John on May 2, 2005 at 5:01 pm
In February of this year 9 year old Jessica Lunsford was abducted from her home in Florida by John Evander Couey. This man, who was a known sex offender and was on probation at the time he kidnapped Jessica, later confessed to raping her and burying her alive.
I realize that one of the hallmarks of civilization is that crimes are “against the state” and not the individual. This prevents mob rule and allows us to serve out justice in an even handed way. I understand this and agree that it’s a good system. However…in cases like this I wish we could make an exception. Couey has already been convicted and will likely get the death penalty. It’s not nearly enough. But as a Christian, I have faith that true justice awaits him and men like him.
As a society, we have to ask why a man who was known to have committed a similar crime, who served time for it — a type of crime by the way for which the recidivism rate is extremely high — was out on probation in the first place. When are we going to face the fact that some types of criminals have no real chance of rehabilitation? Must every change in the law regarding pedophiles require the sacrifice of a child?
There is now a proposal in Florida to require electronic monitoring of sex-offenders on probation. Presumably this will become known as “Jessica’s Law.” That’s great but could no one conceive of this brainstorm prior to February? I’ll be the first to say we need the same thing here in CA to add to Amber alerts and Megan’s Law.
And here’s a really crazy idea for those in a position to do something. Rather than waiting maybe some of you — there must be some parents in the State House — could get proactive on these issues. How about GPS tracking for the most egregious offenders? How about a 2-strikes law for child molesters? Ship them all to Zarquawi, I’m open to new ideas! Or we can just do what we always do and wait for the next monster to strike and the next law, the Insert-Child’s-Name-Here Law.
I don’t think this is something we need to be constantly in fear about, but given the State’s reluctance to do what needs to be done with these predators, some of the responsibility falls on you and me. Megan’s Law has made it possible to look up sex-offenders in your neighborhood via the web. It’s worth doing. You can search by Zip code or by local school. Megan’s Law – California Dept. of Justice – Office of the Attorney General
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