Cuff ‘im

Cuff ‘im

: We’re wasting an ankle bracelet on Martha Stewart.

How much better it would be if we slapped that ankle bracelet on a sex offender.

The slime who confessed to kidnapping and murdering Jessica Lunsford was a sex offender who was not where he was registered; he was across the street from the poor little girl and that’s where he killed her.

Registration, unfortunately, is not enough. Something more needs to be done. So shy shouldn’t sex offenders be cuffed with electronic bracelets and tracked for the rest of their lives?

  • von

    Had he been downloading MP3’s or committing some sort of financial fraud, they would have known right where he was. Sad!

  • elmegil

    Maybe because not all “sex offenders” are the same slimebags as this guy?
    Where I live we recently had a newspaper article about some poor sap who had the poor judgement as an 18 year old to be dating a 14 or 15 year old whose parents had him thrown in jail. Bad judgement? Definitely. But now he’s been out for 10 years and he STILL can’t move out of his parent’s basement (with his wife and two children) because he can’t keep a job once they find that he is a “registered sex offender”. Never mind that he long ago learned the lesson of his poor judgement and is now TRYING to be a productive member of society.
    Until the legal system can make some kind of finer judgement than “sex offender” or “not sex offender”, draconian measures like the cuffs are going to be hurting a lot of people unfairly too.

  • Tony

    Why not released murderers? Convicted “hackers” are prevented from even getting near a computer, while those convicted of vehicular manslaughter or 3 DUIs aren’t prevented from driving a car. Such arbitrariness in our judicial system threatens the right of equal protection…

  • Gregg

    Why stop at tracking for the rest of their lives? Perhaps we should have everyone take a pscyhological exam at age 6 to determine any propensity for crime, then insert an RFID chip so we can track them going forward. Pre-crime, here we come!

  • Mike G

    Great idea. Because pissed-off wives need one more nuclear option in a divorce proceeding.

  • Fcb

    A disturbing dichotomy: on the one hand, I’m very glad we have here in CA a web-based register of sex offenders, which allows you to discover which offenders live close to you, and what it was they did; but on the other hand public “tracking” of offenders sometimes has the consequence of keeping offenders on the move, as nobody wants a child molester living on their street? So they turn to vagrancy, move around, become harder not easier to keep an eye on?
    I do agree with the earlier commenter about the binary categorization, in which for example homosexual men caught in-flagrante before liberalization can be tarred with the same brush as kiddie diddlers and rapists?

  • Jonas Cord

    The only way the justice system can be fair as far as I’m concerned is if that a prisoner is released after serving time, they get a second chance to start over and be innocent until proven guilty. If people are uncomfortable with that, they need to consider keeping these people in jail indefinitely.

  • GSR

    Totally agree with this sentiment. If we’re going to bother with registering sex offenders,let’s track their whereabouts too, otherwise, I’m with Jonas’ comment above – longer jail times without probation.

  • Elmegil….You mean to say there is currently NO distinction being made between (consenting?) statutory rape and someone with what is generally considered to be incurable impulses towards children?

  • Vox

    It’s called civil rights, once a person has done their time society believes in turning them loose. There seems to be a large segment of the establishment that believes these offenders can be rehabilitated and function normally in society. Unfortunately, we see over and over again that this is a false hope – and children die in the support of that hypothesis.
    We need to differentiate between levels of offense (elmegil‘s example vs. molestation) and get some tough sentencing. It doesn’t do any good to track an offender if all you can do is prove, after the fact, that he came in contact with a child or other victim.