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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NJ - State Senate to vote Thursday on Jessica Lunsford Act

DiAnne Gove
DiAnne Gove
Original Article

03/25/2014

By STEVE PRISAMENT

GALLOWAY – A state Senate vote on the Jessica Lunsford Act has been scheduled for Thursday, March 27, according to the District 9 delegation, which has cosponsored the legislation in both state houses.

The vote is the final legislative hurdle for the bill to be sent to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk for approval. It was passed 77-0 Thursday, March 20, by the state Assembly.

That same day it was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, clearing it for this week’s floor vote.

Galloway resident Anna Jezycki said she is hopeful for the act to become law.

This has been going on for so many years,” Jezycki said. “It would be one of the best things that ever happened for New Jersey.”

For the past dozen or so years, Jezycki has been the leader of CUFFS, Community United for Family Safety, which she started with some neighbors when they learned of a sex offender living near a school bus stop.

This is long overdue,” Jezycki said. “It’s been a long time coming and will be well accepted by the people.”

She said she expects that if Gov. Christie considers whether to sign the bill, the governor will remember receiving thousands of letters from CUFFS a few years ago during a previous attempt at sex-offender legislation.

The District 9 senator and Assembly members who represent Galloway and Port Republic in Atlantic County and coastal communities to the north have been pushing for the legislation for a while based – in part – on input from Galloway residents.

For nearly a decade, our delegation has cosponsored and consistently advocated in favor of enacting the Jessica Lunsford Act, here in New Jersey, just as at least 25 other states have done,” Sen. Christopher J. Connors told The Current Monday, March 24. “Mandatory sentencing would serve the interest of public safety, as sexual predators who prey upon children would be incarcerated for longer periods of time as opposed to being released onto the streets.”

The act, which is named after a Florida girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by a convicted sex offender, requires mandatory terms for persons convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child under the age of 13. Sentences would range between 25 years and life imprisonment, with 25 years having to be served before parole eligibility.

Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf said victims’ interests would be better served.

The courts would be enabled under the law to mandate that sexual predators serve sentences befitting of the heinous nature of their crimes,” Rumpf said. “For these and other compelling reasons, there is tremendous support for the Jessica Lunsford Act among concerned parents, grandparents, community groups and local public officials, including in our legislative district, who remain actively engaged in the effort to strengthen the state’s sexual offender laws.”

Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove cited strong support from two major forces.

It is extremely important to note that this legislation is supported by Mark Lunsford (Video, Child Porn), Jessica’s father, who has worked tireless for Jessica’s Law to be enacted by every state so that a conviction of a sexual assault committed against a child in the first degree carries with it a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 25 years,” Gove said. “Critical to the continued advancement of this legislation is that both the Senate and Assembly versions of the Jessica Lunsford Act have strong bipartisan support from representatives across the state.”

The Assembly Judiciary Committee passed its version of the act, A-892 (PDF), Feb. 24. The Judiciary Committee was the only committee to hear A-892 before it moved to its unanimous Assembly approval March 20.

In the Senate, it required approval from two committees to reach this week’s vote. The Law and Public Safety Committee approved S-215 (PDF) Jan. 30 and the Budget and Appropriations Committee OK’d it March 13.

The 9th District delegation has established an online petition drive in support of the Jessica Lunsford Act as well as other sex offender legislation that residents can sign.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove are also prime sponsors of legislation that would require a sexual offender to be tiered – rated on the risk for re-offense – prior to his release from prison.

Currently, the ability of an offender to obtain housing following release is a determined by his tiering level.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

CO - With 2 Different Bills, Colorado Will Get A ‘Jessica’s Law’

Morning paper and coffee
Original Article

02/28/2014

DENVER (CBS4) - Colorado lawmakers from both parties are working on different versions of a bill that would lay out mandatory sentences for child sex offenders.

Similar bills have failed before. Last year’s bill, brought by Republicans, died in an end-of-session drama that left Democrats struggling to explain why they opposed a bill that went hard on sex offenders. So this year there are dueling bills — one Democratic one Republican.

The intent of both bills is the same — to make sure anyone who sexually assaults a child spends a long time behind bars.

Both bills are named after Jessica Lunsford, a young girl from Florida who was raped and murdered by a sex offender on parole.

A lump starts to grow and your heart just stops beating,” Lunsford’s father Mark Lunsford told lawmakers last year.

He testified before lawmakers on a bill that would put anyone convicted of molesting a child behind bars at least 25 years. It failed.

