Monday, May 15, 2006


Am I the only one?

Am I the only one that has issues with this?

The State of California will use GPS techonology to map homes of sex offenders. This will make it easier to track their movements and make sure they are far enough away from schools. Read more on it here.

Three things:

Does sex offender=pedophile?

If the individual's time in prison does not wipe away the guilt of the crime, what does? Is it a really a life long sentence crime, that continues outside of the jailhouse walls?

What is the purpose of punishment, if it continues beyond the state-determined sentence? What's the point: restitution or rehabilitation?

Some issues...please comment and set me straight. Am I looking at this the wrong way?

Well, there are certainly a variety of punishments that extend past one's prison time. Felons can't vote or run for office, for example.

But sex offenders seem to suffer longer lasting punishments. Depending on where you live, a sex offender might have to tell everyone in his neighborhood that he is a sex offender, or keep a sign on his lawn saying as much.

Is this right? I don't know. If the point of our correctional institutions is to rehabilitate criminals, maybe this is an indication that the correntional community doesn't believe that sex offenders can be totally rehabilitated. Or, at least, tjeu can't perfectly distinguish between those that have been rehabilitated and those that havn't.

I don't guess I really answered your question. I can say that I don't feel comfortable with the idea myself. But I can see why some people would be concerned.
tjeu ??
1. Tjeu
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Unknown origin, used in Finland for something good, for example in a HOT/NOT list, the HOT may be replaced with a "tjeu". Probable swedish origin?

Tjeu : Sunglasses, the sea and Mountain Dew.
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2. Tjeu

Concept invented by Finnish magazine called "City", means its something worth to check. It means "Tsekkaa jos et usko" In Finnish, roughly translated "Check it out, if you don't believe".
Hmmmm... this stems from criminals being punished by the state. A crime is committed and the criminal is said to owe a debt to society. But he really just owes a debt to the victim. If there is no victim them he doesn't owe anybody anything. If the courts pursued restitution to victims, then a more substantial resolution would occur, and a better chance for reconciliation.

We want people to own up to what they did to us when they hurt us. When somebody hurts you and they say, "I'm sorry you took it wrong," they are being defensive and no one wants to forgive them. We want people to say, "I was wrong. I shouldn't have done that. How can I make it up to you?"
Our current political atmosphere doesn't want to "make people feel guilty." It wants to "understand what made them act that way." "It must be society's fault that it created such a monster."
Nonsense. We all have the capacity to act like monsters. It is arrogance to assume otherwise. Lots of good Germans followed Hitler. "There but for the grace of God, go I too."
The idea that society failed the criminal is an evil man saying, "I would never do such a thing."

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