This case is an example of what can happen when a state legislature passes laws intended to be tough on crime. Proposals that aren’t thoroughly examined and vetted can cause unintended consequences. More to the point, if adopted, they can become bad laws that have a crippling lifelong impact. Even the victim and the victim’s mother have recognized the toll the restrictions have placed on Anderson’s ability to live a normal life and have pleaded for leniency on the young man’s behalf.
This case is an example of a law with good intentions going bad because of legislative overreach. Michigan legislators should fix it.