Saturday, 1 June 2013

Bad Idea Gone Worse


Sex Offender Registries: Good Idea Gone Bad?

"PA’s sex offender registry lists 100 names within a one-mile radius of my house. Should I be worried?"

"And therein lies one of the problems. If the public is unable to discern genuine risk from a public sex offender database, the system is no longer working. Instead, registration has become its own form of punishment, which is contrary to how it was intended. Indeed, as they are currently applied, laws governing the movement of registered sex offenders seem carefully crafted to prevent rehabilitation. Youth offenders are barred from attending school, while adults struggle to find work or even a place to live. It begs the question: Are we setting these people up for failure?"

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