It just broke my heart,” said Rep. Libby Szabo, R-Arvada.

Szabo brought the bill back this year.

Because it’s important,” Szabo said.

For these types of offenders a longer sentence is something that’s necessary,” said Rep. Mike Foote, D-Boulder.

Foote is among those who voted against the Szabo bill, calling it “one size fits all.” But he also promised Mark Lunsford he would try to do something. He’s now introduced his own “Jessica’s Law.” His bill would put child molesters away for 10 to 24 years depending on the seriousness of the crime.

My bill treats different types of actions differently, but also makes sure to target those who are committing the worst of the worst offenses,” Foote said.

I feel that if someone is capable of committing lewd molestation on a child that the 25 years fits the crime,” Szabo said.

Both bills go before the same committee Monday. With Democrats in control, Szabo’s bill will fail and Foote’s will pass. But, Colorado will get a Jessica’s Law, and Szabo, who started the conversation, says that is what matters.

Colorado is one of five states without a Jessica’s Law.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

FL - David Jolly Showcases Support of Jessica's Law in New Video

David Jolly
David Jolly
Original Article

Like usual, someone is running for office so they bust out the heart-tugging issues about children. Mark is being played for someone else's personal gain, in our opinion, and he's a patsy.

02/11/2014

By KEVIN DERBY

David Jolly, the Republican running in the special election for an open congressional seat in Pinellas County, released a new video showcasing his work for “Jessica’s Law” and standing against child predators. Jolly takes on former state CFO Alex Sink, the Democratic candidate, and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11 special election.

Many years ago, while awaiting to board a flight at Washington’s Reagan National Airport to return home to Pinellas, I met a man by the name of Mark Lunsford. It was a moment that changed my life,” Jolly emailed supporters on Tuesday. “Most of us know the tragic story of Mark’s loss. His 9-year-old daughter Jessie lost her life at the hands of a child predator who lived in the neighborhood. I’ll never forget my first conversation with Mark. I approached him to express my condolences and to offer my encouragement for the good work he was doing to enact Jessica’s Law in states across the country and to fight for increased federal law enforcement resources through passage of the Adam Walsh Act. When I asked Mark what he was doing in Washington that week, he replied simply, ‘I’m up here lobbying for some appropriations.’ Mark was referring to his efforts to secure funding for the U.S. Marshals Service to go after absconders from the sex offender registry.”

I wanted to help – so I offered to work with him and other surviving parents to convince leaders in Congress to provide the marshals the funding they needed,” Jolly added. “Two years later, as one team devoted to an incredibly important cause, we had succeeded in securing tens of millions of dollars for the marshals to help protect our communities and our children from child predators. Mark has become a dear friend. He has followed this campaign closely. He recently decided to weigh in and record this commercial about our work together.”

Jolly looked to deflect attacks from Sink and her allies against his work as a lobbyist. “Throughout this campaign, my opponent and some in the press have raised politically motivated questions about my work in Washington,” Jolly wrote. “They’ve raised questions of personal trust. They’ve challenged my character. Even more, I have been criticized for saying that I am proud of my work in Washington. I am proud of my work, and Mark is the main reason why. And I am even more proud of my friend Mark and the work he did in Washington -- and I am forever grateful that he let me bear witness to his commitment, his drive and his fight to help parents across the country.”

I didn’t get into this race to seek the affirmation of my opponent or the press. I got into this race to seek the support and affirmation of people like Mark Lunsford. I am humbled by Mark’s support and I’ll let his words in this commercial serve as my response to those in this campaign who continue to criticize my work on behalf of this community,” Jolly continued. “I’ve put my heart and soul into this campaign. I know many of you have as well. It really comes down to this – a campaign like ours that is committed to serving our community and serving those who need help working with Washington, or a campaign started, funded, and run by the Washington establishment with the sole purpose of serving the interests of Washington.”


Thursday, January 30, 2014

NJ - Allen wants tougher penalties for child sex offenders

Sen. Diane Allen & Mark Lunsford
Sen. Diane Allen & Mark Lunsford
Original Article

01/30/2014

By David Levinsky

TRENTON - State Sen. Diane Allen first introduced New Jersey’s Jessica Lunsford Act in June 2005, a few months after the 9-year-old Florida girl was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a twice-convicted sex offender.

In the ensuing years, Allen has reintroduced the measure every two years at the kickoff of a new legislative session, only to see it fall short of being signed into law.

This January marked the sixth time she has introduced the bill. She’s hoping it will be the last time.

