The United States criminal justice system seems to be increasingly focused on punishment rather than rehabilitation. This is most evident in the system's treatment of alleged and convicted sex offenders. Individuals convicted of sex crimes face a lifetime relationship with the criminal justice system, regardless of where they live or what they do for a living. While the wisdom behind such a system has yet to be proven, it is the system in which thousands of individuals who have completed their sentences are forced to live within.
A wanted man in Michigan and now Arizona was recently arrested in Phoenix. The man, who was convicted in Michigan of sexual crimes in 1993, moved to Arizona sometime after serving his sentence. The 51-year-old allegedly failed to register his new address with Michigan and Arizona in violation of state law. He was named on the top ten most wanted sex offender website since 2010 and was arrested after police were given a tip about his location.