Reply To: Sexual offense registries need to go

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David Kennerly

If the purpose of the registries is retributive, which is to say, pure revenge, then they make lots of sense since they deliver on that goal in spades. That’s why, despite the reasonable-sounding but ultimately intellectually bankrupt arguments made for them, they only really exist to sate the public’s appetite for revenge, revenge for acts not committed against them, revenge against people they don’t know, revenge against a class of people, an abstraction, who represent an attainable opportunity to torment.

That’s the reason for the registry and why the rational arguments against it, which fail to take this appetite for cruelty into account, are found to be unconvincing by the mobs who demand their cruelty quotient served up by their government for their convenience.