“America’s Unjust Sex Laws” is an editorial published in the Economist that argues that America’s laws for sex offenders is too stringent. The author makes tenacious arguments that gets the reader thinking, however most of the arguments that were made I contest with. “America’s Unjust Sex Laws” argues that the sex offender laws in America are too harsh. It begins by discussing “Megan’s Laws” and the Adam Walsh Act of 2006 to describe the current sex offender laws. The author then goes on to discuss how large the sex-offender registry is in order to support their first point that harsh penalties shouldn’t be imposed for minor crimes. The author argues that with so many people on the list it makes it hard to distinguish between people who are really threats on the list and those who are not. The second point the author argues is that sex-offender registries shouldn’t be made public because it causes sex offenders to be harassed and even fired from their jobs (“America’s Unjust Sex Laws” 655). The author suggest that the list should be held by the police who could then share it with people who need to know instead of the public having easy access to it (“America’s Unjust Sex Laws” 656). The author then explains how many teenagers have sex before they are legally allowed too and how this shouldn’t be reason to …show more content…
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The United States Supreme Court in the Packingham v. North Carolina first amendment case has ruled in favor of Lester Gerard Packingham. The state from now on may not bar social media access to registered sex offenders. The case’s build up dates back to 2002 when 21 year old college student Lester G. Packingham had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl. For involvement with a minor he received a 10-12 month sentence, but having never met problems with the law, the judge required him to go on a 24 month probation and register as a sex offender. Five years had passed and in 2008 North Carolina forbid any person on the sex offender list to use any type of social media.
Kimball engaged in what “appeared to be a consensual” relationship with a minor; meaning that upon information and belief, Mr. Kimball and the minor’s relationship was consensual. This is an important fact when analyzing the gravity of Mr. Kimball’s crime and evaluating the risk he truly poses to society. Additionally, James Kimball committed this crime in 1991, pleaded guilty and complied with his three year probation. His actions during and post-judgment prove that he is fully capable of fulfilling his duty as an atoning citizen in enduring consequences, via his three year probation. Lastly, the only reason that Kimball was still on the Sex Offender Registry is because of the psychosexual evaluator’s technicality deeming him a “low risk” rather than “no risk” to the
Chapter Eight of the book Flawed Criminal Justice Policies, authors take the closer look at the laws and faulty policy regarding the sex offenders. According to the book policy makers started the myriad laws to protect the public from the sex offenders with increased prison sentences, and restricting the residences to the violators. Today we have very similar situation when it comes to treatment of sexual offenders. The process starts with the sex offender being committed to the prison sentence, and lastly to being registered as a sex offender on many public websites, so that the people could distinguish who the sex offender is and where he/she lives. In this chapter we can learn about a lot of different statues that were made to protect people from the sex offenders.
Megan’s Law is a federal law enacted in 1996 and required law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders (Megan's Law & The Adam Walsh Child Protection Act, 2000). Beforehand, sex offenders were only required to register with local law enforcement and were not required to notify the public of their status. Megan Kanka, a 7 year old girl, was raped and murdered by a twice-convicted sex offender living across the street from her. Her parents went on to attempt to change the law by demanding mandatory community notification of sex offenders. Megan’s Law was finally passed due to public opinion from Megan Kanka’s death, the unanimous decision in House and Senate, and the contributions
Policy Analysis: Megan’s Law Sexual violence, particularly against children, is a significant issue all around the world. In the early 1990’s in the United States, there were multiple well-publicized cases of sexual violence against children. From kidnappings, to rapes, and everything in between, violence was being committed against children and something needed to be done about it. In 1996, Megan’s Law was passed in response to the sexual assault and death of Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old from New Jersey (Corrigan, 2006).
The notification system is based on the sex offenders risk to reoffend and the danger they may pose to the community. Many states adopted a three-tier notification system for the sex offender registry; tier one is for offenders evaluated to be low risk for reoffending, tier two is for those offenders assessed at a medium risk and tier three are for those offender that meet criteria for the highest risk of reoffending (National Institute of Justice, 2009a). Megan’s Law is a federal law with subsequent state laws, states have discretion in developing criteria for reporting Megan’s Law however; private and personal information related to the registered sex offender must be available to the public (National Institute of Justice, 2009b). Under Megan’s Law, the tracking database is monitored by states and involves community notification when a sex offender moves into a
Chapter four refers to specificity "as the scope of criminal law" (Bohm & Haley, 2014, p.97). These acts can be ruled not criminal if certain information is not proven to have been present when the crime was committed. The state rules for sex offenders that have been convicted of this crime be persecuted and their information made public. This reminds
I. INTRODUCTION In 2015, the Sex Offender Registration Act (Penal Code section 290) is a California sex offender registration statute. Section 290 was intended to promote the state interest in controlling and preventing recidivism in sex offenders. In addition, it serves an important public purpose by compelling registration of sex offenders who were violent and required public surveillance. This statute gave judges the choice to enforce registration on an adult who has non-forcible vaginal sex with a 16 year old or older.
Additionally, California has a law that allows citizens access to a CD-ROM with detailed information on sex offenders living in the state. The Pam Lyncher Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act, signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, called for a national registry of sex offenders, which allows state officials to submit queries and determine whether a job applicant at a day-care center is a registered sex offender in any of the participating states. Overall, communities have the right to be informed about the presence of sex offenders and take measures to protect themselves, such as avoiding contact with the offender or limiting their access to certain areas. However, it's worth noting that some states have more stringent laws than others when it comes to community notification and that the effectiveness of such laws in reducing the risk of recidivism among sex offenders remains a topic of
In my opinion, I would believe that the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution to be the most important amendment out of all twenty-seven amendments. Moreover, the first amendment would be the most dynamic of all the other amendments, laying a resilient groundwork towards the other amendments. Correspondingly, the first amendment decrees American’s the right and freedom to free speech, without restriction or limitation. As, the first amendment right permits individual to speak up against injustice, speak out against the government, and express our religious views. After all, I strongly believe that no individual should be limited to what they can say.
America has a strict law, which protects our citizens from predators; sex offender registries are exemplifications. In the article “Protect Yourself, Family From Sex Offenders,” Rick Schneider argues that sex offender’s name should not be taken off even after they had served their time. Many can argue that registries are a good way for the government authorities to keep track, and to protect the community from any violence caused by sex offenders. For example, many people may believe the registry protects people from predators because it allows others to know where the predators are and how likely they are to strike again. On the other hand, some people consider that it is “horribly unfair” to release the names and addresses of offenders
This is because the law is overly vast when it describes what the sex offender can and cannot due over the internet. This is unfair because in today’s world almost every website use reviews and opinion based comments. Many of these websites don’t require a user to have any sort of account or username. This means that any person, including minors, are able to use this website regardless of whether or not it is allowed, and the very possibility of a minor being on a website restricts it from the use of a sex offender. An example of this is Cooks.com, this website allows users to leave comments without requiring any type of account, email, or identification.
This would be beneficial to communities to know where these offenders live and what they look like so they could avoid them. Megan’s Law provides info about the offender’s conviction and a very detailed description of the offense. Even for non-violent offender’s this would be good for the community to know the identity of the person and a description of what they did. Lisa Squitieri stated, “It has been effective for what it was intended to be. It put sex offenders on notice and notifies the public.
Now in the United States, many young girls who are about 18 years old get married to adult men, with approval from local judges, or if their parents signed the marriage. It is becoming a serious problem. Some states even allow the marriage even of the elementary school students. Shockingly, 91 percent of children were married to adults recently. Forced marriage is a widespread but often ignored problem in the Unites States.