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Sex offender registry laws driven
It is heartening to know that Matthew Freeman (“Pittsfield Twp. 15) and others with similar stories are coming forward, and that members of the media are telling of their plight.
Sex offender registries in Michigan and nationwide are growing by leaps and bounds. Sex offender laws implemented in recent years cast a wide net and catch many fish that are awarded equal status with the shark. It a system that offers no measurable gain, but creates substantial loss.
Taxpayer dollars are lost to pay for implementation of sex registry laws and oversee compliance. Taxpayer money is lost to fund prosecution, incarceration, or to manage the probation of We lost a controlled and focused sex offender list to a watered down version that makes it harder to target and prosecute true offenders. We lost rationale and logic to what often amounts to a whipped up frenzy of fear.
Most sad is the human potential and emotional health lost or diminished when individuals are unfairly demonized and penalized by inclusion on a sex registry. The stigma and restrictions put on anyone who appears on a sex offender list are creating a growing under society of people who face serious employment, residential and social limitations, and who can do little, if anything, to rise above their circumstances.
Think of the craze to catch during the Salem Witch Trials. Think of all the of the McCarthy Era. Sex offenders regardless of whether they truly are or not are the latest demons to fear and persecute. One can only hope that more and more follow Matthew Freeman example . . . that they step out of the shadows and work to bring understanding and change to the emotional force driving unjust and costly victimization.
Nancy ByersThere are over 1,000,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. Now here is the meat of this comment; If anyone was to take the time and use any internet serach program such as Yahoo search, or Google, or Dogpile and type the heading “Sex Offender Myths” and then read through some of the sites there you will find a great many science proved truths relating to sex offenders. And then you will notice that after you read through some of the sites that give and show the true stats and true facts relating to sex offenders you will in turn figure out that the major majority of most of what we the people have been made to believe by persons in our state governments and through the media was was NOT! true and is NOT! true. We have been put through what is termed as scare tactics and fear factors to cause panic,fear,fright and hast in making and allowing for laws to be made and the only thing I can come up with for a government to cause to be made and or to allow to be made these laws is not to protect us and our children its more of making the state to appear not to be soft on crime (and sex crime of course)and by putting the more serious offenders with the lower type threat offenders in the same basket so to speak it makes the state to appear to be in need of more and better funding and new programs,and private donations and allows during election years for the get hard on crime platforms. My summry is for any and all persons to look at all the MYTHS,FALSE INFORMATION, MISCONCEPTIONS AND LIES using your internet search program under as I stated above sex offender myths and tell someone and for them to tell someone. Lets get laws made through the use of real information and truth and you can bet you and I and our children will be much safer and at the same time reasonable and proper justice and laws will also provaile to all thoes persons in the system be it a low, med,or high on the scoreboard sex offender. 2. The major majority of sex crimes are NOT! being committed by registered sex offenders. the major majority of sex offenders due to their crime being low threat and low profile did not have to go to a state prison. These truths are just the tip of the ice burg with regards to the amout of false info and myths relating to sex offenders.
I am not a sex offender. I am an EX offender. Never will. In fact, fake id have rebuilt a life as an artist and became known by peers as a positive contributor to the community. I will be a registered sex offender for life. Sometimes friends/associates fade away. Regardless of talent/contribution/efforts my success will always be limited. What gallery will represent me? What Arts organization will have me as a member? Sex OFFENDER implies I am still offending.
There are a host of problems with the entire system to start with. Is there a list for people who stole at one time and now live near you? They might take my property again. Where is the DWI registry for those who made the CHOICE to drink and drive and now I need to worry when the next door neighbor is coming home from work if he is going to kill somebody in my family. Also, does where you live matter to committing the crime? If I live in say Brighton and am a sex offender, wouldn the smart thing be to go to Ann Arbor and do your next crime? Tell me how that protected your kid. The fact is the state labels people sex offenders for many reasons and most of them are unjust. If you read the law, you could actually check id that says your partner is of age, and then find out they used a fake id and you are still a criminal. I also want to know if you are 17 and unable to make adult decisions in a contract, it would be criminal to have sex with a 15 year old. According to the law you both can not give contractual consent to anything. Finally, here is something that never gets mentioned. Why should you be punished further after you have paid your debt to society. Murderers do not have to do this.
common sense, can determine if your son is a good sex offender or a bad sex offender or whether he is even guilty of a crime. The age of consent in Georgia used to be 14 but was raised several years ago to 16. The age at which someone can consent to sex is different from the age they can be solicited on the Internet, usually 18. Georgia does have a Romeo/Juliot clause in their statutory law, but instead of allowing teens to have sex still makes it a misdemeanor. They kept it a criminal offense because of the Wilson case. GOOGLE Wilson in Georgia.
