Friday, November 29, 2013

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

A lot of justification of the Sex Offender Registry centers around making the community feel safe by letting them know where the danger is. It is, of course, a false sense of security. Recidivism rates (under 10%, the lowest of any category of crime, including murder) have remained virtually unchanged since the 10 years before the sex offender laws came into effect.

Clearly, watching Sex Offenders has had little to no effect in reducing recidivism or preventing new sex crime, for the simple reason that the majority of new sex crime is committed by those who aren't on the Sex Offender Registry.

Which brings me to this interesting news story: Texas police officer accused of rape (link)

The public relies on the Sex Offender Registry and the police to watch Sex Offenders and keep them safe. But, who watches the watchers?

Friday, November 22, 2013


I've been absent from this site for a while, but I plan on posting more after the new year. However, I want to mark the passage of an anniversary today.

Twenty-five years ago this night, two lives intersected, and both were forever changed. Tonight, I sit in memory of that event, when selfish and uncaring actions by myself stole something that can never be returned.

I mark this anniversary this night, as I have every night for the past 24 years, in her memory. I pray that she has found her way back to the peace that I took from her. She forgave me - I cannot forgive myself.