Thursday, August 21, 2008

Stories I'd blog about if I had more time

Quite a few news pieces caught Grits' attention recently that could each easily inspire its own blog post, but since I don't have nearly enough time to devote, let me just point readers to these criminal justice stories from the MSM:


Anonymous said...

Sex offender laws: Protecting our kids or jeopardizing everyone's freedom.

"Extremism in the defense of [children] is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice [to crimes against children] is no virtue"

Anonymous said...

The original quote is "...extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice."

The problem with a lot of sex offender laws comes in the ever broadening definition of who is a sex offender. This is particularly true with respect to juveniles where sexual experimentation with a peer who just happens to be under an arbitrarily legislated age limit.

Also, mandatory registration laws fail to take into account the particular circumstances of the offense and perpetrator painting all with the same broad brush.

There are certainly those that are a continuing threat to children and adults and deserve the burden of registration and restrictions on their liberty. But the law needs to be able to make the distinction between those that do and those that don't.

Anonymous said...

200,000 active arrest warrants in Dallas County. Wow!

Anonymous said...

@ 8/22/2008 06:42:00 AM
If they are dangerous, why let them out? If they aren't, why the registry?