Saturday, November 17, 2012

PETITION - Stop the residency restriction laws on sex offenders. It does more harm then it was intended.

Sign the petition here

Description:
Residency restrictions (where someone sleeps at night) have no affect on when, where or if an ex-offender will re-offend, it only pushes them a way from family, support, and into homelessness, in some cases. There is no proof what-so-ever that residency laws protect anybody.

There is no studies out there that show residency restrictions prevent crime or protect anybody, they do, force people into homelessness, creating a new sub-class of citizens, and creates penal colonies.

When someone commits a crime, he or she should be sentenced, just like any other criminal. However, when a person is being punished, the lawmakers add more and more unconstitutional ex post facto laws on him or her, then it goes beyond that, into cruel and unusual punishment

Ex Post Facto...here is the link for the definition....


If the laws are made too harsh, it's only a matter of time before people stop reporting, vanishing, or becoming homeless due to the draconian laws. Residency restriction will do nothing to prevent crime or protect anybody, it only turns people into homeless lepers, which potentially puts them in a situation where they will do anything to survive. So these laws put people in potentially more danger, not less.

The recidivism rate for sex offenders in general is lower than any other criminal, except murderers, around 3.5% to 10%, depending on the study. Here is the link to show the statistics....


In summary, Once an offender has served their time, No one shouldn't have to deal with them, otherwise, it's additional punishment, which is unconstitutional.

And because of the residency restrictions, here is a video to show an example of how this is not helping anyone....



2 comments :

MOTHER said...

THERE ARE SO MANY FAMILY THAT ARE FACING THIS PROBLEM,I FEEL THERE DID THE TIME FOR THE CRIME AND ARE SEEKED HELP , THEY SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE AND GET A CHANCE TO MOVE ON WIYH THERE LIFE. THIS WOULD BE MORE HELP FOR THEM TO WORK AND TO BE WITH THEIR FAMILY, THEY NEED THE SURPORT, NOT KICK THEM AGAIN AND AGAIN WHAT GOOD IS THAT THEY ARE HUMAN.ANIMAL ARE TREATED BETTER!!!!

SOIssues said...

We totally agree.