They commit heinous sex crimes on children and women. They take online offers from children, hoping for sex. Their computers are libraries of pornography. Some decide to expose or relieve themselves in public. They are convicted of their crimes and sentenced. When they leave prison, they are forever known as sex offenders.
Their crimes are despicable. There is no disputing that. But how long should they live with the label and the past, if somehow they become legal and productive contributors in their communities? Our front page today displays a problem sexual offenders face every day: Where are they going to live? Nobody wants them — is that fair? In many cases, the answer is probably yes, that’s they way it should be. But for others, is another chance and a place to call home deserved? We believe they should be given the opportunity to live, not like animals, but somehow as normal a life as possible. Full Opinion Piece