no facebook for you!

12 08 2009

At some point, we may have to say that the ongoing, lifelong brigade of punishments for sex offenders border on cruel and unusual. Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois signed into a law a bill, taking effect January 1st, denying registered sex offenders access to social networking sites. “The idea was, if the predator is supposed to be a registered sex offender, they should keep their Internet distance as well as their physical distance,” said Sen. Bill Brady, a Republican from Bloomington planning a run for Governor. “The object is to protect innocent individuals on the Internet from sex offenders.”

I know that sex offenses are particularly vile, and I am aware that the rate of recidivism is exceptionally high for this time of criticism, but consider the lifelong branding that includes restrictions on where you can live and alerting neighbors to your place of residence.

Why even let them out of prison at this point?

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14 08 2009
Eliz. Lasky

Because prison costs more upfront than booting their difficult-to-employ butts to the street, that’s why.

Also, I think Facebook tends to deter criminal activity more than other social networking sites because your name and information is linked to everything you do. If Gov. Quinn really wanted to cut sex crimes, he should have started with craigslist.

BTW, I updated your link on my blogroll at http://oddcincy.wordpress.com/ . Isn’t wordpress great?

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