Risk perception may not be about quantifiable risk so much as it is about immeasurable fear. Our fears are informed by history and economics, by social power and stigma, by myth and nightmares. And as with other strongly held beliefs, our fears are dear to us. When we encounter information that contradicts our beliefs, we tend to doubt the information, not ourselves.
Eula Biss — On Immunity
This Website and its contents are focused on the necessary modification and ongoing review of US Public Law 109-248 also know as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. In 2006 this law became official and most all states have substantially implemented the administration of this law in its raw form out-of-the-box, if you will, as a standard practice for monitoring and restraining ex-felons.
As an overview, you may read more from the Department of Justice online at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/smart/sorna.htm
Advocating sex offense sentencing parity and post sentencing fairness (sex offender registration and notification requirements, as they exist, post SORNA (Megan’s Law a.k.a.,
Adam Walsh Act of 2006; )). Offenders of minor, non-violent exploitation laws should not have to be deprived of life and liberty or be punished [twice] for an offense they already served time for. The quality of life is greatly disturbed when states, and the American government, deprive you of these liberties which you were guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
Is the Sex Offender registry Constitutional?
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. read more
I should also probably mention here that there is no such thing as a “Sex Offender.” There is no medical category defining a class known as “Sex Offenders” and there is no defined psychological class known as “Sex Offenders” it is a purely legal category created entirely by legislators.
response that two ACLU MI members posted in response to Attorney Kyle Sammin bemoaning the Supreme Court
The term Sex Offender really only means that a particular defendant was convicted of a crime that involved sex (widely defined) and the term encompasses literally hundreds (if not thousands) of crimes can label people as “sex offenders” (with new laws being passed every day).