Sex offenders are among the most harshly punished criminals in the state, but how often does the punishment fit the crime?

In the past few years, the growth of incarceration and the inequality perpetuated through the US carceral system have become common topics of discussion and debate among academics, politicians, and the general public. Perhaps nowhere are these debates more salient than in the state of California, which houses the largest incarcerated population in the United States. In the most recent election, five out of 18 California ballot propositions addressed topics directly or indirectly related to incarceration; including the death penalty, felony sentencing, and ammunition possession. It seems we may finally be ready to talk about our prison problem. Full Article

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From a legal perspective, we are a country that purports to see all people as equal before the law, that forbids cruel and unusual punishment, and that, theoretically, allows people to move forward and put their pasts behind them once they serve their time. I believe that we should not get to pick and choose when to exercise these rights just because we find one crime more distasteful than another. In addition, sex offender laws have far-reaching consequences. They encourage vigilante “justice,” undermine our Constitution, and, ultimately, distract from serious political and economic problems, police violence, and from the myriad other everyday dangers and injustices that US citizens face more frequently and personally.

The problem is that all these new laws do not represent “punishment”. This doctoral candidate did a great job of framing all of this, but it’s the fraud that all these new laws are considered regulatory and not punishment.

Rebecca DiBennardo, the doctoral candidate who wrote this piece, did so in a very professional manner. I would suggest that she be invited to an ACSOL meeting in the Los Angeles area so she can see the direct and personal effect these laws have on some of our citizens.

There are the Federal legal aspects of this too for those who commit Federally related sex crimes on par with State related sex crimes that needs to be addressed as well. From the top down this needs to be addressed…..

The only way to stop this madness is through MASS DEMONSTRATION IN D.C.!!! Until that happens nothing will change PERIOD.

can anyone help me, if not I would still like to comment on this article. my son was a first time offender, never in trouble before and was caught up in a conspiracy with a bunch of people for human trafficking(minors included), my son was 21 years old, these girls were involved in prostitution before and after he came into the picture, it makes it no better and I understand his crimes were serious, one of the young ladies testified and took all the blame off of everyone and said my son was the “head guy” in all of this. he was very poorly represented, and a month before his jury selection was to start he was given a new attorney without him asking or knowing why. so his new attorney not being at his preliminary, not have anything near enough time to study his case, convinced my son to plea to one human trafficking count and take 15 years to life. he told my son if they went to trial he was so unprepared that my son would lose and get 70+life . my son was young and stupid and I know factually that he did not force of trafficking anyone, he was severely railroaded and he keeps asking me to seek help and I feel so powerless.