Like we've said many times, if an unconstitutional online hit-list that protects nobody, nor prevents crime, is okay for sex offenders, then all criminals should be on a registry as well. Instead of many registries, they should just have one large registry. Each new registry created wastes millions of dollars, and if they had just one, then the money is already spent and would save US, the tax payers, millions.
By ERICA GOODE
Lawmakers around the country are pushing for online registries, like those used for sex offenders, to track the whereabouts of people convicted of a wide variety of crimes, from arson and drunken driving to methamphetamine manufacturing and animal abuse.
- No registry will prevent crime, nor protect anybody, but what's good for some, is good for all. Also, will they be forced to live by similar residency restrictions as well? When this happens, thousands, if not millions, will not be able to get a job and possible a home.
State senators in Illinois are considering a law to create the nation’s first registry for first-degree murderers. In Maine, legislators are debating an online registry of drunken drivers. And proposals to register animal abusers have been put forward in several states; one such registry, in Suffolk County on Long Island, will become operational next week.
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- So does the dog have to register each year? And does he have to live 1,000 feet from other dogs?
Advocates for online registries, many of them searchable by the public, argue that people have a right to know about potentially dangerous offenders in their midst and that the benefit of alerting parents, neighbors and others in a community outweighs any privacy concerns.
- No they don't! What gives them that right? Ex-felons also have the right to live a normal life, like you!
But as the registries proliferate, so do questions about their value. Critics say that while the registries are attractive to politicians who want to appear tough on crime, they often do little more than spread fear and encourage vigilantism.
- Which can be seen here and here.
The monitoring systems cost money at a time when recession-strapped states can ill afford the extra expense, the critics say, and their effectiveness is dubious: Sex offender registries, for example, have had little success in reducing repeat crimes, studies suggest.
Wayne Logan, a professor at Florida State University College of Law and the author of a recent book on registration and notification laws, likens the registries to “legislative catnip.”
“You’d be hard pressed to find a more politically popular movement in recent years,” he said. “Whether it’s actually good public policy is a distinct and independent question from whether it’s politically popular and makes us feel good.”
Mr. Logan noted that once passed, the laws were difficult to remove because politicians did not want to seem to diminish the suffering of victims. Instead, they are added “like Christmas ornaments on a tree, year after year.”
The New York State Senate voted 57 to 4 on Tuesday for a violent offenders registry. In Illinois, the murderers registry bill passed the House in April by a 97-to-1 vote. The legislation is now before the Senate.
- Same for the sex offender registry. Just look at all the "for the children" advocates, they are getting rich by exploiting fear and hysteria, which has created a moral panic and modern day witch-hunt.
She noted that the recidivism rate for murder was very low to begin with and that the state, facing a deficit of more than $4 billion, could not afford the cost of another registry.
- Yes, murderers are the least likely to re-offend, for obvious reasons, and sex offenders are the second lowest, based on studies and facts, not personal feelings and disinformation.
But voting against such a measure, she said, is “very difficult to do, because sometimes the public perceives you as being soft on crime.”
- Hitler liked exploiting children for his own gain, as well as eradicating people's rights, doesn't mean it's right.
“These are people who are lying in wait,” Mr. Reboletti said in a phone interview. “It’s cold. It’s calculated. It’s planned over time. And it’s one of the most evil things that somebody can do on this earth.”
- The same can be said about how politicians prey on the sheeple to get their way.
The inspiration for the murderers’ registry, as for many such laws, was a high-profile crime, the 1998 murder of Andrea Will, an 18-year-old freshman at Eastern Illinois University who was strangled by her ex-boyfriend, [name withheld]. Convicted before Illinois adopted a truth-in-sentencing law, Mr. [name withheld] was paroled from prison after serving half of a 24-year sentence, a turn of events that Ms. Will’s mother, [name withheld], said she saw as “a slap in the face.” She was even angrier when Mr. [name withheld] promptly moved to Hawaii to join the medical school professor he had married while in prison.
“I felt like I had to do something because I never felt justice was served,” Ms. Rosenberg said in a recent phone interview.