Recently there has been major concern over youth being placed on the sex offender registry and a number of articles, not to mention some legislative attempts at change (such as Nebraska legislative bill 689), have been put forth to remove young people from the registry. The reason for this move is pointed out in articles such as ( http://jjie.org/2018/01/08/young-sex-offenders-shouldnt-have-to-register-its-ineffective-and-hurts-everyone-around-them/ ). The problem with articles such as these is they do not take into account the even more innocent victims of the sex offender registry, the children and families of adults that are on the registry. The same amount of damage that happens to these young people that they are attempting to help by removing them from the registry is happening to the adults as well as their families and their children. This is because, let’s face it, the registry is on its face and in actuality is punishment.
Whereas our legislators have chosen a politically disfavored group and chose to heap all kinds of extra rules, requirements and restrictions, which are in fact punishments on that group. Even though this group has the lowest re-offense rate of any criminal class, that is less than 1%. This in direct violation of our Republic’s Constitution. The registry laws violates the 14th amendment equal protection and due process, the fourth amendments right to privacy, and of course Art. I § 9, cl. 3 that reads “No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.” Art. I § 10, cl. 1 adds “No state shall … pass any bill of attainder… Because of the recent focus on the attempt to remove young people from the damages of the registry, I think it is time that I republish the below article from over a year ago. (Note: The 752,000 number that is used in the article is no longer valid, it is now closer to 900,000 and that means that the number of children affected is greater than the article reflects)
Government Sanctioned Cruelty to over half a Million American Children.
As strange as it may seem there are many disfranchise or second-class citizens in the United States and many of those American citizens have children that look to them for not only food and shelter, but emotional and moral support. At the present time government sanctions are undermining a group of second-class citizens ability not only to provide the emotional support, but the food and shelter as well.