The Supreme Court will be deciding today about whether or not it violates constitutional rights of sex offenders to keep them locked up after they’ve served their sentences. Hmmm…
I’m all for this one and I hope they approve it! Unfortunately, I think it is unconstitutional to sentence someone to, say, ten years and then refuse to release them when they’ve served those ten years. But, the system that’s in place presently obviously falls short and we need much better protection for our children. Just the fact that so many sex offenders get away for any length of time with not registering, etc. should be reason enough to warrant this! I believe anyone who molests a child should be locked up for life! How many children have lost their lives because an offender who served his/her sentence was released after “paying their debt” to society? The real issue here is not about a debt having been paid and/or time having been served, but of safety. I think perhaps we should microchip any convicted sex offender before he or she is released-then we wouldn’t have to worry about whether or not they comply with the registration requirements. They can implant tracking devices in cell phones and such…why not convicted sex offenders?
I hope this will prompt our lawmakers to take a closer look at the present system and initiate the changes we need. It has been proven that most sex offenders will repeat. If we’re going to release them back into society, we need much better ways of tracking convicted sex offenders, much better ways of enforcing compliance and follow-up in the way of close monitoring, counseling, etc. Most sex offenders were victims themselves and act out of that victimization, in part, I believe, because they did not get the help they needed when they needed it, and may be beyond help now. The convicted sex offenders own victimization needs to be addressed and any healing that can be brought about needs to be priority. We need better and broader ranges of rehabilitative programs for sex offenders in prison.
I am a survivor of sexual abuse. I wouldn’t dream of molesting a child, I’ve never been sexually attracted to any child. But, my generation has had the advantage of communication and education when it comes to this subject. Our parents and grandparents did not. We need more availability and accessibility when it comes to counseling and advocacy for victims. While we’ve come a long way, we still have a long way to go. I hope this is one more step that will get us there.