Reply To: Fourth Circuit to NC: Got some statistical evidence? Anything? Hello? You there?


Just wanted to clarify my comment about a “Self-ful-filling Prophecy[1]” because I feel that I’m leaving the reader hanging out in space.

What I mean is that well intentioned politicians/ lawmakers will refuse to accept or even observe the hard cross-validated data simply for political or animosity reasoning but little does he or she realize they are creating great harm on both sides of the fence by increasing the recidivism rates through socially isolating the targets by creating an inescapable panoptic prison to test ones sanity and cause the very thing the law was intended to prevent in addition to harming the present or future children of registrants.

[1] In his 1948 article Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, Merton defines it in the following terms:

The self-fulfilling prophecy is, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the original false conception come true. This specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of events as proof that he was right from the very beginning.