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August 17, 2009

"The Emerging Criminal War on Sex Offenders"

The title of this post is the title of this new article on SSRN from Corey Rayburn Yung (who also runs the terrific blog Sex Crimes).  Here is the abstract for Corey's new piece:

This article addresses four central questions.  First, what is the difference between normal law enforcement policy and a “war” on crime?  Second, assuming such a line can be discerned, has the enactment of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (“AWA”) in combination with other sex offender laws triggered a transition to a criminal war on sex offenders?  Third, if such a criminal war is emerging, what will be the likely effects of such a transition?  Fourth, if such a criminal war is emerging with substantial negative consequences, can it be stopped?

By reviewing America’s history of criminal wars, primarily in the War on Drugs, the article identifies three essential characteristics of a criminal war: marshaling of resources, myth creation, and exception making.  It concludes that the federalization of sex offender policy brought about by the AWA elevated law enforcement to a nascent criminal war on sex crimes.  This change could have repercussions as substantial as the drug war has had on American criminal justice and society.

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All of it is pretextual and code for government make work jobs, and lawyer rent seeking. A prominent economist confirmed the term rent seeking is a synonym for armed robbery. Try not paying taxes, and men with guns will help you do so. Most of the taxes paid will be wasted on worthless lawyer and government worker with no beneficial output. The War on Drugs has not even managed to increase the price of illegal drugs, which are merely keeping up with inflation, and must be suffering price drops in this bad economy.

The lawyer also caused this bad economy by excess regulation, then no enforcement of the laws and regulations that could have prevented the recession. The incompetence of the lawyer comes in stereo and we are surrounded by it. They over-regulate the productive public, and are lax with the criminals, the source of their jobs. We have to get rid of this pestilence from all benches, all legislative seats and all responsible policy positions in the executive.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 17, 2009 12:19:02 PM

Illinois Law, the slippery slope revealed! Please review carefully page two (2) of this article. It stipulates that in Greenwood IL there is a law pending or on the books banning convicted sex offenders AND DRUG OFFENDERS from the parks. What next, DUI offenders from ever driving on the public roads, litterers from using the sidewalks, former drug addicts from using public rest rooms, former shop lifters from going in stores?

The link: http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090818/NEWS02/908180354/Indiana+Supreme+Court+asked+for+clarity+on+local+sex+offender+restrictions

Posted by: Jim | Aug 19, 2009 10:14:08 AM

Take a look what's happening in california:

Madness I tell ya madness. There is a poster on there (la times comments of that piece) who keeps replying to anyone criticising sex offender laws with gun threats and ak47s mutters.

Posted by: Arok | Apr 10, 2011 2:51:33 AM

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