Monday, August 31, 2009
Another excellent resource, Habitat for Sex Offenders, was found thru the RSOL site. There is a lot going on, as with all revolutions, critical mass and right thinking will prevail. Liberties of all Americans are threatened by the virulent extremists who are proposing and expanding the registry laws, and the politicians seeking votes off the skin of registered sex offenders, their families and circles of friends. Shame on you if you let this continue.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Related posts on this topic can be found at Grits, and Doc Berman's Sentencing Law and Policy.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
From Slate: Guantanamo is the Least of Our Problems by Dahlia Lithwick.
Also from Corey Yung, America's Emerging War on Sex Offenders is the latest by America's top sex offense criminal law analyst.
This is the abstract:
This article addresses four central questions. First, what is the difference between normal law enforcement policy and a “war” on crime? Second, assuming such a line can be discerned, has the enactment of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (“AWA”) in combination with other sex offender laws triggered a transition to a criminal war on sex criminals? Third, if such a criminal war is emerging, what will be the likely effects of such a transition? Fourth, if such a criminal war is emerging with substantial negative consequences, how can it be stopped?
By reviewing America’s history of criminal wars, primarily the War on Drugs, the article identifies three essential characteristics of a criminal war: marshalling of resources, myth creation, and exception making. It concludes that the federalization of sex offender policy brought about by the AWA elevated law enforcement to a nascent criminal war on sex crimes. This change could have repercussions as substantial as the drug war has had on American criminal justice an society.