As you all know, Jessica was kidnapped, raped and buried alive back in 2005. Since then, I’ve had a bill in (the Legislature) to change many aspects of our law so we can make sure this kind of thing cannot happen to any children in New Jersey,” Allen said Thursday during a hearing on the latest version of the bill before the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
- 10 million laws will not prevent another tragedy like this.  You are, in our opinion, just exploiting children, fear and Mr. Lunsford for your own political gain.

Unfortunately, we’re now one of only five states that haven’t passed any Lunsford laws,” she said during the hearing, the first by the panel of the new legislative session.

The new version of the bill seeks to impose a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison for anyone convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child under age 13, except in certain circumstances of a negotiated plea agreement.

Current law permits a 10- to 20-year prison sentence for the crime.

Allen said the plea agreement clause was added at the behest of state prosecutors, who argued that there are some occasions when it’s in the best interest of the victims to permit a negotiated plea deal. In those cases, the bill allows an offender to be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison.

The new bill also excludes previous language mandating that anyone found guilty of harboring an offender or hindering the arrest or conviction of a sex offender would face a mandatory sentence of six months in prison without the possibility of parole. Allen plans to introduce a separate bill with that penalty.

Frankly, it’s a watered-down version. It is not the one the committee chairman (Donald Norcross, D-5th of Camden) was looking for or what I was looking for. But it is a start,” Allen said during the hearing.

Also testifying in favor of the measure was Gregory Quinlan of the New Jersey Family Policy Council. He pointed to a recent state auditor's report that said many New Jersey parole officers were failing to maintain regular contact with sex offenders they are assigned to supervise, including some convicts marked for mandatory parole supervision.

This is why this (bill) is so important,” Quinlan said. “I just want to see this passed.”
- So how would passing this law fix what you mentioned above?  It won't!

There has been some progress in moving the measure forward. During the last session, two versions of the bill were approved by the Senate and Assembly, but the chambers failed to approve a single bill with the same language.

The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee voted 5-0 on Thursday to release the measure from the committee. Norcross said he hoped it could be fast-tracked through the Senate.

This is why we put this bill No. 1 on our 216th legislative agenda,” he said.

Allen, who hosted Jessica’s father, Mark Lunsford, during a Statehouse news conference in 2011 to advocate for the bill, said New Jersey has waited too long to put the bill’s child protection measures into law.
- When Jessica went missing it was said child porn was found on Mr. Lunsfords computer, and his own son molested a child but got a slap on the wrist.

There is little as heinous as the sexual assault of a child, and it’s time we send a message that those types of monstrous actions are going to be punished severely,” she said. “Those vile enough to commit this type of a crime once should never be afforded the opportunity to put a second child and family through a similar tragedy.”
- So why isn't your own son, and possibly you, in prison then?


Saturday, January 25, 2014

NV - John Walsh Attends the 15th Anniversary of Canon Celebrity Red Carpet

Our comment left on the article (Probably be deleted though!):
Lets not forget that Mr. Walsh dated an underage child (Reve), and admits he could've got into trouble for it, but continued anyway.

http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2012/07/john-walsh-documentary-admits-dating.html

But we're sure you'll delete this comment. Can't have the truth out there when money is involved, right?

Oh, and lets also not forget about Mark Lunsford:

http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2007/03/couey-trial.html

And his own son who molested an underage child but got a slap on the wrist:

http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2007/07/lunsfords-son-gets-10-day-jail-sentence.html



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

FL - Jessica Lunsford's father speaks

Mark failed to mention that child porn was found on his machine when Jessica went missing and that his own son touched a child in the wrong way, yet nothing happened to his son except for 10 days in jail. So if Mark meant what he said, his computer would've been confiscated and investigated as well as his son, he'd be in jail / prison and on the registry for life.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

FL - Father of slain girl wants stricter laws against repeat sex offenders

Mark Lunsford holding a gunOriginal Article

I think everybody feels sad for the loss of this child, but lets not forget the fact that child porn was found on Mark's computer when Jessica went missing and that his own son in Ohio (Joshua) molested a child, but got a slap on the wrist. Never let a good crisis go to waste, as one man once said.

06/25/2013

Mark Lunsford feels pain of Cherish Perrywinkle's family

By Ashley Harding

JACKSONVILLE - Mark Lunsford knows what it's like to lose a child to a sex offender. He helped push for stricter monitoring laws after his daughter, Jessica, was kidnapped and killed by a known offender in 2005.

He is outraged to learn that the man accused of killing 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle is another longtime sex offender.

