In a sort of deja vu moment for Georgia, courtesy of its neighbor to the east, Florida, controversy has erupted over an encampment of sex offenders in Cobb County (north Georgia). After the Associated Press reported on the existence of the camp yesterday, officials in Georgia ordered the camp dismantled and moved citing “liability issues.” I don’t think it would be a surprise to discover more camps like this one in Georgia or other states with strict sex offender residency laws. Again, one has to wonder about the wisdom of segregating any and all sex offenders from the general population. Why not designate an island in the mold of Guantanamo and shuttle all our country’s sex offenders there? Again, one must ask what our government officials are aiming for with their sui generis policies on sex offenders. Obviously, it isn’t reintegration into society or rehabilitation. Then what is the point of having them released from jail at all? Does allowing a convicted sex offender to linger on the outskirts of society make him or her any less dangerous than with a policy of perpetual banishment?
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