Thursday, March 19, 2009

Through a New Looking Glass: Housing for Registered Sex Offenders

In society there those that we wish we could just get rid of and put them out of our mind. However the answer may not always be as simple as killing them. When I say kill I'm sure you think I'm talking about criminals and you would be right. Once a criminal has served their sentence what do you do with them? More specifically what do you do with some of the worst criminals once it is time for them to try to rejoin society?

I was reading this story today at MSNBC about how a Catholic charity in Lexington, Kentucky scrapped plans to buy a house that would have been home to four registered sex offenders amid protests from local residents.


A few years ago I would not have cared that they didn't have a place to stay. But now things are not so clear.

Yesterday's perception: What we have here are some of the worst people in society, sex offenders. This means that they have hurt innocent people in of the most personal, private, and horrible ways possible. Frankly speaking I don't think there were then or are now too many people that would be willing to allow such people to ever see the light of day again. And how dare they think that they should be able to live anywhere near a civilized neighborhood. To the devil with them. Don't care where they end up.

Today's perception: What we have here are some of the worst people in society, sex offenders. This means that they have hurt innocent people in of the most personal, private, and horrible ways possible. Frankly speaking I don't think there were then or are now too many people that would be willing to allow such people to ever see the light of day again. And how dare they think that they should be able to live anywhere near a civilized neighborhood. However I think it is important to keep up with such people. There have been stories of scores of registered sex offenders that live in shelters, under bridges, and other off the radar locations. This is a problem.

One of the reasons a lot of these offenders were able to commit their crime(s) in the first place was because they were able to stay off the radar of suspicion. But at least then their whereabouts are usually known and can be tracked. However in the event they are caught, serve their sentence, get registered, and then disappear they will be off the radar of suspicion and the literal radar as well. This means they will have the element of surprise to strike again and will be able to get away much easier since there will be almost nothing to track.

Now mind you I would not advocate that they be allowed to live near locations near children but at the same time I have never seen anyone offer some sort of alternative living situation that would allow for them to still have someone keep tabs on them. Plain and simple people make such a big deal about registering sex offenders just to let them fade off the map anyway. If they want to keep up with these criminals then they have to be put somewhere they can be watched.


At first glance it is real easy to just write someone off as an undesirable that should just be dumped off at the wayside but at a second look it night not be such a good idea to allow such people to drop off the face of the planet so easily.
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