered regulatory and not punishment.

    • Ken Holleman

      The registry does not serve to protect anyone. it merely serves as a punishment perpetually keeping sex offenders at risk of vigilantism, unemployment and harassment. Furthermore it dilutes the actual intention of the registry which was to protect people from truly dangerous offenders, a small amt. Of offenders. By putting more than a half a million people on the registry, some for Lifetime for an incident that happened decades ago is absurd and counterproductive. Recidivism rates for sex offenders are among the lowest in the criminal Arena. Furthermore, public records are available to those who really want them. It would serve the public interest better to put people who are truly dangerous on the registry.
      The majority of most new sex offenders are committed by people who are family and friends of the victim not by S/O”s.
      Signed regrettably on the registry.. . Ken H.

  2. Eric Knight

    Rebecca DiBennardo, the doctoral candidate who wrote this piece, did so in a very professional manner. I would suggest that she be invited to an ACSOL meeting in the Los Angeles area so she can see the direct and personal effect these laws have on some of our citizens.

    • Janice Bellucci

      Based upon your recommendation, we have invited the author of this article to speak at the meeting on March 11 in Los Angeles and she has accepted.

      • New Person

        Wow!!!! Great job everyone who played a part in this! And i hope this helps to cement what the author has already transcribed.

  3. Federal laws related too

    There are the Federal legal aspects of this too for those who commit Federally related sex crimes on par with State related sex crimes that needs to be addressed as well. From the top down this needs to be addressed…..

  4. Tim Lawver

    The only way to stop this madness is through MASS DEMONSTRATION IN D.C.!!! Until that happens nothing will change PERIOD.

    • BA

      All this is very well said and another fine ARTICLE AND OPINION, please give us our travel rights back so we can leave the US. We then can decide which country with a democracy we want to live in, if with live with haters we become haters.

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