Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Obsession with sex offenders is branding people for life for low-level, juvenile offenses

Eric Berkowitz has a big editorial in the New York Times, review, p 7, July 31, “Punishment that doesn’t fit the crime”, with a byline, “Innocent acts have gotten kids branded as lifelong predators.”

He gives an example of a kid who was abused who then was himself convicted of an “offense” with a cousin at age 13, and then banned from a college campus years later.  

Remember the narrative of the case of Zach Anderson in Michigan and Indiana, link.

This would seem to raise constitutional questions about "cruel and unusual punishment". 

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