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The “Sex Offender” Regime is Cruel and Unusual Punishment

If it’s true that all seven of the football players arrested for hazing in the Sayreville, New Jersey, War Memorial High School locker room are students of color, that is one more reason not to prosecute them as sexual felons. I don’t mean not to prosecute them in adult court. I mean not to prosecute them at all.

If they’re guilty, they should be disciplined by the school, kicked off the Bombers team, and held accountable to their victims by making amends in words and deeds. But the punishment the state will mete out far outweighs the transgression. For kids who are 15 to 17 years old, it will be life crushing. Full Article

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  1. NPS

    The sex offender registry is a form of domestic terrorism (defined as the use of violence and/or intimidation in the pursuit of political aims).

  2. ab

    Very well written and right to the point.

  3. Tired of hiding

    Crush them now…it will just save them from disappointment later in life by getting it over early.

  4. Tim

    Just the information I was looking for, people of color are disproportionately affected by these Megan’s Laws. I had looked for some such study, but couldn’t find it. It’s as much as I had assumed. This is more proof that the laws are based on perception not reality, have nothing to do with supporting public safety, but rather with instituting cultural stereotypes.

  5. Tim

    But answering personal violence with state-sanctioned violence won’t make anyone any less violent.

    “For kids, it’s just as likely to make them angrier, less empathetic, and stripped of hope.”
    I would add, this is also true for adults.
    “…held accountable to their victims by making amends in words and deeds.”
    This approach worked wonders for keeping my family together and promoting healing for all involved. The unending punishments of being on the registry tend to undo any healing attempted by the parties involved, results in ongoing suffering, and tear apart families.

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