An example of this can be seen in the case of former gang leader and gambling baron Robin Chee. He was sentenced for various drugs and affiliated offences in 1995, and served an 8 year sentence before being released in 2003. Upon leaving prison, the State Casino Control Commission of Atlanta imposed an indefinite ban on him frequenting casino sites because of his past associations with organized crime. This imposition endured until the start of 2011, where despite maintaining his status has a law abiding citizen in the intervening years, he continued to be penalized for previous and punished deeds.
As this ban was lifted this week, Robin Chee was finally granted the full reprieve he felt he had been denied since his release. The nature of this ban may have been only a slight infringement upon his human rights, but is was one that some would argue was unnecessary given that he had served the terms of his sentence and been released by federal bodies. This argument is supported by the concepts of democracy and justice, which would indicate that as a sentence is set in proportion to the crime, then once this is served any social debt is fully repaid.
The Reasons for Extended Punishment and RegulationThis is an interesting area of crime and punishment, as it is at odds with the ideals of democratic justice systems. The problem is that this type of regulation for perpetrators who commit certain types of violent or compulsive, but perhaps less so in instances where criminals were motivated by financial gain rather than primal urges. Although western cultures generally wish to treat all criminals and victims as equally as possible, this is often not possible due to the diverse nature of criminal behavior and its their causes.
So while it is entirely understandable that a perpetrator of sexual offences would be registered on a database and monitored in terms of their movements and activity, it is less so to apply a similar sanction on a criminal who committed acts due to economic motives. The reason for this is simple. A sexual offender is driven to these types of crime by compulsion and urge, which makes them most likely to re-offend and the hardest criminal type to rehabilitate. In contrast an organized criminal acts out of planning and greed, and while this does not absolve their crimes, it does make them more susceptible to rehabilitation.
Taking this into consideration, it would seem a little excessive that a ban on gambling and other activities should be implimented once a sentence is served. Gambling, for example, is not a criminal activity in itself (in some US states), and therefore often acts as an incidental aspect of a perpetrators criminal activity. As a past time that is legal in its own right and also not a compulsive or emotive aspect of criminology, it should be a permitted act once an individual has been released from their debt to society.