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Housing sex offenders

The latest "cause craze" is that the states are not doing enough to find housing for sex offenders.

There are areas that sex offenders cannot live and they cannot live within 1000 feet of a school. As they must register and file a address this presents a problem for those who cannot find a place to live. Some claim a intersection as their home of record and live the homeless life. Some groups are demanding that the states develop a system for housing convicted sex offenders.

Is this the responsibility of a state?

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  • Dec 9 2012: Lets face it, the only reason for the state to limit ex-convicts liberty is because the state fears they would commit the same crime again, and that is obviously because the state itself know and recognizes, it doesn't have the knowledge, means and/or interest to turn criminals into honest, decent citizens, so, since these measures are taken by the state because it was unable to do a good job, it is the state's responsibility to provide housing for sex offenders. It's like when you hire a plumber and that plumber does a poor job and your furniture gets wet, it is the responsibility of the plumber to repair all collateral damage.

    Jails are "Crime Universities" and that is because the judicial system is built upon wrong goals. The main goal of justice should not be to punish, like it is (shamefully) now in almost any modern society. True justice has 2 main goals: (1) to repair the damage whenever possible as soon as possible and at the greatest extent possible, and (2) to turn the criminal into a honest, decent citizen as effectively as possible and as efficiently as possible, criminals sent jail should be only those that have no hope of being successfully reinserted in society, obviously in this model jail is always for life time. There are many lessons to be learned from ancient societies, those whom "civilized world" call "savages".

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