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Supreme Court strikes down N.C. law banning sex offenders from social media

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From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 738: The U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down a North Carolina law that banned registered sex offenders from using social media sites such as Facebook. Jon Guze, John Locke Foundation director of legal studies, discusses the reversal of the state Supreme Court ruling that had upheld North Carolina’s law. Guze outlines U.S. Supreme Court justices’ concerns. He also explains why the high court split on some details of the majority opinion.



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    The commentators in this broadcast brought up a good point about doing what we can to protect our most vulnerable, or children. The problem that most lawmakers don’t realize though is that focusing on registered offenders is almost useless in this endeavor and only serve to further punish those that have served their sentence (as Justice Kennedy pointed out in his opinion).

    Contrary to popular belief, recidivism for RSOs is one of the lowest of all criminal categories (placed second with murder being the lowest) at 5.3%. Furthermore, 95% of sx crimes are committed by someone not on the registry at the time of offense and 93% are committed on someone they know. The idea that the SO down the street will jump at any opportunity to abduct your kids is demonstrably rare, although it has been known to happen and the registry doesn’t stop it when it does. Statistics show you should be more watchful of Uncle Billy, Mrs Fletcher, or Father Donovan than the guy down the street who looked at underage pictures online 10 years ago.