Sunday, October 15, 2006
From Dallas Morning News.com: University of Texas at Austin CrimProf Michael Sharlot sees no problem with the national game of one-upmanship: Which U.S. city can put the toughest living restrictions on registered sex offenders?
Opponents of "banishment zones," aka broad no sex offender zones, say such policies pose major constitutional problems. They tack extra punishment onto people who have already done their time, and they interfere with registered sex offenders' right to live in their community.
But CrimProf Michael Sharlot says that the disadvantages associated with being an ex-offender don't constitute further punishment. It's comparable, he said, to a felon being barred from voting or from holding public office. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]