"This guy apparently wasted no time in laughing in the face of law enforcement and legislators," Lunsford said. "I can feel every ounce of pain that her parents are feeling. It tears me up inside to know that another child has been senselessly murdered."

Cherish's body was found in a wooded area Saturday morning. Donald Smith was arrested and charged with murder. He has a long history of crimes against children and had gotten out of jail just three weeks before.

Ann Dugger, of the Justice Coalition, says the current laws are good ones, but she says dangerous offenders like Smith need to stay behind bars.

"If they're off the street, absolutely, they don't need to be around society," Dugger said. "They don't need to be around children. They don't need to be around their prey."
- Not all ex-sex offenders harm children.  Those who do are the minority.

Lunsford said if repeat offenders are released from prison, there should be better ways to track their movements. He said lawmakers should make protecting kids their top priority.
- How do you expect to track them Mr. Lunsford?  Will you volunteer to be their permanent chaperon?

"We've got to come to some kind of solution for these children so they're not victims," Lunsford said. "Parents need to be educated. Law enforcement needs tools. Prosecutors need laws. Legislators, what do you need? Another child to be murdered?"
- No matter how many laws you put on the books, things like this will always happen!  You need to come back to reality and get off Fantasy Island!

Jessica Lunsford's killer, John Couey, was sentenced to death for her murder but later died in prison.
- Any person who murders another human being, child or not, should be in prison until the day they die!

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Monday, March 4, 2013

CO - Bill O'Reilly - Jessica's Law Shot Down!

Lets not forget that Bill O'Reilly had his own sexual harassment law suit in which he paid off the accuser (Court Documents). I wonder what he would say if he wasn't able to do that and he wound up on the sex offender registry, loses his job, and is seen as a monster?

Mark Lunsford mentions in the video that he was able to hear his daughter calling for someone to help her? How is that possible? Oh, and he's good at crying on queue!

Jessica's Law Shot Down!:

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The Sexual Harassment Lawsuit of Bill O'Pervert:

Video Link

And lets also not forget that when Jessica Lunsford went missing, it was mentioned that child porn was found on Mark Lunsfords computer, but nothing was done about it because they say "he had been through enough!"

And his own son (Joshua) was charged with molesting an underage child (Video Below) and got a slap on the wrist of 10 days in jail and doesn't have to register. Wow, money sure helps you get out of bad situations!

Jessica's Law Shot Down!:

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Friday, February 15, 2013

CO - ‘Jessica’s Law’ Shot Down In Colorado Once Again

Original Article

Mark, what about you and your son (Video)?

You said "Why are your repeat offenders repeating their crimes?" Well, if you look at the facts, and not your personal opinions, you will see that Colorado did a study (PDF) on recidivism, and as expected, they are low!

02/13/2013

DENVER (CBS4) – Some Colorado lawmakers say there’s no need to increase penalties for people who attack young children. What’s known as “Jessica’s Law,” named after a Florida girl sexually assaulted and killed, won’t become law in the state.

The same bill has failed four times now in Colorado. Democrats oppose it so much so this year they sent it to the so-called “kill committee.” Still, Jessica’s father, Mark Lunsford, traveled to Colorado from Florida and begged lawmakers to pass the bill.

I kneeled down and I hugged her and I kissed her and told her I’d see her later,” Lunsford said.

Lunsford sat before Colorado lawmakers and cried as he recounted his darkest hour.
- Yeah, he's good at that now, he can cry on command.

And the lump just starts to grow and your heart just kind of stops beating,” he said.

Eight years ago in February his 9-year-old daughter Jessica was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and buried alive by a man who had been arrested twice for sexually assaulting children; and yet had been released from parole.

For those three days my little girl was tied with speaker wire and put into a closet,” Lunsford said.

I want to send a strong message to our communities that we will not tolerate these crimes,” said Rep. Libby Szabo, R-Arvada.

Szabo is the sponsor of the bill. Jessica’s Law would require a minimum prison sentence of 25 years for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting a child under 14.

The Colorado Defense Lawyers Association opposed the bill, saying Colorado already has strong laws in place.

The courts and prosecutors have been able to respond given the tools they already have,” an official with the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association said.

The minimum sentences under those laws range from two to 16 years. It’s at the discretion of the judges.

We hear about all this discretion and recidivism rate. How many times do these children have to go through it before somebody does something,” Lunsford said.

But Democrats have opposed the bill time and again, and with the majority vote, killed it.

It’s a one-size-fits-all solution and sometimes one size does not fit all,” said Rep. Mike Foote, D-Longmont.

