Thursday, January 26, 2006

The ghettos beckon...

Washington state now takes the lead on the road to the final solution for sex offenders. Three state senators have filed senate bill 6832, which permits counties to "designate specific areas where an offender convicted of a sex offense may reside."

I'd long been of the opinion that the power to declare where someone cannot live is effectively the same as the power to declare where he can. The same right is lost both ways. It was only a matter of time until somebody else figured it out too, and so...

Congratulations to Sen. Mike Carrell, Sen. Don Benton,
and Sen. Val Stevens for your work in leading America another step down the road. Your predecessors in another country, many years ago, would be proud of you.

(Note: the ACLU has apparently declared it has no problem with zoning laws anymore.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would say that unless you have a very restrictive buffer zone (1000 ft or more), exclusion zones are not as bad as "SO only zones." My main worry is that the same tactics used for SO's will eventually apply to all felons, and then non-criminals. DNA databases were for SO's and murederes only 15 years ago, but now, NY and other states are adding arrestees and convicted misdemeanents to the database. Meth registries are popping up across the country, and in Britain, there are plans for a population register (look up "National Identity Register.)" Also, GPS tagging, required for SO's now, can easily spread to other criminals (perhaps as a way to reduce jail overcrowding for drug users). With the hoopla over the NSA tracking calls, I can easily see the police tracking me using GPS 15 or 20 years from now.

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