New Guidelines Urge Courts To Jail Sex Offenders and Domestic Abusers Who Breach Orders


I am also concerned about some of the wrongful accusations that have appeared in the news and their consequences on the lives of those who become victims of unjustified accusations. It suggests that a certain amount of anonymity should be allowed initially; both to the accused, as well as to the accuser, until guilt has been established beyond reasonable doubt.

I’m not sure prison is the solution for such offenders, although the offence, if proved, deserves a serious penalty and one that will serve as a real deterrent. Perhaps humiliation through unwanted publicity or curfew and tagging to restrict freedom of movement as well as the imposition of a huge fine might suffice.

The latter might be taken directly from wages or salary over a period commensurate with a prison sentence as long as the physical threat posed could be completely neutralized. So far, only a prison sentence can guarantee that – and it is the threat of violation that is most intimidating for the victim.

Of course, at the end of the sentence, the threat of violation could start again when the offender is freed. Prison cannot guarantee a cure so the conundrum remains for no one can have the perfect answer.

via New Guidelines Urge Courts To Jail Sex Offenders and Domestic Abusers Who Breach Orders

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