Friday, April 21, 2006

Sex Offender Registries

Megan's Law has been challenged in Philadelphia over and over... some might be surprised to know that here in PA we have only recently (within the time I've had this site) been able to look up our neighborhoods on the registry. Thanks to groups like The Defender Association of Philadelphia (--which claims to be a non-profit/independent organization, but then says it gets its money from the City of Philadelphia all in the same sentence...) and the ACLU, both who want to abolish Megan's Law and sex offender registries.

I don't get this. I don't get it at all. I can't comprehend it. I can't think of one thing that could possibly be motivating these people to take away what measly protections we have... I don't like to hate and it makes me hate. It makes me wonder about them and what they are doing in private. What is a society that continually fails to protect the weakest among them --the babies and the children...those that have no way of protecting themselves?! I wish that each judge, public defender, hot shot defense lawyer slummin' it in pro-bono land and each ACLU lawyer was forced to leave their children with the molester they are defending and trying to get off the registry for two days...alone. I know it's an unrealistic thought... But I wonder if they would be fighting to get them off the registry if they lived on their street... I can only assume it's all childless people waging this fight, because the alternative is unthinkable.

Currently in Montpelier, Vermont the ACLU is targeting online sex registries :

"Allen Gilbert of Vermont's ACLU chapter said "these things never work. If doing something doesn't add to public safety and, in fact, can lead to tragedies like we've just seen in Maine, I think it really doesn't make sense to have an online registry."

There are 220 sex offenders listed on the Vermont online registry. People can see the towns the sex offenders live in, but not their street addresses. Its information state officials say the public has the right to know, and they believe the public will use it wisely.

Sheri Englert is Vermont's sex offender registry coordinator. She said the site -- which lists the most dangerous sex offenders -- is a public service and a tool that should stay public." (source)

Jay at Stop the ACLU has posted about this also.

I much prefer to hear news like this out of South Carolina :

"South Carolina's Senate voted 38-4 to allow the death penalty for sex offenders convicted a second time of raping children younger than 11. Oklahoma lawmakers are considering a similar bill.

Gov. Mark Sanford and South Carolina's attorney general, both Republicans, have endorsed the death penalty for child rapists. A state House committee has yet to take up the measure.

Like most of the 38 states allowing capital punishment, South Carolina and Oklahoma reserve the death penalty for murderers.

Only three states -- Louisiana, Florida and Montana -- have laws allowing the death penalty for sex crimes, and no such executions have been carried out since the U.S. Supreme Court let capital punishment resume 30 years ago." (source)

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