Diigo Post Excerpt:
The two filmmakers present two very different perspectives: Lisa reps victims, David, abusers. However, as the documentary shows, the US justice system creates victims of its own by pointlessly restricting convicts, many of whom were juveniles when convicted, and/or are guilty of victimless crimes.
“Every high-profile sex crime spawns a rush to do something about the ‘predators’ among us.”
The rush to legislate creates two main problems. First, badly written laws give prosecutors too much latitude, which they use to slap harmless people with permanent, debilitating “sex-offender” labels. People like [name withheld], who had to register for having sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend. Whether you think that’s right or wrong, it defies reason to say that [name withheld]'s crime means he will pose a threat to his neighbors for the rest of his life.
Besides being a terrible injustice to these men and women, and it also weakens the power of the label. How seriously should you take it when a sex-offender moves in next store when you don’t whether he or she is a rapist or public urinator? When teenagers are branded for life for sexting, the label loses much of its meaning.