Saturday, July 30, 2005
States Encouraging the Murder of Children
"States opt for lifetime GPS tags on molesters," by David Lieb, Associated Press, 30 July 2005, http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0730tracking30.html.
It's not just the State of Minnesota anymore...
Florida, Missouri, Ohio and Oklahoma passed laws this year requiring lifetime electronic monitoring for some sex offenders, even if their sentences would normally have expired. Similar bills have been proposed in Congress and other states, including Alabama and North Dakota.
A new Oklahoma law also requires habitual sex offenders to wear GPS monitoring devices for the rest of their lives. Ohio's budget funds lifetime GPS monitoring only for people classified as sexually violent predators.
Ideas this crazy have to be caused by hysterical cable news outlets...
Spurred by headlines of released sex offenders accused of murder, some states are mandating use of the Global Positioning System for tracking. Many lawmakers see electronic monitoring as a natural evolution of statutes that already require sex offenders to register their addresses with authorities.
A basic thought for my legislator friends in Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Alabama, and North Dakota:
The harsher you make a sentence, the more the criminal will try to avoid being caught
And what is the easiest, most obvious way for a pedophile to avoid being caught?
Kill the witness
In other words, if you want to minimize the number of victims like Jessica Lunsford...
After a registered sex offender was charged in March with killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, Florida legislators mandated tougher prison sentences for people who commit sex offenses against children and required lifetime GPS monitoring after serving time.
encouraging murder isn't the wisest option. And lifetime sentences really, really discourage criminals from getting caught.
Around the blogosphere: PC540 talks sense, and Outside Report examines the issue in depth. Forbush calls some form of pedocide moderate. A wife and mother is heartbreakingly misguided. A compulsive hooker of the yarn variety notes Lunsford-family branding. Chatguard reports just the facts. Pace Forbush, Keith notes that there is muderous monsters deserve death. Omahastar suggests eternal damnation for a lesser offensive.
Can you please tell me how I am "heartbreakingly misguided"?
Posted by: Wife and Mother | Saturday, July 30, 2005
Thank you for the comment.
I am sorry for your loss. While not to crime, I have lost a younger brother so I know it is an emptiness. He would have been a few years younger than Adam.
We agree that we need to protect children. I think we agree that the murder of a child is particularly horrific and should be punished by death. I think we also agree that we should structure our laws to reduce the number of children murdered.
HR 3132 would increase the number of child-murders.
Many if not most pedophiles are captured because their victim comes forward. We can look at it like a math problem.
(1) The child was sexually used
+ (2) The child is alive
= (3) The pedophile is in jail
Pedophilia appears to be inelastic. A great increase in force on our part gives only a small decrease in crime. We do not know how to make (1) go away, or even to become significantly smaller.
However, no one wants to spend their life under penalty. The criminal will try very hard to avoid (3).
So if (1) + (2) = (3), and (1) is not going to change, the only other way to avoid (3) is....
Every criminal knows that a dead victim can never be a witness. And the harsher the penalty for the initial crime, the less risky killing the victim to prevent him from testifying is.
Sometimes logic is cold and uncaring. This may be one of those times.
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Saturday, July 30, 2005
You left an email from my blog, with a link to here, but no email address to respond to you, so I'm posting here. You say that the increased penalties will lead to MORE murders of children. Ok, fine if that is your opinion, but what I'd like to ask is what you propose should be done?
I, as a parent, am outraged that pedophiles are so prevalent in our society. I have been exetremely lucky in that my kids are nearly grown and, so far, have not been molested. Someday I may be fortunate enough to have grandchildren and I want them to be safe.
Obviously the laws we have now are not working. Instead of being a naysayer and telling us what we have in mind won't work, why not put your logic to better use and prospose something that will.
Thanks for listening.
I'm purposely not posting my email address or blog because I don't usually like to get into political discussions.
Posted by: Lisa | Sunday, July 31, 2005
Thank you for the note. You are right that naysaying isn't an answer -- it merely identifies a problem. I have attempted an answer to your question at the link below. I would appreciate your criticism.
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Sunday, July 31, 2005