From a new book on sex offender laws:
“Policymakers choose to focus on the most heinous sex offenders while ignoring the most common sexual threats that people face. Policymakers are disproportionately influenced by isolated, high profile cases of sexual assault committed by strangers, to the neglect of the everyday sexual violence committed by known and familiar family, friends and acquaintances. This choice gives lawmakers simple and clear political benefits but overall has made the public less safe.”
~ Richard G. Wright, Ed., Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions (New York: Springer, 2009), p. 4.
You wrote: “Convicted child molester Graham James apparently got a pardon in 2007 quite easily and without the public knowing.”
Actually he got a pardon because he met the legal criteria. Ooops!
You wrote: “Which means unless he’s applying for a job where children or other vulnerable people are involved, his criminal past won’t show up on a criminal record check.”
Actually, that’s a provision Stockwell Day promised to change a couple of years ago. What’s up with those guys? Are they just grandstanding on the symbolism of “tough on crime”?
I note that your blog has taken a dignified turn of late: people are back to calling each other pedophiles.
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