Saturday, September 21, 2013

IA - Sex Offender Parole Sentencing

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Original Article

04/15/2013

By CLAY MASTERS

The Iowa sex offender registry includes people within a wide range of offenses, and some lobbyists here at the capitol are asking the question: Should all sex offenders be put under lifetime parole sentences?

A bill that has sailed through the Senate would allow sex offenders to have lifetime parole sentences lifted under specific circumstances, including so-called "Romeo and Juliet" cases. We talk with Michael Byars, a sex offender and a former lobbyist for the bill and hear his story. We also hear from Randall Wilson, of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa who works with sex offenders on their constitutional rights, Karin Hamilton, a Public Service Executive at the Iowa Department of Public Safety, and Nicole Merrill a staff attorney at the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault.



1 comment :

Loneranger said...

Once again the USA is a an example of how not to do things. One would think when other countries look at how we do things and say this is just wrong and dangerous our politicians would be embarrassed as they are the ones responsible for promoting the laws that the world looks at as being just wrong. Why do they not see this? Oh they would need to admit they were really ignorant of the facts and just regurgitated miss information to pass these laws. Well time to step up and fix this mess as the world is not only watching they are telling as many as they can to not do as the USA did as it is just to dangerous.
One has to wonder when this is passed as a public safety issue and other countries say it makes a more dangerous and potentially deadly situation and to stay away from the notion. Our politicians for some reason feel they must continue at all costs. Still trying to save that one child. Ignorance does prevail in congress.