I am so sick of hearing "toughest laws in the nation!" Every state says that to "look tough". But the laws do NOT work!
"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation."
- Adolph Hitler (Mein Kampf)
Indiana may soon have one of the toughest set of sex offender laws in the nation
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Thursday afternoon, two bills that would further reveal and restrict sex offenders in neighborhoods received near unanimous support in the Senate.
Senate Bill 471 widens the net of sex offender identification, so more people convicted of sex-related crimes - particularly where children are victims - are forced to become a part of the National Crime Information Center Sex Offender Registry File. The bill requires both sexually violent predators and sex offenders who don't fall into the violent category to register within 72 hours of a release or address change.
That's a significant improvement from the current law, which allowed non-violent sex offenders seven days to register.
Sen. Tom Wyss, who authored the legislation, believes the improvements in SB 471 are both appropriate and necessary.
"Children are among our most precious blessings, and we need to do everything we can to ensure they are safe in their own neighborhoods," Sen. Wyss said. "This bill will give families a means to know who's living in their neighborhoods so they can take the steps necessary to protect their children."
Because of the increasing prevalence of sexual predators in our society - and their creative ways to satisfy their addictions - SB 471 has included several other safeguards for Hoosiers.
The safeguards include:
- requiring sex offenders to register in person, in most cases;
- mandating that homeless sex offenders register every seven days and provide the location where they will be staying;
- having sex offenders against children register for life and prohibiting them from working in certain locations.
"I think these bills send very important messages about the state of Indiana," Wyss said. "First, it shows how much we cherish and value our children. Secondly, it tells everyone that we won't tolerate sexual crimes in this state."
Sen. Tom Wyss is from Fort Wayne and represents District 15. He is chairman of the Homeland Security, Transportation and Veteran Affairs Committee in the Indiana Senate.