Why do you like sex offender laws? So you can get on the internet and make sure you aren’t moving to a neighborhood that has sexual predators, right? Well, sorry, the law won’t help you anymore. Last year, people who touched someone on the butt while dancing in a bar got ordered to register. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that some kids who did nothing sexual at all had to register. State v. James W. Smith, 2010 WI 16. Smith was just a drug case where a 17 year old was involved in a drug case.
How does it protect your kids for a person to be on the list if they aren’t a sex offender? It doesn’t, but it does guarantee that this one kid, who did something stupid, will never get the chance to grow up and fly right. He’ll never get an apartment. Won’t be able to have contact with kids. Won’t be able to get a job. He’ll have no choice but to commit more crime. Way to go criminal justice system.
The sex offender registry only protects you if the people on the registry really are sex offenders. If you dilute the list with common criminals, you won’t be able to tell the misguided from the dangerous. And uncertainty never helps you make a good decision.