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Judges Are Starting to Question Overzealous Sex-Offender Laws

There’s a stark divide between lawmakers and experts when it comes to laws which restrict where registered sex offenders can live. Cities and states all around the country have enthusiastically banned offenders from living too close to schools — and introduced other, similarly oriented restrictions — on the grounds that such legislation is a common-sense way to help keep kids safe. Experts, on the other hand, have insisted that these laws at the very least don’t reduce recidivism, and could have the opposite of the intended effect, increasing the odds of sex offenders victimizing more children. Full Article

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MI: Court voids state sex offender registry for imposing unconstitutionally retroactive punishment [UPDATED]

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  1. Clark

    Its proof the separation of powers Works.
    Democracy can work if some states allow it…
    The Constitution Works.

    • nomore

      Democracy is the poison that helps cause tragedies like the registry. It’s tyranny of the majority. If more people respected the rights of the individual, instead of “we have more numbers than you so you do what we want”, we might not be in this mess. But yes, separations of powers and the Constitution won the day in this case. It was and is a great thing to see!

      • Malcolm

        So very true. That is why the United States is a Republic and NOT a democracy. Democracy is nothing more than mob rule. It’s pretty much like two wolves and a sheep being asked what they want for dinner.

        A Republic protects the individual or minority from the misguided and harmful decisions of the majority, in affect telling the wolves that as much as they would like lamb for dinner they will need to move on to something else.

        When the system is working correctly it indeed does protect the few from the many, Cases concerning gay marriage for instance have found that just because the majority of voters in a state wanted to ban it, that would be an infringement on the minority and could not stand. Some called it legislating from the bench, but indeed it was the system working at it’s best.

        It is a breath of fresh air to see that the courts are now starting to go back to the job at hand. Basing judicial decisions on religious belief, personal prejudice, or pressure from the general public has no place in our court system. This return to applying the constitution without prejudice regardless of what popular opinion may be, shows the true strength of our system as it was designed. I hope that this trend will continue.

        With the proper separation of powers it becomes impossible for the legislative branch to pass and enforce laws which are hollow and infringe on the rights of each individual of this county. You could not bring back via legislation, nor popular vote, the practice of slavery. It is time that the judiciary correct the mistakes made in the past and find that the registry is indeed punitive and must be abolished. No person who has served his time to the state should have his rights infringed upon for any reason.

        And thank you Janice for always standing up for all of us. You are a godsend and appreciated more than you know. Hopefuly these new rulings will give you even more ammunition in your arsenal to help defeat all of the unjust and unconstitutional laws that exist agains us.

  2. Timmr

    I remember mentioning a while ago on this site that the government fails to do cost benefit analysis instead of playing word games when assessing the value of sex offender laws. I am happy this court has proven me wrong.

  3. Adrian

    I just got out of prison and cant live with my wife and kids. My kids were not a part of the case i was convicted og nor am i a threat to them. Im in California can cdcr do this to me ? This has put me homeless and help less ive done all they ask of me please help.

    • nomore

      I’m sorry for you Adrian. I can’t imagine the anguish you must feel. Hopefully someone will take up cases like yours. It’s just another example of the many forms of punishment that the registry inflicts on people.

      • Adrian

        Is there any direction u might no 4 me to take?

        • nomore

          Only one but it would require money possibly. You might contact W.A.R to see what they say or maybe Janice directly.

          WAR is women against registry.

          Just don’t give up, it may take some doing.

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