Due to some high profile cases, a lot of misinformation, and many politicians willing to jump on any bandwagon to keep themselves in office, the sex offender laws and registry have grown to the monster we have now. Weve lost a controlled and focused sex offender list to a watered down version that makes it difficult to monitor dangerous offenders. Weve lost rationale and logic to what often amounts to a whipped up frenzy of fear. Taxpayer dollars are lost to pay for implementation of sex registry laws and oversee compliance with no proven effectiveness. Here is a personal story AND some hard facts. My son is in prison, and he will be listed on the sex offender registry in Georgia. It will be almost impossible for him to get a job, complete his education (he was a senior in college) or find a place to live. This was his crime: When he was 21, he went to a legal (must be 18 years or older) chat room and agreed to consensual oral sex with an undercover detective who portrayed herself as “a few years younger” than him for most of the conversation, and then stated, one time, that she would be 16 “in a month or two.” My son stated, fake id generator on the transcript, that he didn want to do anything illegal, or with anyone too young. He went to the city where he was supposed to meet the female, but he thought better of it, and decided he really wasn sure of her age, so he never went to the meeting place. My son has never been in trouble before, but, for all effective purposes, his life ended at age 21, because the state of Georgia will treat him just like they would treat someone who raped an 10 year old. FACTS: 1. Georgia can expect to incur significant costs if the state implements the Adam Walsh Act. 2009 estimated costs = $15,481,191, Byrne Money Received in 2006 = $5,594,288, Bryne 10% funding = $559,429 2. Bureau of Justice Statistics found that only 5.3 of sex offenders (On the registry) released from prison reoffend. 3. Most people who commit sex offenses are first time offender In other words, they are not on the registry and could, therefore, never be considered a threat. 4. The MacArthur Found found that 9 out 10 times the arrest of a youth for a sex offense is a one time event. 5. Registering people for consensual, nonviolent, and statutory offenses and activities overloads the registry and distracts law enforcement and the public. 6. Georgias Sex Offender Registration Review Board found that just over 100 of the 17,000 offenders could be classified as predatorsor, put simply, fake id classified as dangerous and posing a significant risk to society. 7. Treatment works Washington State said that 2.7% of the sex offenders who did not receive treatment and released from prison were convicted of a sexual felony within six years while only 1.8% of those who received treatment were convicted of a sexual felony within six years. The registry is ineffective, causes terrible damage to men/women and their families and does not create a sense of safety for our communities.
The problem with the sex registry is the net it encompasses is way to large. The intent was to keep track or clearly dangerous people. Namely adults that have committed some kind of serious illegal sex act with a minor. The way sex acts are defined though encompass things like urinating in public, having consensual sex in public, running the naked mile, and consensual sex amongst minors. Every person I have ever met is a sex predator by this standard. You can tell me that a minor who has consensual sex with another minor roughly the same age should be ruined for life and is the type of person we as a society should really be afraid of. It is ridiculous that someone who gets caught using the bathroom in public should be ruined for life as well. THe laws are a modern day scarlet latter. People get labeled sex offenders regardless of the circumstances of their infraction, and all the sudden these people are doomed.
I keep reading post where people seem to think there a way to separate harmless sex offenders from “real sex offenders.” And that the way the laws are written it includes too many harmless sex offenders mixed in with the real sex offenders and that waters down the purpose of the law. Well Maybe this is OK as some of the real sex offenders want this to happen so they are not made to look so bad. Let see if a line can be drawn between good sex offenders and bad sex offenders. Before I even give any instructions as to how to do this I want to see someone else try. Good luck! Does anyone even know what a Sexually Violent Predator is? Ever heard of Civil Commitment? GOOGLE it. Now Mr Freeman may have a valid case to call for reforms.
bruceae: If you know anything about the juvenile justice system, you will know that once a young person gets involved in that system, especially if they come from a poor background, it is almost impossible for these young people to ” get out” of the system without committing some other offense. Matthew certainly committed some other type of offense that will no doubt prolong his stay on the registry. What we are talking about is the fact that this young man should never have been included on the registry in the first place.
I would encourage anyone who is interested in this topic to read the article that Nancy referenced in her Op Ed piece. It provides a very good summary of the core issues with the current legislature,the cost associated with enforcing this type of law and the consequences the burden it places on law enforcement to truly supervise people who do pose a threat to our children. For those of you who need facts, it provides a very good statistical data. It is unfortunate that we have laws that are designed by their very nature to “criminalize” otherwise law abiding citizens and these laws become a feeder system for the corporate penal system in our country. I don think anyone is talking about not protecting our children against people who are sex offenders and should be put into an environment where they cannot harm our children or anyone else. I think there need to be a national movement to change these laws so that people who otherwise would not be involved in crime are not criminalized by our laws.
I thought the sex offender registery was supposed to be for rapists and pedophiles. Not a high school romance gone bad. This is what is wrong with the justice system. Men should take the attitude they did at Michigan State about 15 years ago when date rape was so popular, don date, don be alone with women. If you are not alone with them it is not a he said she said. They should cancel school dances, sports and other things so that the “precious girls, who we know do nothing wrong” don get hurt. Need to tell the boys this is what could happen if a high school romance goes wrong.
OK, let look at this from another viewpoint. I don have children and don want children living next door to me because they cause problems and damage property. Therefore, let pass a law that makes it illegal for children to live within 1000 feet of candy stores, malls, bars, golfcourses, singles appartments, fake id reddit roadways, and intersections. All children must register and attend school until 12th grade. If they fail to attend school they must be placed in state custody for treatment. Give me an adult sex offender for a neighbor anytime rather than a destructive child. Pets are a problem too. The problem is that the laws are written very poorly by legislators that have no other agenda than “being tough on criminals.” They do not take the time to understand the unintended consequences but only worry about bashing their opponent so they can be reelected. If they insist on having these lists of offenders I would rather know where the 2nd and 3rd offense drunk drivers live. All of us are in much greater danger from them than we are from someone convicted of urinataing in public.