reply to post by dbloch7986
I agree that laws like "Jessica's Law" go too far in their intent to protect children. There's nothing wrong with wanting to protect children.
However, if a registered sex offender wants to become a productive member of society again, they're pretty much screwed by this law.
Actually, sex offender laws themselves are too stringent to where offenses like the one you mentioned (public urination witnessed by a child) are not
actual sex crimes, and yet are grouped as them.
Also, it's better that people have a place to live and work IF they are willing to reform themselves. People do go into treatment for sex crimes and
they can beat the odds that society has placed upon them (odds that they will always re-offend, etc).
Society as a whole is intolerant and arrogant and would prefer that people be crushed underfoot for their crimes, even if they try to reform and
become productive members again. This behavior has to be examined and the laws have to be examined as well. As the OP said, it's more dangerous to
have homeless sex offenders on the loose, especially those who may have not gone through treatment and are more likely to re-offend.