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NC: Facts about the sex offender registry

The N.C. Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry can be easily accessed by visiting the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office website. It’s the third menu button from the right underneath the cover photo. But what does it mean to be on the registry? Is it only for pedophiles or sexual perverts? Is is forever? Today’s Focus piece answers those questions and more. Full Article

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I couldn’t get through this one w/o getting a lil choked up. I’ll never understand how anyone could justify the registry let alone a life sentence on it. I wasn’t out of high school long when my life was taken away. The amount of trouble I was in over a mistake was news to me and terrifying every step of the way. The nightmare never ends. For what? At the time there wasn’t much info about the Registry but I hope today the school system does more to educate those walking out into the world of adults. “The possibility of… Read more »

Reading all the articles on this website has taught me that no matter how oppressive most of us see the laws regarding RC’s here in CA, its seems like most, if not all, other states seem to have far worse restrictions. Unlike most of these other states, we at least have very few rules affecting us once we’re off supervision. Some of these other states seems like a complete nightmare, always. I can’t believe how bad things really are. How are all these things still legal?

We have little incentive, legally. Rather most of us, none. A lot of disincentives, though. Some are simply collateral consequense of being listed, like not gaining employment. If you get so many disincentives that life itself is unbearable, what’s the point of continuing to care about someone else? For me it is about doing no harm, but anyone can be desensitized by the constant cruelty to the point of not giving a damn. If you loose love of yourself, you are not going to care about others. Your ability to even think clearly is diminished by constant stress. If I… Read more »

When the SCOTUS says that “involuntary servitude” is legal, then there’s really nothing to stop any law makers. Remember, involuntary servitude is prohibited, unless to punish a crime. By changing the nomenclature of registration to a regulatory and not punitive act, then the regulatory act does not share the review of punishment. That’s what SCOTUS wanted to state for the law. “It’s like filling out a Price Club membership.” The problem here is that you cannot walk away from the membership. You’re still serving the state after your punitive custody has been completed. No one thinks that involuntary servitude can… Read more »

“In fact, the list of restrictions for offenders can be complex, Wright said. She keeps large legal volumes that she constantly refers to in order to be certain about various situations. >>The county’s expert cannot keep things straight without repeatedly consulting “large legal volumes,” and yet they expect us to toe the line exactly. ““’If I’m what’s between a child and an offender, I’m willing to do the best I can,” she said. “And there are 200 people in this building to help me.’ “Wright said one reason she goes to see the offenders, even when they aren’t at home,… Read more »

From the article: ========================= “Being on the registry affects their whole life and livelihood,” Wright explained. “I see men at their most desperate. If it weren’t the law, I’d feel sorry for them.” ========================= See, that’s the odd thing. You’re a free person, but you’re still in custody of the state. You have to serve their rules, restrictions, and updates. No other free persons are subject to this unless it’s punishment. This law is what is domineering all registrants. She states it as fact – “If it weren’t for the law, I’d feel sorry for them.” It’s like segregation or… Read more »

Yeah, that was a weird comment. What does the law have to do with empathy?

“Being on the registry affects their whole life and livelihood,” Wright explained. “I see men at their most desperate. If it weren’t the law, I’d feel sorry for them.”

Hannah Arendt would have had a field day with that quote. She would, no doubt, have seen it as illustrative of her own oft-quoted phrase “the banality of evil.” Cpl. Catha Wright is, after all, simply “doing her duty,” to quote Adolph Eichmann. And by doing it, she confirms the findings of several classic psychology experiments from the ’60s: the Stanford Prison Experiment and Stanley Milgram’s electric shock experiment.

@David Kennerly
Spot on.

“If it weren’t the law, I’d feel sorry for them.”
So she’s legally barred from feeling sorry for them? What a stupid statement. You either have empathy or you don’t, Ms. Wright. Nobody legislates that into you. Good grief.

–AJ

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