The NC General Assembly is considering large mandatory minimum sentences for certain sex offenders. In addition, they're looking at the following bills:
One bill appropriates $1.3 million for electronic monitoring. It requires global positioning satellite monitoring of the most serious and intermediate sex offenders for the period of their probation, parole or post-release supervision.
Another requires sex offenders moving to North Carolina to register with the state and requires the DMV to notify people moving into the state of the requirement when they first get their North Carolina driver’s license.
Another bill expands sex-offender registration to include people convicted of statutory rape. It also would require in-person registration and annual verification of the address by the offender.
Yet another would make harboring of a sex offender a felony.
Jessica's law would require 25-life for sex offenses involving a child victim. My wife and I disagree about criminal law a lot, but she's usually the harder nose. But a few years ago, after we read about a Texas man who had a big red sign on the front of his house announcing that a sex offender lived inside, we realized that our positions are reversed on this topic. Something about the sign didn't sit right with her, while I kind of thought it should be bigger and brighter.
Given that sex offenders are more likely than other criminal groups to repeat their crimes, what do you think of the proposals before the NC GA?