Christina Delgado, in an op-ed for The Hill, writes that recent legislation passed by the House of Representatives would unnecessarily criminalize youthful behavior, and should be rejected by the Senate.
The stated purpose of the bill — H.R. 1761, the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act — is to “protect children from sexual exploitation by criminalizing ‘the knowing consent of the visual depiction, or live transmission, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.'”
The penalty under the law is a mandatory 15 year prison sentence. Delgado, and others, point out that means that minors caught texting explicit images of themselves to a friend could face a mandatory 15 year prison sentence. She says that over-criminalization should be rejected.
With zealous lawmakers at the ready, overcriminalization continues to pose a threat to our society and freedoms. Injecting government into every aspect of our lives fails to promote public safety; instead, it continues to burden our justice system with problems our communities are responsible to solve. H.R. 1761, unfortunately, threatens children and their future….It is vital that the Senate reject this legislation.
Read Delgado’s op-ed at The Hill.