I don't know if those out in the blogosphere read this, but I don't think this is the best way to discipline sex offenders.
Isn't it enough that these people have to go to jail and then register for the rest of their life on the sex offender registry? Sex offenders are the only people who don't get a fair chance to start over should they be released from jail. They can't live within certain limits of schools (which is good) and are constantly labeled by the public as dangerous and sick. They have to live their lives with the stigma.
And I understand that children who are victimized also have to live with lifelong issues but I also think people ought to be able to serve time for their crime and be done. Other criminals don't have to worry about this.
I'm not saying that those who commit sex violations shouldn't be punished because they should. But I am saying that seizing a person's property such as homes and cars should not be passed into law.
An online reader posted this to the story: "While I will be the first to say someone who sexually abuses a child should be severely punished....this bill, as I see it goes way outta line. After all, many child molesters are married men with families of their own. Those families do not know (or condone) what daddy has done. Do THEY deserve to have their house, their cars, their computers taken away and their lives destroyed for what their dad or husband did? It is hard enough for them to have to find out what kind of a person he is, but why should they be kicked to the street because of it? You are not only punishing the offender but his whole extended family which had no part in what happened. This is wrong. Punishment needs to fit the crime and in my view this - is overkill and not right. Punish the offender.....not his family."
I agree with this.
Another commentor wrote this: "We do the almost the same thing to drug pushers and no one cries. It is time to drop the hammer on sex offenders. If a person is suspected of drug dealing but is found innocent the property remains theirs or they are compensated. The same could be done for suspected sex offenders. Forget the 17 not sleeping with the 18 and the parent getting accused of something by an upset child. That has always happened and unfortunately probably always will. No people we are talking about sex offenders. Your child or your spouse gets sexually assaulted you'll be singing a different song on this forum. The concerns can be worked out. The ACLU's opposition to this is enough for me to say good job legislators. Get serious and tough about sex offenders."
Tell me what ya'll think should be done. Anyone?