MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

July 28, 2013

Place focus on worst sex offenders

State legislators should review laws regarding our sex offender registry in order to allow law enforcement to focus on the most dangerous.

We have no empathy for those individuals who committed violent sexual acts against any adult or minor.

But the requirements of sex offenders to register keeps local law enforcement officers checking up on some people who pose little risk to the public.

That’s a tough determination that should be made with thorough thought from our legislators.

Review the three-tiered system used to rank sex offenders in our state.

Determine whether the list should be revamped to place greater emphasis on those who deserve it.

Sixteen crimes require convicted sex offenders to register for 25 years or life.

Twenty-five years is too harsh for some crimes. And life is too lenient for others.

No one is asking that the state let rapists or child molesters live without the restrictions.

However, there may be some crimes that could be considered for less strict requirements.

For instance, should a person who urinates in the alley behind a bar be considered at the same level as a person convicted of molesting a child?

The questions need to be asked.

What we really want is for local law enforcement to spend time and money to keep tabs on the worst of the violators.

That’s worth a review.

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