Lunsford says he’s not giving up.

Start an army that comes to your Capitol and kick your legislators right in the posterior,” Lunsford said.

The District Attorneys Council and Colorado Coalition against Sexual Assault took no position on the bill. However the Coalition against Sexual Assault released a statement saying that under Colorado’s Lifetime Supervision Act for Sex Offenders, there are already sufficient safeguards in place for those offenses.

Forty-five other states have passed Jessica’s Law.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

HI - Hawaii Lawmakers Aim to Strengthen Laws Against Sex Offenders Targeting Children

Original Article

01/29/2013

Nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford was kidnapped from her home in Florida by 46-year-old John Couey after he broke into her home at 3 a.m. in 2005.

Couey, a convicted sex offender who lived nearby in a trailer, raped Jessica over three days before brutally murdering her by burying her alive in two garbage bags. After confessing to the crimes, he was sentenced to death on charges of first degree murder, kidnapping and capital sexual battery.

Jessica's father, Mark Lunsford, helped get passed new legislation that makes life tougher for convicted sex offenders. The legislation was named the Jessica Lunsford Act allows law enforcement to more closely track sex offenders, can require sex offenders to wear electronic tracking devices and mandates increased prison sentences.

Other states passed "Jessica's Law" mandating a minimum sentence of 25 years and maximum life in prison for first time sex offenders who attack children. (See specifics of the legislation)
- From a biased blog site.

Hawaii is not tough enough on child predators, according to Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom, who wants to change that. The East Oahu Republican introduced Jessica’s legislation in this session and hopes Hawaii will become the next state to mandate that sex offenders who abuse children will spend at least 25 years in prison.

SB 799 (PDF) and SB 1223 (PDF) require electronic monitoring for those who sexually assault of a minor and it establishes mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years for felony sexual assault of a minor.

"It is unacceptable that Hawaii, whose lawmakers are always talking about doing things 'for the Keiki' have long neglected basic protection of our children against sexual predators," Slom said. "Some think even a 25 year minimum sentence is too lenient but it is better than Hawaii's current 2 year sentence. Nationally, several organizations have taken note of our indefensible position. Even though it is late, now must be the year we act and tell the monsters who prey on our children we will stop you."

Senators Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Michelle Kidani, Clarence Nishihara, Brian Taniguchi, Glenn Wakai and Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, signed on as co-introducers of the legislation. The Honolulu city prosecutor's office will be supporting similar legislation, according to spokesperson Dave Koga.

Political Commentator Bill O'Reilly has made a push for Jessica's Law to be enacted in every state. A map on his web site shows Hawaii is one of just 6 states that has lax laws for child sex offenders.

In a commentary on his web site, O'Reilly said: "These outrageous crimes could have been prevented, which is why I am calling on every state in the union to pass a version of 'Jessica's Law.' The legislation is named after little Jessica Lunsford, who was just 9 years old when her life was brutally ended by a sexual predator who had previously been convicted of sex crimes against a child. The crime forced Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida legislature to mandate stiff minimum sentences for child abusers, who had all too often been slapped on the wrist by lenient judges."
- Most sexual crimes are committed by those not on any registry and by people the victim knows, so this would not "prevent" anything!

"There is simply no question that Jessica's Law will save lives, and similar laws need to be instituted in every state. ... This is literally a life-and-death battle to save our youngest and most vulnerable citizens from abuse, torture, and murder."


Monday, November 28, 2011

To Cash In on a Predator

Original Article

It's about time someone started digging into this. Also, about Hank Asher, see the SEE ALSO link below. He is an ex-drug smuggler, from what articles on the web show. Also, the title of this should be "To Cash In On Sex Offenders," because that is what it's really about.

11/28/2011

By Kate Sheppard

State laws that keep a close eye on sex offenders are supposed to protect kids. Are they also meant to enrich high-tech tracking companies?

In February 2005, nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford was kidnapped, raped, and buried alive by a twice-convicted sex offender who lived a few hundred feet from her home in Homosassa, Florida. The crime horrified Floridians, and a little more than two months later, then-Gov. Jeb Bush signed the Jessica Lunsford Act, which mandated a minimum sentence of 25 years for first-time sex offenders who target children under 12 and life sentences for recidivists. It also required some released sex offenders to wear GPS tracking devices for the rest of their lives.

