Sunday, June 25, 2006

Illinois May Create Violent Non-Sexual Offender Registry

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed legislation that would create a unique registry for people who commit violent but non-sexual crimes against youth, allowing people like Skora to avoid the stigma of the sexual offender registry. Supporters see it as a matter of fairness for hundreds of people who were caught up in the rush to crack down on sex offenders. "The reality is sex offenders are a great political target," said Rep. John Fritchey, a Chicago Democrat who sponsored the measure after being contacted by Skora's mother. "But that doesn't mean any law under the sun is appropriate." If signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, it would become the nation's only registry solely for violent offenders against youth, experts say.
I'm not sure about this registry since it seems to have as many pitfalls as a sexual offender registry. It could also add quite a bit of administrative costs with an uncertain benefit to public safety.

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