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Rights of the Individual vs. Rights of Society

How do we balance the rights of individuals with the rights of society when it involves issues of commitment, right to administer medication, and sex offender notification? Discuss the challenges.

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I located an excellent study on this topic by Human Right Watch, some of which is discussed below, and some is attached.

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1. How do we balance the rights of individuals with the rights of society when it involves issues of commitment, right to administer medication, and sex offender notification? Discuss the challenges.

There is no easy answer when considering the human rights of sex offenders, commitment to public safety, the right to administer medication (e.g., referred to chemical castration, which is a drug that reduces the sex offender's sex drive in the hope of reducing recidivism and re-offending) and sex offender notification.

These laws came into effect as a reaction to what happened to nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford, which is every parent's worst nightmare. In February 2005, she was abducted from her home in Florida, raped and buried alive by a stranger, a next-door neighbor who had been twice convicted of molesting children. Over the past decade, several horrific crimes like Jessica's murder have captured massive media attention and fueled widespread fears that children are at high risk of assault by repeat sex offenders. Politicians have responded with a series of laws, including the sex offender registration, community notification, and residency restriction laws that are the subject of this report. (1) But are they fair? Who should matter more, the rights of society to be protected or the right of the sexual offender who has committed a heinous crime, but yet, since she or he has paid for it through prison time, is it fair to continue to punish an offender for the ...

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The solution discusses how we balance the rights of individuals with the rights of society when it involves issues of commitment, right to administer medication, and sex offender notification.

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