The list isn’t even a list of pedophiles. It is people who urinate in public, kids that are exploring their sexuality in a healthy way with age-appropriate partners (i.e. sexting), victims of false accusations gone too far, and also some pedophiles too. The list is so vague as to be useless. Actually, I have to correct myself there, it works to help pedophiles find neighborhoods that have a false-sense of security since no pedophiles live there. So, I can’t say the list is completely useless, it’s simply not beneficial to society in any way.
Something as simple as public urination can put a person in this list. Their lives are ruined because the laws are vague enough that many people believe that you must be a pedophile if you’re on the list. It’s inconceivable why law enforcement continues to put teens, streakers, and drunk people who pee on the side of the road in the same group as rapists and pedophiles, yet they do and they never think of the consequences.
The list is a symptom of a law enforcement system that has no idea how to do their job. It is an ineffective half-measure designed to placate the populace while doing nothing to benefit them. It increases fear and justifies large law enforcement budgets, but does nothing to promote safety. In fact, the list does all sorts of things it wasn’t (publicly) intended to, and fails at the single task it was created for.
These laws are deplorable and unjust. If a sex offender has been released from prison, then the prison is attesting to the fact that their time has been served and they are no longer a danger to their community. It is the job of the prison system to ensure that they have been rehabilitated. To not do so is failing in every aspect of a civilized society.
If they cannot be trusted in society, then they should not have been released. To continue punishing them after they have served their time is inhumane and often forces them to live in clustered communities where they can’t really have a normal life anymore.
If you’re a murderer, identity thief, fraudster, scammer, or any other type of convicted felon, feel free to keep using Facebook and going about your life as normal. You are, apparently, “better” than a sex offender, even if he was just drunk and peed in the bushes.
Picture from the Telegraph.