Reply To: Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?

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These laws are passed for the following reasons:

(1) Because of our past choices and actions we are hated and unforgiven for what we’ve done, whether we raped an adult woman, an adult man, or molested/raped a teenager or young child.

(2) Once we commit our offense, whatever it is, the rest of “respectable” society is of the opinion we forfeited all of our basic human rights and are no longer human beings of equal value to the rest of society. This is even deeper and more visceral when a child is involved.

(3) All the talk about child safety is just legislator speak designed to mask the deep visceral personal animus the law is borne of so that it can be sure to pass constitutional muster. These laws would never stand if lawmakers uniformly came out and said, “We wish these sick monsters would be murdered in prison one by one, but since they’re not we have to put up with most of them again. We can dang sure legislate them out of mainstream society. We can ensure they don’t get to go to all the nice fun places like the rest of us. We can make sure they don’t live in our nicer neighborhoods. We can make it impossible for them to find a job. If they can’t get a job or a home, they’ll starve and die of exposure to the elements and we’ll be done with them. We can make our laws so onerous and oppressive that they’ll willingly go elsewhere and be someone else’s problem.” The personal animus toward sex offenders is visceral.