Cryptcl: San Francisco Considers Legal Protection for Criminals

source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/07/22/san-francisco-considers-legal-protection-for-criminals/??test=latestnews

This post is a very convincing argument affording convicted felons the right to start over. If they can’t get places to live and jobs what are they supposed to do? Go back to crime to earn a living?

The real problem is that there are so many different types of convicted felons. In line with current medical marijuana laws, possession or dealing of drugs is becoming a minor offense. Addiction or substance abuse can be considered minor if the individual is really clean and sober. But who wants their child accidently run over because a ex-convict got drunk and drove again.

Now physical violence against someone, spouse or not, rape, sexual abuse, robbery, use of a weapon in a crime, murder, kidnapping, burglary, arson, pedophilia, and gang membership all must be considered major offenses, and dangerous offenses.

Should a convicted pyramid scheme convict have the right to hide his offense if he is doing business with you? Every citizen has the right to know who’s living next door? Who am I doing business with? Who has access to my children? Who has access to my home?

Now high recidivism rates could be influenced by the convicted felon’s inability to work and live a normal life. Perhaps many are forced into crime again to survive. That’s a Catch 22. If you are a convicted felon you can’t get a normal job, and because you can’t get a normal job you are forced to be a felon. It’s a good point. When is someone allowed forgiveness for their past and allowed to start over. In practice most people want to allow others to be forgiven and start over. That’s the charitable thing to do.

In the end it will come down to the type of crime and the behavior and mental illness status of the individual. It should be based on the danger a person poses to himself/herself and others. In some cases recovery is impossible, in other cases recovery is expected and encouraged. How to handle each individual needs to be defined.

But in all cases our citizens have a right to know who lives next door!

A real life example: I have a friend of a friend whose daughter got talked into sending illegal substances through the mail one time by her boyfriend. She naively admitted it to law enforcement, and got 5 years in a federal prison. She pleaded guilty and is doing her time in a federal prison. She is an intelligent, college educated, non-violent, sincerely sorry for what she did, and would never do anything like that again. It was a one time mistake. When she gets out every job and apartment will ask if she is a convicted felon. To be honest she has to answer yes. Let’s see how impacted her life is going to be because of the label “convicted felon”.

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Published in: on August 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

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