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Remove Children from Sex-Offender Registries

There are good reasons to reconsider some aspects of the 1994 Crime Bill, because we’ve had a chance to see the unintended consequences.

One feature of the 1994 law that has had baleful unanticipated effects was the adoption of sex-offender registries. At the time, experts advised that sex offenders never reformed. To protect the community from those found guilty of such offenses after their return to society, registries would require them to identify themselves (sometimes even with signs in their windows). Understandably, penalties were particularly harsh for anyone who harmed a child sexually.

What the law’s authors didn’t anticipate is that children themselves would be caught up in this net. The Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia has been studying those effects. Full Opinion Piece


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OMNIBUS94 is getting some attention by media lately. Too bad the electronic die has already been cast. 1994 was the year the people decided to begin enslaving ( evil) humans to databases and their maintenance. The data mandated, by law, is personal information concerning the day to day whereabouts and doings of individuals, family and associates, all stored and available for use, by whoever, or what ever. Simply put, a market feature is the widespread availability of personal information as a commodity. Not an easy idea to SELL in the 90s but BIG brother found a way. Once again the… Read more »

Apparently comments on the article is restricted to subscribers. Some thoughts nevertheless…. “Should a youthful offense or stupid mistake carry a lifetime punishment?” – Should ANY offense or stupid mistake carry a lifetime punishment? Other than, say, murder? And yay for the “punishment” part 🙂 “Children who have been labeled sex offenders often struggle to lead normal lives after serving time.” – ANYONE who has been labeled sex offenders often struggle to lead normal lives after serving time. Or completed probation – as their offense was so terrible it warranted zero incarceration. “But surely some of the injustices — like… Read more »

Joe, your response is presently appearing in the article, but I am sure it was intended to be a response to the article. Perhaps the moderator will move it.

I’m totally on board with your observations, by the way.

***Moved. Moderator***

Wait – what am I missing again? The article is questioning whether children should suffer from this “punishment ” for the rest of their lives. I thought the registry wasn’t punishment and only administrative? I am confused!

Someone who cares,
You should be confused your education taught you we lived under ratified constitutional discipline. Do you believe in the ” power of the purse” is in the people’s hands?

The state of Colorado recently told a humble baker that he could not say “No” to them. It went to the top court to decide. IT HAD TOO!

That fact alone proves the ” state of liberty” in AMERICA!

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