Sunday, October 29, 2006

Halloween Predators? (news, values)

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I read a lot of Cnn.com. I probably check the website at least twice during the day, even more if I'm bored and happen to be at my computer. Its not because I am a CNN slave and shun every other online news source -- im just a little lazy and 'C'N'N' is really, really easy to type. Anyways.

I just read a story that tells how certain cities and counties across America have enacted new laws that prohibit sex offenders from trick or treating with kids, even if they are their own children. I believe that this is a smart move, because even it only saves one child from being victimized, it was worth the effort.

But the new restrictions don't stop there. Maryland told sex offenders that they were not allowed to turn their porch lights on while children are out gathering candy. Tennessee bans sex offenders from visiting any Halloween-related activities where children are likely to be present, such as pumpkin patches and haunted houses, and prohibits them from wearing costumes or putting up decorations outside their homes. While I still think it is good that measures are being taken to protect young people from sex predators, is it possible that this might make future, more restrictive laws possible, such as banning sex offenders from amusement parks, malls, or even airports? Children are known to be present in all three.

So maybe these requirements should be directed towards certain types of sex offenders. If a 19 year old has consensual sex with a 17 year old, it is still illegal and if prosecuted, the 19 year old is a sex offender for life.Perhaps these people should be a "level 1 offender" and not subject to all of the requirements imposed on offenders guilty of other, more henious crimes. These people should definitely be the subject of stricter penalties.

What does everyone else think?

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