Sexual Offender Legislation Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Sexual Offender Legislation
Argues that sex offender laws are too harsh.
# 148817 | 874 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 06, 2011 in Law (Civil) , Psychology (Disorders) , Child, Youth Issues (Child Abuse)

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This paper explores sexual offender legislation, arguing that these laws are often too harsh. First, the paper examines sexual offender laws from the perspective of the Constitution, showing the difference between civil and criminal law. Then, it discusses how sex offender laws can be classified into three categories: residency restrictions, community notification and registration. Finally, two recent laws are discussed which the paper sees as overly harsh. These are Jessica's Law and the Adam Walsh Act (AWA). The paper concludes by stating that children deserve laws that protect them, however former offenders need laws that allow them to rebuild their lives.

From the Paper:

"Sex offender laws can be classified into three categories: residency restrictions, community notification and registration. Although these laws are endorsed as ways to protect children, they typically apply to anyone who has committed any kind of sex-related offense and can include teenagers having consensual sex, streakers and others committing nonviolent crimes. Those convicted as juveniles are also subject to these same laws. There's a lot of evidence to suggest that these laws don't protect children and may even increase the risk by aggravating the factors that lead people to re-offend (Fellner, 2007).
"n looking at the residency restrictions, it is important to look at Jessica's Law. This law says that sex offenders that are released from prison are forbidden from living within 2,000 feet of any school or park. Given the amount of schools and parks in many areas, the residency restriction effectively banishes them for life from living in many cities and towns, often far from their homes, families, jobs and treatment. This makes it almost impossible for offenders to return to society successfully. It also makes supervision by the police very difficult."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Farley, Laura Geer. (2008). The Adam Walsh Act: The Scarlet Letter of the Twenty-First Century. Retrieved May 28, 2009, from Web site:
  • Fellner, Jamie. (2007). The wrong sex offender laws. Retrieved May 28, 2009, from Los Angels Times Web site:
  • How Sex Offender Laws Circumvent the Constitution: Civil/ Regulatory versus Criminal/ Punitive. (2007). Retrieved May 28, 2009, from Once Fallen Web site:

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