“I wish I was executed because my life is basically over”

By Mona Charen . . . With several septuagenarians competing for the presidency, the ghost of the 1990s looms over the 2020 race. Joe Biden has faced criticism for his sponsorship of the 1994 crime bill. President Donald Trump tweeted, “Anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being elected.”

Here’s some context. Violent crime rates in the United States began a steep climb in the mid-1960s and reached their peak in the early 1990s. Americans were extremely worried. Donald Trump, for example, recommended bringing back New York’s death penalty in response to a much-publicized Central Park attack. Politicians listened. Many states passed tough anti-crime measures and in 1994, the federal government got into the act. Though Republicans criticized the federal crime bill for gun restrictions and what they called “pork,” the measure passed the House on a voice vote and the Senate by 61-38 with many Republican votes. . . .

One feature of the 1994 law that has had baleful unanticipated effects was the adoption of sex offender registries. At the time, experts advised that sex offenders never reformed. To protect the community from those found guilty of such offenses after their return to society, registries would require them to identify themselves (sometimes even with signs in their windows). Understandably, penalties were particularly harsh for anyone who harmed a child sexually.

What the law’s authors didn’t anticipate is that children themselves would be caught up in this net. The Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia has been studying those effects.

Read the full piece here at The Patriot Post.

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    By Mona Charen . . . With several septuagenarians competing for the presidency, the ghost of the 1990s looms over the 2020 race. Joe Biden has faced c
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    Timothy

    Kinda makes me cringe contemplating outcomes from policy that forces human subservient to machine. It is one thing to apply life indentured servitude to an Adult against his liberty upon finding of guilt, but a child?

    That which was for protection became the sword. To presume a list of bad actors accurately predicts future outcomes of same is irrational. Too presume it was ever actually about children is dangerous. Big data is not your friend.

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    The Criminalized Man

    The experts were advising “never reformed” long before the 1990s. “Sex criminals” were high on the list of “Professional Criminals” kept in “card indices … by the Reichskriminalpolizeiamt and its field offices” — p. 382, Robert M. W. Kempner, German National Registration System As Means of Police Control of Population, The, 36 J. Crim. L. &Criminology 362 (1945-1946)

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