New Jersey bans sex offenders from the web
Stay offline or face 18 months in jail, $10,000 fine
Convicted sex offenders who used websites to help them commit their crimes are to be banned from using the internet under a tough new measure signed into New Jersey law yesterday.
The bill, which was signed by the state's acting governor Richard J. Codey, will apply to offenders who used email or other electronic messages in carrying out their crimes, reports Associated Press.
Paroled sex offenders under lifetime supervision will also have to obey the new law. However, the ban exempts computer work done as part of a job or search for employment.
Sex offenders will be required to tell the state parole board about their computer access and will also be subjected to surprise examinations of their computer kit. Those caught using the internet can expect 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.
In July, News Corporation-owned MySpace deleted 29,000 profiles from its site after learning they had been set up by convicted sex offenders. ®
..seem to have admitted that they are a country of violent perverts who have to be protected from themselves, each other, personal responsibility, parental responsibility, judgement, common sense, reality, etc etc etc..
..seems to me that any SO's expelled from the USA would fit right in.
On the other hand we could just send the US Taliban over there instead, then they wouldn't have to see anything on the web that upsets them and normal people could then take a piss in their own back garden when neccessary (I lose my keys a lot) without being branded a paedophile by every ignorant fuckwit who doesn't let facts or proportionality get in the way of a good scare story.
As in, this bit?:
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This law is clearly an ass and (once again, up to the rather ill-advised gender diversion) Bryce Prewitt's one of several posts which amply sum up why.
There are a few problems with this
To clarify, this State law was introduced in New Jersey. For those of you unfamiliar with 'Jersey', they passed a law a few years back making it a crime to shovel snow into the street. It's a land of outrageous legislation. In addition, this law targets sex offenders and is one of many ridiculous laws passing on the coat tails of the Federal Megan's Law which a) Does not work and b) is cruel and unusual punishment for sex offenders. Simply taking a piss in public could land you on the sex offenders list, opening the possibility of loosing your home and your job. Soliciting a prostitute could also land you on the sex offenders list, except in the state of Nevada where it's perfectly legal and regulated.
In New York, legislation was introduced to place sex offenders into their own emergency shelters in the event of a situation which warrants the use of one. This is all part of a continued attack on society by the religious conservative zealots who thrive under the rule of King George Bush the First. btw - Bush's term ends in 2008. Those of us in the States will breath a sigh of relief when this mentally retarded 'decision maker' fades quickly into the history books and we are deeply embarrassed for most of what he has said and done.