Crime ≠ Punishment

In Michigan, they're trying to reform the Michigan Sex Offenders Registry, and not a moment too soon. As it currently stands, an 18-year-old who had engaged in consensual sex with a 15-year-old is listed on the Registry for 25 years "in full view of anyone with an Internet connection". The age of consent in Michigan is 16 years old.

It seems silly that a teenager who's had sex, agreed upon by both parties, with another teenager three years younger than he must be lumped in with rapists on a Sex Offender rap sheet until he reaches 43 years old.

Moreover, another 18-year-old spent a year in prison, then a two-year probation, and is also on the 25-year Sex Offender registry for having consensual sex with a 15-year-old.

Meanwhile, in the same week, two teens aged 14 and 16 were caught throwing objects - such as stolen mailboxes and tires - off an overpass of a major highway causing accidents and injuries (their excuse was that they were simply "looking for something to do"). Will these teens, who may have killed someone, have their names on public display for 25 years? Wouldn't metro Detroiters have been safer if these two had chosen to stay home and had sex with other teenagers?

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It's worse than that. You

It's worse than that. You can deliberately kill somebody, get out on parole, and there is no registry to tell the whole neighborhood and everyone else on the planet where a convicted killer has decided to live.

Just another example of

Just another example of distorting justice by doing an end-around by the courts and imposing things like minimum sentences and putting your file on the net for everyone to see for the next 30 years.

Come visit the good Commonwealth of Virginia! Last week, 25 new DWI laws were enacted, which pretty much puts us at the top of the list in terms of "toughness". Ah, and the local media just sucks it up without question, as if any laws that "crack down" on "drunk" drivers is qithout question a good law. First time offenders now get a mandatory prison stay. Repeat offenders can have their right to bail taken away, and the state can rob them of their automobile. Second-offenders get a breathalyzer-ignition-cutoff.

And they will continue to pour our money into "cracking down". As a lawmaker said last week, this won't stop drunk driving (duh), and so we may need to funnel more taxpayer dollars into "education" and extra law enforcement.

Over the next few weeks, they will be setting up roadblocks to catch those "drunk" drivers who are driving safely enough to not be noticed by cops. It's comforting knowing that I can cut you off, nearly kill you, run you off the road, but as long as I don't have alcyhol on the breath when I hit the roadblock, then I'm a-ok. But if I have a .08 BAC and am driving safely, then I go to prison.

I'm not advocating drunk driving, but at the same time, this draconian bullshit is just another ploy of the gov't to make it look like they're doing something. We have laws for reckless and unsafe driving. DUI laws, especially rediculous ones like ours, are similar to hate-crime legislation, and the aforementioned sex crimes laws. Unfair punishment because of some sort of social stigma. I can beat someone of the head, and get a prison sentence of 2 years, but if I beat them over the head while yelling racial slurs, then I can get 5 years. I can drive down the interstate going the wrong direction, run people off the road, and maybe get my license back in a week...but if I have a .08 bac, am driving perfectly fine, and get to a police roadblock, then the police must throw me in prison. I can have consentual sex with a girl 3 years younger than me, and have my picture posted on the net for 25 years as a sex offender...but if I kill someone and get out on parole, then my picture isn't posted anywhere.

As I said, just a few of the many perversions of the justice system, perpetrated by do-no-good pols looking to appease the whining masses and make it look like they're being "productive". Fuckers.

My son dated a girl two

My son dated a girl two years younger than him. They attended the same school and were friends, then dated with both parents permission. At age 15 1/2 and 18 they began having sex. The parents of the girl then decided that this was not in their daughters best interest and pursued legal means. My son ended up in a legal battle to stay out of prison and have his name on the sex offender registery. The final outcome...the prosecuter was willing to drop all charges if my son joined the millitary. Maybe a good choice if it wasn't for the fact that we are at war. Quite the choice, prison or millitary.

My son dated a girl two

My son dated a girl two years younger than him. They attended the same school and were friends, then dated with both parents permission. At age 15 1/2 and 18 they began having sex. The parents of the girl then decided that this was not in their daughters best interest and pursued legal means. My son ended up in a legal battle to stay out of prison and keep his name off the sex offender registery. The final outcome...the prosecuter was willing to drop all charges if my son joined the millitary. Maybe a good choice if it wasn't for the fact that we are at war. Quite the choice, prison or millitary.