Wednesday, April 27, 2005

This town ain't big enough for the both of us...

From your fav and mine, CrimProf Blog:

From NPR.com: "With sex offenders accused of two recent high-profile murders in the state, the city of Miami Beach, Fla., is considering a law that would effectively run registered offenders out of town. The city's mayor -- and the opposition -- talk about balancing public safety and civil liberties." [Mark Godsey]
Civil liberties... remind me about that civil liberty that forces good and innocent people to live next to sex offenders. I'm sure it's somewhere in the constitution, but the article escapes me. What about people's right not to be raped and murdered? Do we have that right at least?

Sex crimes really represent a break with humanity in some sense. Molesting a child, raping a woman and the like really show an inhumanity in the offender. They show a brokenness inside the person. This isn't simple theft, it's not even something really bad like a fatal DUI. This is a person who has shocked our most primal sensibilities. It indicates a sickness that, to my knowledge, is never really cured.

And we want to let them move next door.

We apparently tell honest, law-abiding citizens that if they don't like it, they can leave because we want to make sure that the child molestor can live where he wants. Real nice.

My philosophy is this: local government sets the local rules. If the city of Brea doesn't want to be a home to sex offenders, they shouldn't have to be. With any luck, we can force all sex offenders to move out to some desert camp somewhere where they can molest cactuses and leave the rest of us alone.

A man can dream, can't he?

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