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There Are Too Many Kids on the Sex Offender Registry

Both the boys admit they did it. Horsing around, two New Jersey 14-year-olds pulled down their pants and sat on the faces of two 12-year-old boys. As one of them later explained, “I thought it was funny and I was trying to get my friends to laugh.”

For that act, he and his buddy are on the sex offender registry for life. This was, after all, “sexual contact done for sexual gratification or to degrade or humiliate the victim.” The boys lost an appeal in 2011, with a three-judge panel writing that “although we are not unsympathetic to the arguments criticizing the application of the lifelong registration requirements…we are bound to uphold such application because that outcome is mandated by the Legislature.”

This is what our sex offender laws have done: Today, your child is more likely to end up on the registry than to be molested by someone on it. Full Article

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  1. CR

    Short article, but very good. I think it is likely to hold the interest of anyone who starts reading long enough for them to finish.

    No one should be on any public registry, period. Not kids; not adults. The article doesn’t say that registry should be abolished only for kids, or that adults should remain on the registry. The arguments against the registry apply to all. But people (read “parents”) are far more likely to understand and appreciate the arguments when they apply to someone they know (i.e., their own kids).

  2. Facts should matter

    There are too many adults (18+) on the registry that are NOT a legitimate public safety concern, much less a credible threat to children.

  3. Stephen

    Back in the 60’s it was normal to butt cheek who ever fell a sleep first when camping out, A sticker bush branch was your only defense. Now it’s a Major crime.

  4. The Static-99R Is A Scam

    This quote, from the article, leads me to believe that our government is a complete scam:

    “This is what our sex offender laws have done: Today, your child is more likely to end up on the registry than to be molested by someone on it.”

  5. kat

    There’s too many “people” on the registry.

  6. TS

    Comments section at the end of the article is thought provoking…

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