Recently there was a federally funded study in New Jersey to see the effectiveness of Megans Law. It was found that Megans Law did not prevent any new crimes from occuring and did not lower the recidivism rate. Heres an article http://www.courierpostonline.com/art…3/1047/opinion, heres another article that states the obvious http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/200…fails_t_1.html
Now we can go back and forth and throw the “Protect our children” chant, but the fact of the matter is that it has not protected children and in fact has destroyed lives of many who have tried to repair their lives of their mistake. Now I am not condoning the crimes because they are ugly in all reality, but the people that have committed these crimes, most have done their time, have served out their probation/parole. So why are they still subject to these “regulatory”, but in reality, punishments?
The public would rather feel like they have control over this because our legislators have empowered them into thinking that they can make a difference. Preventing an ex offender from rebuilding their life is asking for crimes to be committed again. The laws implemented are “feel good” laws hiding behind a regulatory mandate to thwart challenges, but the more laws you pile on, the more the truth of it all is seeping through. There are over 800,000 sex offenders on the registry in America today, that is enough votes to make a difference in this land our forefathers fought for. Trampling on civil rights and making unconstitutional laws is not going to protect your children.
There have been laws in OH, NM, GA, MA, ME, and so on in those states that have been amended because of the amount of law suits being generated because of these feel good laws. Its costing tax payers millions and millions of dollars just make you feel in your mind that you are safe. I dont care how much protocols you set, if a criminal has his mind set on committing on crimes, he is going to do it regardless. Now I can go on on on, but I would rather invite you to visit SexOffenderIssues.org, or www.sosen.org and get informed. Dont get emotional, just use common sense.