As a offender who has been sentenced for a crime and paid my debt to society by completing a 13 year prison sentence along with 3 years of supervised release, I often feel that the registry laws do force a burden that is in effect equal to the death sentence.
Here in Pennsylvania, I now have gone from 10 year registrant to a lifetime (when I was released in 2004 I had to register for 10 years); now laws keep changing. and I must register for life every three months. Also my car and all email accounts and place of work must be updated, along with any time I’m out of my home for vacation and where I’m spending that time.
I must pay for the gas to go register along with the usual hour wait to get the registering updated. Not to mention the attitude you get from the state cops who are forced to do this job that they wouldn’t care to.
I must also do extra yard work from the people that throw trash into the yard. since my address is in sight of any person feeling the need to relieve their stress by bashing some one else.
Was I wrong in 1992 when I committed my offense? Without a doubt. Did I understand that? Not fully, and today I can say maybe the death sentence would have been a better choice at time of plea agreement.