SEX OFFENDERS 4
Thenumber of sex offenders has increased as per the cases featured innational news over the past few decades, with the current count inPennsylvania reaching 46 while those in Slippery Rock are seven(City-Data.com, 2017). For this reason, institutions have takenmeasures to protect the vulnerable. For example, Lake MichiganCollege banned registration of sex offenders intheir campus. Alternatively, the management allowed them to takeonline courses. Althoughsuch measure can be effective, colleges should instead start runningstudents’ criminal records because banning them from the campus isa form of discrimination yet one can reform with adequate counselingand guidance.
First,running student’s criminal records as screening for potentiallydangerous behavior will open opportunities for learning andreformation. Institutions have the right to ensure the safety oftheir members but not at the cost of others in the same institution(Grace, 2016). In this case, sex offenders should beprovidedwith moral support, and guidance and counseling for change. Thiswill ensure they get basic education as well as community resourcewhich can help them reform. Besides, restricting themfromthe school does not guarantee the safetyof the others in their home fronts. Secondly, the institutions shouldhave measures of monitoring low-riskstudents (Grace, 2016)). The staff,for example,can be told to report if a certain student is missing classes. Thismay be tiresome for the staff due to their other responsibilities butit is important toensure the safety of the student, and that theoffenders continue their education.
Inconclusion, sex offenders are just like any other criminals and theyjust need a proper environment and rehabilitation. They should betreated right and not segregated from the community. Moreimportantly,however,the convicted sex offenders should be made to undergo therapy toenable to both cope up with the crime they committed and handle thestigma they may be facing from other students.
City-Data.com.(2017). “Registered sex offenders in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.”Retrieved from www.city-data.com/so/so-slippry-rock-pennyslvania.html
Grace,C (2016). Sex offenders: Banned on Community Colleges. Retrieved fromwww.communitycollegereview.com/blog/sex-offenders-banned-on-community-colleges
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