Almost immediately, there were calls for similar legislation across the country. Lunsford's father, Mark, joined the campaign, appearing on Oprah and Larry King Live and winning support from high-profile figures such as Bill O'Reilly, who declared, "This is literally a life-and-death battle to save our youngest and most vulnerable citizens from abuse, torture, and murder." In addition to Florida, 44 other states have since passed what's become known as Jessica's Law (PDF). The laws vary slightly state by state, but all mandate stiff sentences; 39 permit electronic monitoring for released offenders (of those, 24 authorize GPS monitoring). "Instead of them stalking our children, let's stalk them," Lunsford said at a 2006 event promoting the law in California.

The push to implement Jessica's Law in all 50 states has been spearheaded by Stop Child Predators, a nonprofit formed in 2005. The group's determination to crack down on criminals who prey on kids is unquestionable. But there is another group with an interest in its work: GPS and tracking companies, which stand to gain as SCP's model legislation spreads. There are an estimated 736,000 registered offenders out there (PDF); satellite tracking equipment costs anywhere from $15 to $20 per person per day (an expense often paid by parolees). One of SCP's official corporate partners is Omnilink Systems, a major vendor of "offender monitoring" devices. SCP president Stacie Rumenap is a member of Omnilink's advisory board. A company brochure quotes her as saying SCP is "proud to support the use of" Omnilink's technology. The company has not said how many states it has sex offender monitoring contracts with.

In 2009, Lunsford, who serves as the chairman of SCP's advisory board, took a $100,000-a-year consulting job with Technology Investors, a Florida firm that creates databases to keep track of sex offenders. He told the St. Petersburg Times that the company's founder, data-mining maven Hank Asher (See Also), suggested that he shut down his own nonprofit, the Jessica Marie Lunsford Foundation, so he could "focus on legislation."

There is a universal "desire to keep kids safe," Rumenap notes. She downplays the idea that SCP's work is intended to benefit its corporate supporters. "This is an easy issue for companies to get behind," she says. "Who wants to argue against it?" A petite and charismatic blonde who has served as the deputy director of the American Conservative Union and director of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Rumenap is also the director of corporate relations at the Mercatus Center, a think tank funded by conservative billionaire Charles Koch.

SCP also has close ties the American Legislative Exchange Council, a low-profile yet influential clearinghouse of pro-business state legislation. SCP is an ALEC member, and ALEC adopted its template for a sex offender bill in 2006. Rumenap says that the "access to" legislators that ALEC provides has been "extremely" helpful in getting Jessica's Law into wider circulation. Since April, she has been the co-chair of ALEC's Public Safety and Elections Task Force, which oversees criminal legislation, including a bill that would require parolees and defendants out on bail to submit to GPS monitoring. It would also require ex-cons to "pursue specified education courses," a potential windfall for student loan companies and for-profit colleges.

Those companies, as it turns out, are also well represented in Rumenap's organization: SCP was founded by three executives from the College Loan Corporation, another of its corporate partners. Its board includes the CLC's chief marketing officer and a top lobbyist for the Apollo Group, the parent company of the University of Phoenix.

"I don't doubt that Stop Child Predators is genuinely interested in stopping child predators," says Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, which recently published a cache of more than 800 pieces (PDF) of cookie-cutter legislation promoted by ALEC. No matter how laudable a bill may be, she says, the public has a right to know whether it will financially benefit a particular company. "If people knew that there was a profit motive behind it, they might have greater skepticism about whether this is the best solution or not."

Kate Sheppard covers energy and environmental politics in Mother Jones' Washington bureau. For more of her stories, click here. She Tweets here. Get Kate Sheppard's RSS feed.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dr. Phil - Sex Offender Recidivism - LOWER than any other criminal!

Most recidivism studies you read (See here) show a very LOW recidivism rate for sex offenders, yet most people in the news media, politics, or people like John Walsh, Mark Lunsford, etc, continually say recidivism is high for sex offenders.

Well, that is a flat out lie. And you can see it for yourself by reading the MANY studies we have on our blog below.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

NJ - Dad of murdered Fla. girl urges NJ to enact tougher child sex offender sentences

Original Article

03/21/2011

By ANGELA DELLI SANTI

TRENTON - The father of a Florida rape and murder victim, whose death led 44 states to enact stricter sex offender laws, was in New Jersey on Monday to encourage passage of a law imposing mandatory minimum sentences on child predators and anyone convicted of aiding them.

Mark Lunsford is pushing for enactment of the "Jessica Lunsford Act," which would impose a mandatory 25-year term without parole for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting a child younger than 13. Anyone who hinders their apprehension or prosecution would face three years behind bars.
- So, his own son molested a child who was 14, so did he lower the age to 13 so it doesn't affect his own son?

