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The Public Flaw in Megan’s Law

What illegal behavior is part of your past? Speeding? Underage drinking? Leaving a store with an item you didn’t pay for?

If you got caught, were you punished by a state-run website listing your offense and notifying others where you lived? Probably not. But what if those were your punishments? Would they have stopped your objectionable behavior in the future? Probably not.

Because public humiliation generally doesn’t work as a method of behavior modification. And that’s why Megan’s Law, which requires authorities to notify communities of the whereabouts of sex offenders, is a bad idea. Full Opinion Piece

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  1. WHAT I DID I DO TO DESERVE

    being on a registry?

    Nothing. Absolutely nothing. You’re on the registry because you either were found guilty, pled guilty/no contest, or took an Alford plea to a sexual crime. But nobody – absolutely nobody – deserves the public humiliation and harassment of the public registry.

  2. Bluewall

    I feel safer if DUI people got a DUI on their license plates, gang members, murders, and drug dealers, and addicts wearing a shock collar with a bright flashing yellow light on it… Why is it its only sex offenders that makes it on the news with registrations? Why isn’t the gang member and arsonist registry public online?

  3. Q

    My comment was not posted; as expected. I suppose they just want to hear hate comments, like “castrate them” and philosophical comments. I do not think I am being too hard, and I know I’m not being hateful. Just cold hard empirical facts with links to empirical studies. Here’s what I wrote.

    What you forgot to mention and take into account is the large number of people labeled “sex offender” that never did anything sexual. Empirical evidence clearly shows that the vast majority of people labeled “sex offender” have zero interest in children, and those that do have an attraction to children have a re offense rate of 5/10,000 of 1% per year; another way to put it is the percentage of people on the registry that do not re offend is 99.9995%.
    http://sosen.org/2014/01/20/who-really-commits-new-sex-crimes.html

    By comparison, 1 in 116 police officers are cited for misconduct, 13% are sex related. Estimates tell us there are 800,000 police officers in the USA; over a six month period that equals 893 sex offenses committed by a police officer. “whats that? Don’t believe me?” Then do your homework and learn the truth. Strangers commit less than 2% of all sex offenses, while police officers commit 3%. The vast majority of sex offenses are committed by people not on the registry and the majority of new sex offenses are committed by someone familiar with the victim.
    http://www.ucimc.org/content/national-police-misconduct-statistics-released

    My point is that the registry is a pointless, useless, waste of time and money (as empirical evidence proves) and if anyone is willing to wake up they will see that politicians make John Q public think there is a danger and they will protect them, (“just vote for me so I can keep my job and waste your money by giving you a false sense of security while trashing all things in the constitution and Bill of rights that scores upon scores of heroes died died defending”) which is nothing less than a crock.

    If Adam Walsh and every other child these laws are named after knew what was being done in their name I’m sure they would not approve. Below is a link to a child’s video describing the hell her life is because of the registry. THE REGISTRY HARMS INNOCENT CHILDREN.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0Z-mMpVWb4

    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCprVHSlYyIvXNdcfhJXrvMA

    Look up the Nuremberg Laws while your at it. You might be surprised!

    “Perhaps they do not wish to hear the truth about police officers?!?!?, I don’t know.

  4. Why just sexual offenders?

    Actually, some states do register other categories of offender. There was even a push for registries for animal abusers recently. This is another strong reason why we must stand up and fight. Once the public has grown to accept such a terrible infringement on one group’s liberties, the government will feel free to take that liberty from others – all in the interest of public safety and the common good, of course!

    • Tim

      No one will ever get beyond their past, no matter how hard they work at it, which is against the American ideal.

    • Q

      Hi Why just sexual offenders;
      I haven’t ever heard of other registerable offences other than arson. I hate to be the bringer of bad news, but the public has already grown to accept such a terrible infringement on one group’s liberties, and that group is the people on the sex offender registry, in other words us! There was an attempt to create a dangerous dog registry, but they did not want to expose the dog owners to the terrible results that come with being on a registry. Imagine that; dogs are thought of more highly than us. That was Orange County, by the way. No surprise there, now is there?

  5. Tim

    Because we are a myth in people’s minds. It’s really hard to break a cultural myth. It becomes a religion. So we have to think of a strategy to break with the myth.

    • Q

      Hi Tim;
      I totally agree with you’r line of thinking. The problem being is I have never heard the people on this site or any other site saying “lets come together and develop a strategy to combat the ignorance and injustice being perpetrated upon us.” I hear it in articles once in a while, but I never hear anyone pick up on it and suggest we do something. Together. As a group.
      I posted what I think is a pretty good idea over in the “International Travel-Mexico” thread. I got I think it got 2 thumbs up on that one. There doesn’t seem to be any interest, which I find disturbing. What I do is comment on many of the sites these articles are taken from, citing empirical studies, as well as my own experience.
      I get the feeling most people would rather just go to a CA-RSOL meeting, throw some $ in the basket, and let Janice and a few others do the all work. I think if a group of us got together and chose articles to comment on as individuals at the same time it would help. We could also send letters en mass to lawmakers and other politicians and get our voice up a couple of decibels. I go to some articles and it is heartening to see the number of posts that opinion in our favor, and I wish that more of us would post on the ones with the hate comments. The ones that do not post our thoughts, well, we could flood the editor in chief with complaints, which could make a difference if done with consistency. Just some thoughts………..

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