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Friday, November 26, 2004
  Just Deserts
There aren't too many laws being passed today that I like, but I had to nod in approval when I read about this one: Pennsylvania to Post Sex Offenders' Personal Data.
Gov. Ed Rendell has signed a law allowing photographs and personal information on more than 7,000 registered sex offenders to be posted on the Internet within six months.

Pennsylvania's current database provides information on just 57 sexual offenders and is available to the public only by e-mail request.

The new law, which Rendell signed Wednesday, calls for a site listing the name, city, county, zip code and picture of every registrant. Street addresses will be posted for the most serious offenders, classified as "sexually violent predators."
Although my emotional reaction to such vermin is the death penalty, I haven't been persuaded to this position. Therefore the least that can be done is to allow the rest of us to know who these people are and where they live, so that we can boycott, watch and harass them. Of course, the usual suspects are concerned about the effects of this law upon the "victims" (no, not the children and women):
Opponents of the expanded Web postings said the law will hurt efforts to rehabilitate convicted sex offenders and likely set off a new wave of court challenges.

"We are making it ... more difficult for people who have served prison time to go back to a community, get jobs, connect with their families," said Larry Frankel of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
While Mr. Frankel's shedding crocodile tears for these monsters, I wonder where his compassion is for their victims. I would submit that no moral person would welcome those cretins into their community, their workplace or their family.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:28 AM


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