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Why the sex offender registry isn’t the right way to punish rapists

There are two parts to any criminal sentence for any crime involving sex. There’s the standard sentence: prison time or probation. As soon as the first sentence ends, the second one begins.

After getting released from prison, an ex-offender has to sign up for his state’s sex offender registry. If he moves to another state, he’ll have to sign up there too. Depending on the state and the seriousness of the crime, his name, picture, and information will be publicly listed for all to see — permanently. Full Article

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  1. Mike

    Good article overall, but completely ignores the difference between the criminal and civil legal systems. Would bolster the arguments made to mention that the whole legal basis of the registration system is based on civil law which by design / precedent leaves punishment in the domain of the criminal legal system.

  2. Robert

    “It’s illegal for people to use sex offender registries for harassment. But they’re encouraged to use them for social stigma.”

    Amazing article. Very well researched and written.

  3. Robert

    This article states that the Adam Walsh Act of 2006 was for a little boy named Adam Walsh who was raped and killed by and adult. Adam Walsh was murdered by a man named Otis Toole who admitted he abducted and murdered Adam but did not sexually abuse him. He was given multiple polygraph tests and passed every one

    • David Kennerly

      Ottis (not “Otis”, oddly enough, and pronounced AH-tis) Toole was completely nuts; he had a very low I.Q., was a fire-starter, a psychopath and fantasist who killed, it would seem, for sheer enjoyment. There is no evidence to suggest he was attracted to young boys (and Adam Walsh was the only youngster he was thought to have killed). He was homosexual but seems only to have had relations with men as well as attempts to have relations with women (in which he was said to be entirely inadequate).

      There is no evidence that he had sex with Adam, nor that his motives in kidnapping him were sexual. Instead, it was an opportunity to snuff the life out of yet another human being, which he took.

      Still, John Walsh has insisted that Toole was “a child molester” and a “pedophile” and used this allegation to help build his lucrative empire of hysteria and to fundamentally re-order the criminal justice system and American society around a grotesquely distorted view of pedophilia in which those possessing it are assumed to be sociopathic serial killers.

      There is overwhelming evidence for why his vision is completely intellectually bankrupt yet no rebuttal to it is tolerated in the media or in society.

      • Timmr

        Sexual attraction, violence and sadism always are linked together in the American psyche, promulgated by the myth making media and applied to all registrants, regardless of situation. What is wrong with people that they have to project their own sick assumptions onto real events? Where do these assumptions come from but out of the buried fantasies of those making them.

        • Harry

          Timmr said…”Where do these assumptions come from but out of the buried fantasies of those making them.” Yes, they do, much of the assumption base laws are beyond actual behaviors of sex offenders. I think it is a refection of a mirror of desiring to act out, however, situations have not provided the opportunities for their darkness.

  4. Mr G

    If you want to make money, go around and buy houses for S.O. but let the neighborhoods have an opportunity to buy the house for a mark up price. Make sure to set up a camera system to sue those people who start vandalizing the home.

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