Fifteen years is a long time

I find the scarlet letter wording quite interesting!   What I was looking at is that the law says that it’s NOT a punishment, but in this write-up they admit that it is.

http://www.jerseyjusticemonitor.com/2013/01/09/is-it-time-to-apply-to-be-released-from-megans-law-registration-or-aommunity-supervision-for-life/

Megan’s Law Registration and Community Supervision for Life as Counterproductive to Rehabilitation
An argument may also be advanced that after 15 years, if a person has been productive, gainfully employed, law abiding and has fully complied with all conditions of counseling, parole conditions and supervision – registration and the intrusive nature of parole supervision can be counterproductive to rehabilitation and not in the interest of society.

Registration can result in hostility from neighbors, can interfere with employment, and may create issues relative to interfering with the establishment of a normal healthy family unit. Having law enforcement periodically visit one’s home, question family members, question neighbors, can also be destructive to a healthy and stable life. The legislature recognized that there comes a time when even those convicted of sex offenses may be deserving of being welcomed back into the community without the “Scarlet Letter.” Fifteen years is a long time to prove that one can successfully participate in society under the onerous registration and supervision requirements.

5 comments for “Fifteen years is a long time

  1. Scott
    February 25, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I guess things like this differ from each state. I find states are tougher elsewhere and to the point of marshal law feeling except it is your neighbors who play fink or snake reputation simply to cause trouble. I,ve been down this road many times where I live and I am frankly exhausted. I don,t want to fight anymore. I,ve been unemployed since 2005 and I am just wore out with Nos and not being able to function as a person.

    I can only plead that if people can sit back and complain about us, then they shouldn’t unless they are going to help us in a positive way where we can give back to society. It,s apparent that serving time or even participating in programs still aren’t good enough. I can handle being held accountable but let’s move on to other issues so I can. I don,t live in the past anymore. It,s time people turn their pages to a New chapter and beginning.

  2. KayT
    February 27, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Isn’t it interesting that society punishes with poverty and inactivity? Two of the most dangerous situations for anyone.

    • Scott
      March 15, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      I always think about just how many felons are without jobs that could actually be doing good and doing a good service within their own community. Let’s put SO,s aside and think about how much taxes felons could actually be putting back into the system which could allow for after care programs or mentor ship for those who fall in the same cracks as they did. Unless a person has actually been through it, those who haven,t, really have no clue what brought them their in the first place. We could learn a lot from peoples thinking patterns and of course the atmosphere they were brought up in. We all suffer some form of hurts hang ups, and habit.

  3. anonymous
    April 25, 2015 at 12:21 am

    15 years? Hell, what about the states that have lifetime [aka 25 years minimum]? 15 years would be a godsend for them!

  4. KayT
    April 25, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Dear Anynoymous, nobody here at Sosen and I seriously doubt that any RSO/registered citizen anywhere would disagree with you.

    The point of the article is that the writers of laws that support the registries say that it is NOT cruel and unusual punishment and that registration is not an added sentence or punishment. The article that I quoted above admits that 15 years is a long time and that people should be allowed to leave the registry if they’ve lived a good life while on parole.They admit that it is burdensome and it is not often that any arm of the law will admit that the sentencing of registrants is added punishment/a burden.

    To get anyone anywhere to admit that the registry is punishment has been impossible because if they did admit that it is, they know that things would need to be changed. I posted the article because so far as I know, this is the first time that those who are in places that promote the registry has admitted that the registry is added punishment that they know is burdensome.

    So, that’s my take on things as they stand now.

    Kay T

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