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Have Sex-Offender Registries Gone Too Far?

Some 800,000 registered sex offenders can’t live near parks or schools — or sometimes even in the homes of their own parents. Is it time to re-visit sex-offender registries that cast a wide net and often treat juvenile offenders as if they were adults? Full Article

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  1. Q

    “Sexual abuse is an especially heinous crime?” Well, that depends on what you consider “sex.” And is murder an “especially heinous crime?” Funny; I never hear the press or political types talk about crusades to stamp out murder. They just talk about it as a matter of course.

    I never considered a chick showing her stuff at a sporting event a crime, let alone a “heinous crime,” or someone relieving themselves behind a building a crime. Where else in the world are these two acts prosecuted as a crime with such devastating and “heinous” consequences? I also have to wonder if there would be “unwavering popular support for tough penalties” for murderers and drunk drivers, drug dealers, corrupt business leaders and bankers if the politicians and news media would quit talking about registrants (with the lowest re-offense rate of all crime? categories) and start talking about these other crimes once in a while.

    The facts don’t line up with their (politicians) claims. And it seems all these claims only come from people who get to where they are through an election or otherwise have something to gain.

  2. Anonymous Nobody

    This is a HUGE problem – the very outlook of this article. Yes, of course sex offender registries have taken it too far – the mere existence of a sex offender registry is too far. But this article implicitly suggests registration is fine, even any of various collateral disabilities are fine, only certain ones, such as residency restrictions, are taking it too far.

    No! Never. Any sex offender registry is taking it too far. And any collateral disability is only worse. It is not only the worst of the worst collateral disabilities that are taking it too far.

    This is one of the concepts I argue against CA RSOL all the time, often in recent times about the wrong-headed approach to tiers. For instance, we cannot be supporting assessments for tiers, there should be no assessments, they should be tied directly to the offense, and an assessment comes into play only if you apply to be in a lower tier — you cannot be assessed upward, only downward, according to you offense. But CA RSOL is supportive of everyone being assessed! No! The assessments are a MAJOR evil, they are going to haunt us for may decades to come, they are going to be turned into a weapon (imagine George Runner or his senator wife taking charge of assessments!) and be harder to fight than the fight we already have. We cannot promote them now.

    We cannot say some things are acceptable. We can accept a compromise on this or that FOR NOW, but we cannot say it is acceptable. This implicit endorsement in this article of registration and most of the collateral disabilities is BAD news for us, not good news. The “good” news here in opposing residency restrictions is merely a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  3. Robert Curtis

    Below is an interesting article on how illegals are not put on the registry or requirement to register… so, the registry is selectively applied and enforced? First according to Senator Janet Nygen who fought against a registry for dogs that attack people in Orange County as a supervisor… now we have illegals are off the thing too… So the registry isn’t fit for man, beast or illegals…again please remind me why I must register?

    • David

      @Robert: I bet that undocumented (illegal as result of charges) immigrant released by I.C.E. will have a much easier time finding employment than a U.S.-born citizen Registrant.

    • mch

      Apparently we were just born in the wrong country?

  4. David

    Good segment. Definitely worth listening to b/c it makes very good points about Registry. ____ met the girl over “Hot or Not” and now he can’t use the Internet for 5 years. If a drug dealer flushes the drugs as the Popo break down the door, is he not allowed to use indoor plumbing for 5 years? If the dealer’s clients made deals over a cellphone, no cell phone for 5 years??

    An interesting note: one of the commentators points out that 25% of those listed on Registries are minors between age 11 and 17 yrs old. (True? IDK) The segment also mentions: Static-99; Gunderson Foundation; residency requirements; prosecutors NOT filing charges against children because they feel the Registry for minors is too punitive; etc.

    • Timmr

      You know your comments and this article got me thinking, it is more like these laws threat adults like children more than vice versa. OK, no internet for you Johnny, no visiting parks for you Billy. Jane, we have to put you in a corner away from everyone and put a big cap with a scarlet SO on your head, so you can feel soooooo ashamed of what you did.
      In effect the state becomes your parent, and they even expect you to tell them when you leave town or go to another country.

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