"There is no reason for anyone to put their hands on these children and to receive minimum sentences and probation — it's hard time, 25 years," Lunsford said. "These are our children, our youngest children, and we have to do more to protect them."

New Jersey's bill and similar legislation across the country is named for Lunsford's 9-year-old daughter, who was kidnapped, raped and buried alive by a convicted sex offender in 2005. Jessica's laws are intended to keep child sex offenders locked up longer to reduce their ability to re-offend.

The Assembly sponsor, Republican Nancy Munoz of Summit, said 54 colleagues have signed onto the bill. The legislation, first introduced in 2005, awaits a hearing in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

In the Senate, the bill is sponsored by Republican Diane Allen of Burlington. The bill has yet to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Both houses of the Legislature would have to pass the bill and it would have to be signed by Gov. Chris Christie in order to become law.

"It just is amazing to me that we haven't passed this law. Our children are not as safe as the children in most other states," Allen said. "I worry if we don't get it done this year, how many children are we going to lose? I don't know but even one is too many."
- So what about all the children lost by murderers, gang members, DUI offenders, drug dealers/users, etc?  Do they not count?

Allen said those who commit sex crimes against children are far more likely than other offenders to commit a similar crime again. She said 40 percent are charged with a similar crime within a year of being released.
- That is not true, and I am tired of the lies and deceit.  Many studies we have linked here, show that sex offenders have the LOWEST recidivism rates of any other criminal, except murderers.  Also, where did she find this "40%" statistic?  Out of thin air?

Rosemarie D'Alessandro of Hillsdale, whose 7-year-old daughter, Joan, was raped and murdered by a neighbor while delivering Girl Scout cookies in 1973, has teamed up with Lunsford to advocate for the harsher sentencing law.

"Mark and I are trying to make something good out of something so horrible that our minds can't even go there," she said. "What we're doing is keeping our children alive in every way possible — their energy goes on, their legacy goes on in helping people and helping society."
- Since the facts show that most people are abused by their own family, if you wanted to "protect" children, then you'd remove them from their own home and put them on an island somewhere, so they can be "safe!"

Lunsford's daughter was killed by twice-convicted sex offender John Evander Couey, who died of natural causes while awaiting execution. D'Alessandro's daughter was killed by former chemistry teacher Joseph McGowan, who remains in prison in part because of the compelling testimony of the victim's mother, who has been heard at each of McGowan's parole hearings.


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

RI - Father vows to kill son's murderer

I can image the fathers hurt and anger, but this is a threat, and if anybody else said that, they'd be arrested. Also, like clock work, even though it doesn't involve sex (I don't believe), Mark Lunsford speaks out on the video, but doesn't mention that his own son molested a child and that child porn was said to be found on his machine when Jessica went missing.

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Monday, February 28, 2011

NJ - 'Joan's Law' mom and 'Jessica's Law' dad seek harsher sex offender restrictions in New Jersey

Original Article
Was child porn on Marks' computer?
Joshua Lunsford - Convicted of molesting a child

Watch the video below, and remember, child porn was found on Mark's computer when Jessica went missing, yet it was dismissed because he had suffered enough, but a crime is a crime, right? Apparently not. Also, his own son, Joshua, molested a child and received only 10 days in jail and is not on the sex offender registry.

02/28/2011

By Jerry DeMarco

Nationally acclaimed childrens’ advocate Mark Lunsford is coming to Bergen County tomorrow to try and convince state officials to overcome their reluctance to adopt a version of “Jessica’s Law” -- named after his slain daughter -- which aims to keep sex offenders away from children after they’ve been released from prison.

Lunsford will be in Hillsdale, meeting with Rosemarie D‘Alessandro -- whose daughter was raped and murdered by a neighbor in 1973, eventually leading to “Joan’s Law” -- and members of the Joan Angela Foundation.

The goal of the group, created in Joan's name to help homeless, runaway and abused youngsters, is to finally get a version of “Jessica‘s Law” enacted in New Jersey, one of only six states that doesn’t have one.

We can work together to pass this important child safety legislation in New Jersey,” said D‘Alessandro, who has not slowed her fight to protect children ever since she convinced lawmakers in Trenton 33 years ago to establish the anti-sex offender measure known as “Joan‘s Law.”

The “Jessica’s Law” bill, which has languished in Trenton more than five years, would require lower-tier sex offenders to wear GPS devices on their ankles for five years after they’re freed, and for those deemed more dangerous to wear them for life.

