Thursday, October 24, 2019

Perverts and Creepers and Sickos, oh my!

It's been a good long while since we discussed some of the odder second-order effects of our laws surrounding convicted sex offenders here at VFTP, but I have to say that this latest bit of news out of Georgia leaves me in a weird place:
"Georgia is not among states that have instituted "no-candy laws" that prohibit sex offenders on parole and probation from handing out candy on the holiday and require them to display signs revealing their status in their yards. In Missouri, registered sex offenders must remain inside their home between 5 and 10:30 p.m., unless they have to be somewhere, like their jobs, or for medical emergencies.

With Halloween coming around again next week, the Butts County Sheriff's office plans to continue placing "no trick-or-treat" signs in sex offenders' yards unless a judge rules it can't, Sheriff's Assistant Amanda Bone told CNN on Thursday.
Apparently, this Georgia county sheriff had gone around last year sticking signs in the yards of the county's registered pervoids reading something along the lines of "Hey, kids! No Trick or Treating at this house! A pervert lives here!"

This triggered a lawsuit that hasn't yet been settled, and the sheriff has announced that, barring a no-no from a judge, he's heading out to put slightly modified versions in the yards this year: "Hey, kids! No Trick or Treating at this house! A pervert lives here!"

It's a creative (yet creepy in a Big Brother sort of way) solution to the problem at hand, and it triggers a host of thoughts like "If these people are so dangerous, why are they out of jail in the first place?"

A different Georgia county apparently just rounds its known perverts up on Halloween and carts them to an Anti-Kiddie Diddlin' Hootenanny that evening:
"The Newton County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office this year plans to corral sex offenders for its 13th annual Halloween shut-in in Covington. Offenders will hear from speakers from the sheriff's office, courts and Department of Community Supervision."