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Editorial: Shackling sex offenders for life is no way to administer justice.

Many sex offenders in Missouri are finding themselves shackled for life to the state’s criminal justice system, even though some pleaded guilty or were convicted before a law tethering them to GPS monitoring ankle bracelets existed. The law took effect Jan. 1 but is being applied retroactively to crimes committed on or after Aug. 28, 2006.Full Article

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  1. mike r

    This can’t continue..Lifetime parole-probation, lifetime shackles, lifetime reporting and contact with police, lifetime restrictions of all sorts, castration, civil commitment, travel bans, no right to bear arms to protect ourselves and our families, it’s got to end..help me end it..
    https://www.gofundme.com/constrights
    Maybe I can start a class action or just get help with my own case that will set precedents for others.feel free to share or ignore it but something has to change…

    • Joe123

      This ^ is what I have been talking about. A class action lawsuit is exactly what is needed against the US government for allowing this modern day Slavery to continue. It really feels disgusting living in a country like this. I will gladly donate to any campaign that is going to throw lawsuits at these useless, worthless lawmakers and anyone else part of this Fascism regime.

    • Joe123

      I would talk with Janice, and any other lawyers that previously pushed back on these asinine Laws. You can let them know that you have plans to put together a class action lawsuit and show them the Motion. I would also make the motion more obvious on the site, as I didn’t find it the first time I looked. Have people with experience look this over, maybe they’ll do it pro bono. I believe NARSOL has filed some type of similar motion, I would contact them. I believe you have a foundation here, it just needs the right partners to help make it happen. $100K seems steep for a lawsuit. This will need to be circulated online, with a good GoFundMe write up (current version is lacking), and then people will donate. I’m just throwing some ideas out to help, I like what you have done so far.

      • HOOKSCAR

        Just to let you know, I have tried to get in touch with Janice, but her #’s mailbox is always full. I have also talked with numerous attorneys about how, we in San Diego county are subject to a compliance check every year,but in other counties RC’s are not harassed as often.
        I thought there was “equal” protection under the law. Don’t fool yourself, NOBODY gives a 💩. Look at what is happening with the tiered bill.

  2. AJ

    “The law should not treat sex offenders lightly, particularly since scientific data suggests many are likely to offend again.”

    The editorial says this, but their reference link counters that statement. Only if one includes both sex- and non-sex-related re-offense do the numbers in their citation become anything. That all said, it’s good to see a major paper such as the Post-Dispatch putting out an op-ed like this.

    I’d add a comment to their op-ed, but since I’m not on FB (thanks, but I like my privacy Mr. Zuckerberg), I cannot. One more reason Packingham needs to be found unconstitutional: one cannot even provide commentary to online free-press items.

    –AJ

  3. T

    I believe the Sex offender Registry has contributed greatly to the US mass incarceration worse than the war on drugs epidemic.

  4. Nondescript

    Yes, and we have the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws to thank partly for that . They increased the size and presence of federal control agencies, pushed through mandatory sentencing laws and snuck in no-knock warrants ( compliance checks). Except for criminal asset seizure/ forfeiture , they are using the same blueprint. If they could have figured out a way to justify confiscating someone’s whole house because they suspected a computer inside was used in committing a sex crime they would have.

    I see the registry as a shift away from them having to endure the costs of incarceration ( food, medical, staff etc) by forcing people to imprison themselves psychologically and on so many different levels. Like the unicorn in captivity, we are.

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