Georgia’s sex-offender registry law should be struck down as unconstitutional because it makes being homeless a crime, a lawyer told the state’s highest court on Monday. “The law is fundamentally unfair to homeless sex offenders,” public defender Adam Levin argued to the Georgia Supreme Court. Levin represents William James Santos, a who is charged in Hall County for failing to register a new address in the sex-offender registry. Because this would be his second failure-to-register offense, Santos faces a mandatory life sentence.
William James Santos is a sex offender. William James Santos has been convicted of same and any appeals, if even filed, did not change that. William James Santos did something quite bad that affected the lives of others in ways that, its reasonable to argue, scarred them for life.
Maybe William James Santos should have thought about all this before he decided to become a sex offender. Maybe if William James Santos hadn’t violated the law, he wouldn’t be in this situation.
We need to know where Georgia’s sex offenders reside and I have no sympathy for William James Santos. If he can’t find a place to live, the Georgia Department of Corrections can help him permanently.