Instructor: Benita Grimm
After reviewing deterrence and how deterrence relates to humiliation I believe that deterrence relates to humiliation by humiliating a person for what they have done wrong, it is similar to a sex offender which in the state of Massachusetts any sex offender has to knock door to door in the neighborhood and let the neighbors know that he or she is a sex offender which I think is really humiliating knowing that everybody that you live around knows that you are a sex offender but that is a punishment for what someone does and has to live with. Now back to deterrence, I think it also can be used to show other people what the outcome is if they had done the same thing, so it deters other people from doing the same thing. I would say that I agree with this any form of deterrence because that someone should not have committed the crime in the first place, regarding the example of Ohio using deterrence in to the oldest form which requires all first time DUI offenders to wear a yellow license plate while on suspension with driving privileges I agree with that because DUI is a pretty serious offense and a huge one when someone is drunk and driving a car that can ultimately put lives into danger, and the yellow license plates lets everyone know that’s going to happened if they drive under the influence so people will learn from that and also most of us don’t want to drive with a yellow license plate to show that we have been arrested for DUI. In the state of Massachusetts the only humiliation practice that I was able to find and heard about is the ones of sex offenders. My friend told me that one day he got a knock on his door from a man who had moved closed by telling him that he was a registered sex offender and after a week the local police send all the neighbors’ information on the mail regarding the sex offender that had just moved in. What I found about information collected in sex offender registries in my state is that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is one of 49 states to have passed legislation that requires released sex offenders to register with local law enforcement in the area in which they live which until 1996 the only ones who had access to those files were the local police stations but that has changed ever since, according to Dan Lungren, former Attorney General of the state of California “sex offenders have been the most protected class of convicted criminals on the street” he also said that by releasing their information to the public where they reside we better equip people to protect themselves and their children. The information that the State of Massachusetts makes available to law enforcement regarding convicted sex offenders it’s really not confidential at all and provides all kinds of information regarding a convicted sex offender such as their name, date of birth, their physical appearance, their social security number, their work and home address, their photo, their fingerprints, a detailed description of offense which include the type of offense, the location, the date convicted but it does not provide driver’s license number, their vehicle their drive, DNA or blood type. This type of information is collected and made aware to the public which the offender resides to determine the dangers he poses. I think that this practice is effective and has been for years since law enforcement has a done a better job equipping the public with enough information regarding sex offenders and where they reside, but also has done a great job protecting the rights of the offenders even thought there was not much information available to how effective this deterrence is but I have gotten text messages on my phone from local authorities saying that a sex offender has moved in close to me, going back to the knocking on the door thing, that seems pretty humiliating to me because a person has to go all around the...
References: Clear, T.R., Cole, G.f., Reisig, M.D. (2013). American corrections, 10th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Do Sexual Predators Have the Right to Privacy?. (n.d.). Sex Offender Registries. Retrieved July 25, 2014, from http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~burnsm/SOR.html
Please join StudyMode to read the full document