A moral panic is defined as a widespread feeling of fear, often an irrational one, that some evil person or thing threatens the values, interests, or well-being of a community or society. It is “the process of arousing social concern over an issue,” usually perpetuated by moral entrepreneurs and the mass media and exacerbated by politicians and lawmakers.

On June 9, 2021, South Carolina Supreme Court says a state law requiring sex offenders to register for life without prior judicial review is unconstitutional. Justices called South Carolina’s sex offender law “The most stringent in the country.”