Nothing about this story, as sad as it is, would prove to a court that registration imposes punishment. Most of the horrible things that happen to people like Daniel, and to the rest of us, are consequences of our offenses (something I learned from Smith v Doe). It’s not right, it’s not fair, it’s not humane, …, but it’s not evidence of unconstitutional treatment.
It is our misfortune that we are unique among transgressors in that the state chooses to broadcast information about our past crime(s), our current whereabouts, photo, employment, and other particulars, online to the entire world. If information about other classes of offenders were available online, with the attendant hype and hysteria from the media, it is likely that those who fall in those classes with fair as poorly as we do.
But for now, we hold the distinction of being the most hated of the hated.