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For Juvenile Sex Offenders, State Registries Create Lifetime Of Problems

____ ____ is about to become a family man and he couldn’t be happier. He’s 25 and he lives in a suburb of Dallas with his fiancée, who’s due to have their baby practically any minute. They’ve already picked out a name: Raven.

In most ways they are a normal family. Except for one thing. Until last year, Hampton was a registered sex offender. Full Article

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  1. LM

    Megan’s Law creates a lifetime of problems for everyone, not just “juveniles.”

    Let’s not cherry-pick and dance around the issue here.

  2. mike r

    Exactly. It’s ok to try and punish juveniles as adults but not to subject them to the registry. It’s not ok for anyone…we need alternatives to rehabilitate all people adult and juveniles instead of the torture process we now employ. Our justice system is barbaric and draconian it does nothing to rehabilitate anyone and just punishes and tortures people. Sure its what were stuck with at this time in history but it needs to change completely and focus on rehabilitation instead of just punishment. Get out of the dark ages and move toward a better future.

    • Timmr

      Yes, there are alternatives that are promising. Thing is there is no incentive for the people making both political and financial hay off the prison industrial complex to support a system that actually keeps people out of the system; and the public, who have to pay for it, and have a stake in safer communities, are kept continually scared by the media. Their children are held hostage. They are told that if they don’t get tougher on crime then the bogey man is going to whisk their children away. Maybe if this nation focuses more on the Gross National Happiness rather than the Gross Nation Product we will see that making a whole lot of former offender’s lives miserable and at the same time continually scaring the crap out of the rest, is doing nothing but making a few wealthy at the expense of the many. And that can’t be good for the general welfare of this nation.

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