Feds Plan Sex Offender Registry
Alberto Gonzales has announced the creation of a federal sex offender database. This is as unnecessary as a Victims' Rights Amendment to the Constitution.
48 states have sex offender registries online. They are indiscriminate and include not only predatory child molesters but non-violent offenders convicted of very minor crimes - even peeping toms.
Recent crime statistics undercut support for the rash of Meagan's Laws. Treatment works for many offenders. Studies show that sex offenders have a lower incidence of recidivism than other types of offenders.
As I've said in earlier posts,
Considering that most offenders' victims are known to them, i.e, not strangers, community notification seems unnecessary in a great many cases--and counterproductive. Registration causes great difficulty for ex-offenders both in finding housing and jobs--key ingredients to staying out of trouble and re-integrating with society in a positive manner.
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