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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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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.

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?

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… Read more »

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!

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

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… Read more »

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.

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.… Read more »

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