Sunday, December 18, 2011

GA - The Sex Offender Registry (It's time for a discussion)

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It's time for a discussion about the National Sex Offender Registry.

Laws such as Megans Law, and the Adam Walsh act, while well intentioned, are ultimately ineffective, unconstitutional, and unfair.

Why are sex crimes the only crimes in which one is placed on a public registry?

Why isn't there a list for those convicted of manslaughter and murder who are released from jail?

Wouldn't you want to know if you had a career criminal in your neighborhood as well?

The fact of the matter is that these laws are more reactionary than well thought out, and while I am all for punishing those who have committed a sex crime, I am not okay with ruining the lives of people caught up in the quagmire that are these sex offender laws and registries.

The sex offender registry allows for almost no opportunity for the offender to redeem themselves in the eyes of the law and of the public. All while the evidence shows that of all the crimes in America, the people who are LEAST likely to re-offend are those convicted of sex crimes (on the lower levels of course).

It is time to stop being terrified of something that has been drummed up by the media to be more of a hysteria than a public safety concern.

Lets face it there is no law that will protect us or our children from the dangers of the world. The sex offender registry is nothing more than a witch hunt. And whenever there is a witch hunt, people will find witches. It is time to stop this hysteria and start behaving rationally.

REPEAL THESE STUPID LAWS!



4 comments :

anonymous said...

I couldn't immagine the pain of having your life ruined by the registry at such a young age. Discussion about how the registry is a failed policy has been going on for years. What will eventually get things changed though, is successfully winning a well honed constitutional challenge. The Supreme Court will have to concede that in the last 10 years, the aggregate effect of the countless laws,regulations,and restrictions that are experienced by every citizen required to register is absolute PUNISHMENT. It can no longer pass as a mere civil/regulatory inconvienence to a persons life which is necessary to the safety of the general
public. As with any Government policy that has had huge ammounts of money and time invested into it, the registry will not change without a fierce legal battle. It has, in my opinion, reached a point where any reasonable tryer of fact could easily recognize that being required to register will adversely effect a persons life well beyond any judicial sanctions that have already been realized by any criminal sentence. If I were a billionaire, I would personally fund the legal bill. For now I continue to give my input to any lawmaker who will listen through letters, personal contact, and attendance at public hearings. Remember our constitutional rights were fought for with the lives of patriot. We can't let those freedoms be dessiminated by misguided politicians.

F.A. Leonetti said...

Anonymous:

Most of what and how you responded is correct.

""ACTION-- based on facts"",  directed to the Supreme
Court is required, with  a full on frontal class action
law suit.

There are several advantages we have.:
>>>There exists mountains of data, from private to vast files
        of government documents and studies showing that the
        majority of these laws are without merit, baseless in
        findings, have no or little pier review and except costing
        tax payers huge sums of money,  actually provide NO
       due course of legal, social or  prevention as designed.
>>>Secondly, there is already in place, in several states,
       very professional private groups, both fighting these
        issues and making some solid ground head way.  With their co-
        operation, this problem could very easily, be broken
        down into quite manageable group efforts making the
        legal foundation for such a case both very cost
        effective and extremely detailed in its facts and
        information.
This site, S.O.I.'s, from my limited perspective, has so much
accumulated records, files, data, documentation is a real
wealth and an excellent corner stone to begin with, if the
owner is amenable.

>>>>Lastly, but not least of importance, the amount of real
         pier studies, done by, individuals, doctors, parole
         officers, police department chiefs, psychologists,
         para legal groups, lawyers, the list goes on and on.
        These fine people would make great witnesses, to
         appear in person or video.

The studies are in . The results are available.

 It is now time to correct and change the law and its negative impact on all of us.
By all I mean, I mean ALL who live in our country and are affected by
this punitive  legislative mind set.  The number has got to be in the
hundreds of millions.

It is good to read an intelligent responses as yours.
Now, ALL we need is intelligent action.

Best Regards
F.A. Leonetti

Trickosn800 said...

This is all any one was seems to do is talk . Nothing ever gets done other than to pass new laws or watch more sex offenders loose there lives . NOTHING EVER GETS DONE !

bRanDi said...

I agree somewhat, but also disagree. 
 It is much more complicated than one thinks.There are many different avenues that the law comes from.==>> Why isn't it attacked at the (AWA) Adam Walsh national level? Because the federal government does not operate sex offender registries, the states do. The only realistic challenge that can be mounted at the federal level is seeking the repeal of the AWA. You won't find one politician willing to risk political suicide. ==>> If we can get rid of the Adam Walsh Act and SORNA, wouldn't that solve our problems? No it would not. Repeal of the AWA would only (1) remove the feds' ability to prosecute those that travel to other jurisdictions and fail to register or keep their registrations current, and (2) remove the threat of financial penalties for states that are non-complaint. Even if the AWA were repealed, all 50 states would still have sex offender registries. And you can be certain that no state would rush to repeal its registration laws. ==>> What about a Class Action lawsuit? Class Action Lawsuits are vastly misunderstood. First, it is extremely difficult to have a case certified as a "Class Action." The Plaintiff seeking such a certification must convince the Court that he/she can adequately represent the interests of all class members. This includes providing all class members written notice of the action along with their option to opt out of the class. Second, recovery of any damages would be most unlikely since there is simply no case law to support the theory that registration in and of itself inflicts additional damage beyond what is caused by the underlying conviction.==>> Is it better to challenge the registry at a state level? Probably but it varies greatly from state to state because some state constitutions provide greater ex 
post facto protections for its citizens than the U.S. Constitution does. There have been several (limited) ex post facto favorable decisions already handed down by state supreme courts.Reclassify the true predators from the non violent type offenders ..  well this would eliminate the need for up to 80% of  sexual offenders having to register so it would seem like we don't need one at all. Politicians and the people profiting are not going to let the general people know this. It would look like they are incompetant and that they wasted taxpayer money. So you now can see why it is a lot harder than it seems. States will fight back very hard and they have unlimited funds. Sex offenders on the other hand are mostly unemployed and have no funds. NOBODY deserves the humiliation of public registration. I feel if someone needs to be supervised in the interest of public safety, that supervision should be a part of his/her actual sentence, or just be kept incarcerated.  Rest assured that there is court action taking place all over the country. For example read below.Life time supervision for certain sex offenses is punishment.Tennessee Supreme Court sex offenses ruling opens the door for possible changes.bRaNdihttp://www.hg.org/article.asp?id=19954