Friday, September 7, 2012
Solving the Halloween Problem We Simply Don’t Have
"Lawmakers all over the country are talking about child safety on Halloween night – but sadly, they are once again pursuing smoke and mirrors “press release” public safety instead of real child safety measures based on facts and empirical evidence.
Many municipalities have blanket bans targeting registered sex offenders on Halloween, making it illegal for them to decorate their houses, give out candy, or even keep the lights on. Lawmakers (mostly city council-persons) claim it’s simple logic to keep children away from former sex offenders, and many members of the public agree. Some towns go so far as to literally round up all the sex offenders, force them into a large public building, and keep them there from sometime in the late afternoon to sunrise.
There are two major problems with this approach: one, it’s based on the stubborn myth of high sex offender recidivism – refusing to acknowledge that most former sex offenders pose little risk of re-offending. Two, it inflicts harm and violates the basic rights of children and families of sex offenders to celebrate a traditional holiday. Remember being a young child and picking out your pumpkin? Maybe your family had a Halloween party every year. Maybe you just loved trick-or-treating."
Posted October 11, 2012 at 1:21 p.m., updated October 11, 2012 at 7:08 p.m.
Simi's Halloween sex offender law gets national media attention
"On "Fox and Friends," Jeanine Pirro, host of the Fox News show "Justice with Judge Jeanine," said the law should be upheld because government's first obligation is to protect citizens."
"They say it's a violation of their civil rights. ... That's hogwash. Here's the bottom line: Predators and pedophiles [sic] are repeat offenders [sic]. They are cunning [sic]. They are devious [sic]. They are waiting for our children to come to their doors, [sic]" said Pirro, adding that not every city or state has such an ordinance."
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