Is it fair that someone who has been convicted and served their term to completion be subjected to an environment where they find it difficult to live where they want?
More and more cities are becoming “sex offender” free zones. The obvious concern of the people living in these areas is they are afraid that the accused offender will repeat or possibly so something worse the next time. They don’t want that to happen in their neighborhood or for their children to be the targets.
A person can be painted as a sex offender with a broad brush too. They may have committed an act that requires them to register as a sex offender (public urination, sex on the beach) but may not be a threat in the future. At least not as much a threat as someone who may have committed a more violent act.
We, as a society, generally don’t require that OTHER violent crimes have the same type of post incarceration segregation from the general public. Not even murderers, armed robbers, wife beaters, drunk driving, etc…
Generally when someone is released from prison, we as a society say that they have served their time, paid for their crime, and what’s done is done.
My question to the masses is;
*Is it fair to someone who has been accused of a sex crime, gone to trial, found guilty, been punished, and served their time (presumably rehabbed and counseled) to have to live the rest of their lives with the scrutiny and awkwardness of having to register as a sex offender and in many cases not being able to live where they want?
FWIW I don’t want to start a debate, I just want to know how you feel about the subject and why. Please tell me your reasons (for or against) and why you feel that way.
It’s come up in the local news lately and that’s why I’m asking.