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NC: Facts about the sex offender registry

The N.C. Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry can be easily accessed by visiting the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office website. It’s the third menu button from the right underneath the cover photo. But what does it mean to be on the registry? Is it only for pedophiles or sexual perverts? Is is forever? Today’s Focus piece answers those questions and more. Full Article

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  1. ReadyToFight

    I couldn’t get through this one w/o getting a lil choked up.
    I’ll never understand how anyone could justify the registry let alone a life sentence on it.
    I wasn’t out of high school long when my life was taken away. The amount of trouble I was in over a mistake was news to me and terrifying every step of the way. The nightmare never ends. For what? At the time there wasn’t much info about the Registry but I hope today the school system does more to educate those walking out into the world of adults.
    “The possibility of freedom should be incentive enough to obey the rules”.
    We in CA have no incentive to follow the rules of an unjust system.

    • AlexO

      Reading all the articles on this website has taught me that no matter how oppressive most of us see the laws regarding RC’s here in CA, its seems like most, if not all, other states seem to have far worse restrictions. Unlike most of these other states, we at least have very few rules affecting us once we’re off supervision. Some of these other states seems like a complete nightmare, always. I can’t believe how bad things really are. How are all these things still legal?

      • Timmr

        We have little incentive, legally. Rather most of us, none. A lot of disincentives, though. Some are simply collateral consequense of being listed, like not gaining employment. If you get so many disincentives that life itself is unbearable, what’s the point of continuing to care about someone else? For me it is about doing no harm, but anyone can be desensitized by the constant cruelty to the point of not giving a damn. If you loose love of yourself, you are not going to care about others. Your ability to even think clearly is diminished by constant stress. If I didn’t see that the law makers and law enforcers as generally being ignorant and willfully blind to the research, because it might threaten their preconceptions threaten the lies that keep them employed, Iwould say they are willfully trying to make us offend.
        I often get this weird, humorous yet frightening feeling about it all. I feel you can regain sanity through resistence.

      • New Person

        When the SCOTUS says that “involuntary servitude” is legal, then there’s really nothing to stop any law makers.

        Remember, involuntary servitude is prohibited, unless to punish a crime. By changing the nomenclature of registration to a regulatory and not punitive act, then the regulatory act does not share the review of punishment. That’s what SCOTUS wanted to state for the law.

        “It’s like filling out a Price Club membership.” The problem here is that you cannot walk away from the membership. You’re still serving the state after your punitive custody has been completed. No one thinks that involuntary servitude can exist in today’s era. You get that feeling when the SCOTUS said that being on the registry isn’t the same as being put upon a stockade in town square. It’s much worse.

        The IML just made it that much worse. You’re in a stockade for the whole world!

        With punitive justice, you’re treated under the assumption you’re a human being and need to be still treated as such.

        With regulatory justice, well… it’s not really justice b/c it lowers that status as a citizen. You are still forced to serve the state as a free citizen. From the Government’s POV, you’re filling out paperwork like a membership. It loses context. It’s a membership for life in California. It’s a membership to a specific group of free citizens.

        There is no reset button here. You must sit in the back of the bus. You’ll be put into jail if don’t comply. You cannot represent this University’s baseball club. You’re a sex offender? Okay, your talent of going first to third rounds are gone. In fact, you won’t get drafted at all.

        There is no review for regulatory schemes. But fortunately, there is the “involuntary servitude” statute. If this isn’t punishment, then no law can compel any free citizen to continue any service to anyone. No law the take away the liberty of walking away from a service. Except, the SCOTUS said it can do just that!

  2. AJ

    “In fact, the list of restrictions for offenders can be complex, Wright said. She keeps large legal volumes that she constantly refers to in order to be certain about various situations.
    >>The county’s expert cannot keep things straight without repeatedly consulting “large legal volumes,” and yet they expect us to toe the line exactly.

    ““’If I’m what’s between a child and an offender, I’m willing to do the best I can,” she said. “And there are 200 people in this building to help me.’
    “Wright said one reason she goes to see the offenders, even when they aren’t at home, is to let them know they’re being watched. That keeps them on their p’s and q’s.
    “She said she went by one offender’s home and saw him mowing the grass. Later, she called him and said, ‘I see you mowed the yard.’ That let him know he had better keep his nose clean.”
    >>This lady has a way higher view of herself and her influence than she probably actually has. If she told me she saw I’d mowed the yard, I’d probably say, “yeah, it was getting long.”

    “The possibility of freedom should be incentive enough to obey the rules.”
    >>Well at least they admit we’re not actually free, despite having completed all court requirements.

    I think this article was trying to help ‘soften’ the image of RCs, but all I see is a miserably presented failure.

    –AJ

    • New Person

      From the article:
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      “Being on the registry affects their whole life and livelihood,” Wright explained. “I see men at their most desperate. If it weren’t the law, I’d feel sorry for them.”
      =========================

      See, that’s the odd thing. You’re a free person, but you’re still in custody of the state. You have to serve their rules, restrictions, and updates. No other free persons are subject to this unless it’s punishment. This law is what is domineering all registrants.

      She states it as fact – “If it weren’t for the law, I’d feel sorry for them.” It’s like segregation or slavery… “If it weren’t for the law, I’d feel sorry for them.”

      • AlexO

        Yeah, that was a weird comment. What does the law have to do with empathy?

      • David Kennerly, One-Man Thought Crime Wave

        “Being on the registry affects their whole life and livelihood,” Wright explained. “I see men at their most desperate. If it weren’t the law, I’d feel sorry for them.”

        Hannah Arendt would have had a field day with that quote. She would, no doubt, have seen it as illustrative of her own oft-quoted phrase “the banality of evil.” Cpl. Catha Wright is, after all, simply “doing her duty,” to quote Adolph Eichmann. And by doing it, she confirms the findings of several classic psychology experiments from the ’60s: the Stanford Prison Experiment and Stanley Milgram’s electric shock experiment.

        • AJ

          @David Kennerly
          Spot on.

          “If it weren’t the law, I’d feel sorry for them.”
          So she’s legally barred from feeling sorry for them? What a stupid statement. You either have empathy or you don’t, Ms. Wright. Nobody legislates that into you. Good grief.

          –AJ

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