There is perhaps no more reviled crime in America today than sexual assault, especially on a minor. When a person is found guilty of sexual assault, he or she is forced to register as a “sex offender,” often a lifelong designation. Yet, is this a good thing?
The modern sex offender laws were born out of the “tough on crime” period of the 1990s. The laws require those designated as sex offenders to inform a community when they move into a neighborhood, makes their name and address public information, and often limits if they can travel. So while it serves as an added “punishment” for sex offenders, this was not the laws’ intent.
These laws were passed in order to keep kids safe and to ensure that law enforcement knows of any sex offenders in an area if a crime against a child is reported. It was also thought that these laws would help prevent sex offenders from committing further crimes. So, does it work? Full Article