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Do Sex Offender Registration Laws Do Any Good?

Last month a federal judge ruled that certain aspects of Michigan’s Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA) are unconstitutionally vague. Sex offenders, for example, are forbidden to live, work, or “loiter” within 1,000 feet of “school property.” U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland noted that such “school safety zones” are not clearly defined, making it difficult to comply with the law. He said the term loiter is vague as well: Does it apply, say, to people attending their children’s parent-teacher conferences or their grandchildren’s school plays? Cleland said two other rules—requiring registrants to report all email addresses they “routinely used” and all vehicles they “regularly operated”—presented similar compliance challenges. “SORA was not enacted to serve as a trap for individuals who have committed sex offenses,” he wrote. “Rather, the goal is public safety, and public safety would only be enhanced by the government ensuring that registrants are aware of their obligations.” Full Article

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I’ve been saying for quite some time now, “show me one documented instance where the sex offender registry has saved “just one child” from a sexual offense or prevented any kind of sex offense.” The Judge seems to realize how misguided these registries really are. “SORA was not enacted to serve as a trap for individuals who have committed sex offenses,” he wrote. “Rather, the goal is public safety, and public safety would only be enhanced by the government ensuring that registrants are aware of their obligations.” Actually, there is no evidence they have stopped anything; let alone a “sex… Read more »

Yes. Sex offender legislation is good. Here’s why: It easily tells us which politicians are in it for the greater good, or to ensure their continued office, or being elected into office. It lets us know who the hypocrites or future hypocrites are. (Those who bark the loudest, are usually the ones guilty. I learned that in prison, by the way. We have a long list of people who pushed hard for these crazy laws and we later find out their skeletons) It proves that history does repeat itself. It helps me figure out who my real friends are faster… Read more »

Well said…I especially loved the part about moving into his old house!

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