This, D’Alessandro said, would help law enforcement track them.

New Jersey also would be required to mail sex offender registration forms at least twice per year, at random times, to verify registrants' addresses. Any registrants who did not respond within 10 days would have to be considered non-compliant.
- So what is a person is out of town on vacation for longer than 10 days?

Those who commit sex crimes against children under 12 would receive mandatory prison sentences of 25 years to life without parole, along with lifetime monitoring, under the proposal.

What’s more, those who knowingly harbor child sex offenders from the law would face stricter penalties, and municipalities would be enabled to establish “child protection zones" where sex offenders cannot cause danger to children.

Jessica’s Law” is named for Lunsford’s 9-year-old daughter, who was raped, tortured and then murdered by a child molester and rapist in Florida.

Lunsford, a single father, had raised Jessica since she was 1. Her February 2005 disappearance unleashed a nationwide manhunt for the youngster who became known as "the girl in the pink hat."

More than three weeks later, searchers found her remains -- 150 yards from home. She had been raped and buried alive.

Her killer, John Couey, was a registered sex offender who had flown under the radar.

Since Couey’s conviction, and subsequent death sentence, Mark Lunsford has become a nationally recognized spokesman for tougher laws governing regarding those who prey on, and harm, children. He has worked with the U.S. Marshals Service tracking down absconded sexual predators/offenders, and in 2005 won the "Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award" for outstanding public service.

Rosemarie D’Alessandro has been equally active, but on more of a local level. Her daughter, a vivacious, 7-year-old Brownie Scout, was going door-to-door selling Girl Scout cookies on April 19, 1973 (Holy Thursday) when a high school chemistry teacher who lived in the neighborhood sexually assaulted and murdered her.

Her body was found on Easter in Harriman State Park.

When [name withheld] became eligible for parole 20 years later, D'Alessandro organized a letter writing, green ribbon campaign that led officials to deny [name withheld] parole. But she didn’t stop there.

The very idea that a child murderer could be released from prison created the idea of “Joan’s Law,” which the state Legislature adopted in 1997 -- denying the possibility of parole to offenders who murder while committing a sex crime.
- So, why wasn't the person sentenced to life in prison in the first place?  If you murder someone, anyone, you should be in prison until the day you die.

A federal version of the law followed in 1998. New York State adopted its own in 2004.

D’Alessando also convinced New Jersey lawmakers to eliminate what had been a two-year statute of limitations on suing murderers.

[name withheld]’s sentence made him parole-eligible after serving 14 years. Because "Joan's Law" is not retroactive, he came up for parole -- and was denied -- four times.

So D’Alessandro’s group gathered 80,000 signatures, along with 7,000 letters, and held two rallies at the State House in Trenton in 2009, after which the Parole Board added 18 years before [name withheld] (now 64) will again be eligible for release.

What strikes you most about D’Alessandro -- who received the Attorney General's Special Courage Award in 2004 -- is her tireless dedication to helping others.

It’s why she’s invited Lundsford to her home tomorrow night.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

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Friday, January 14, 2011

America's Most Wanted's John Walsh Discusses The Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act (2006)

I realize this is from 2006, but it was brought to my attention here.



Original Article

08/07/2006


Recently we were on hand for a conference call when John Walsh and his wife Reve went to the White House on July 27, 2006. On this day President Bush signed into law The Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act. The event was bittersweet for the Walsh family as it took place exactly 25 years to the day that their son Adam was abducted and murdered. The bill includes the following provisions:
- It has NEVER been proven that Adam was sexually abused, nor who killed him. But they laid the blame on Ottis Toole. And it was also suspected that Jeffrey Dahmer killed Adam. So this law was originally passed on false accusations. I believe it was originally intended for child abusers, which is not necessarily sexual abuse, but could be parental abuse, emotional, physical, sexual, etc. Now it's mainly a way to punish sex offenders only, even those who had nothing to do with children. You do not see the others mentioned on the registry, why not?

  • Establish a comprehensive federal DNA database of material collected from convicted molesters, and procedures for the routine DNA collection and comparison to the database when someone has been convicted of such an offense. (Whomever wrote this, you'd think this was for child molesters only, but it's not. Also, what about people who physical or emotionally harm children, or even adults?)
  • Provide federal funding for states to track pedophiles using global positioning devices. (Again, this law was originally about child abuse, kidnapping, etc, but here they say pedophiles and not all sex offenders are pedophiles!)
  • Allow victims of child abuse to sue their molesters. (Does this include all child abuse, or just sexual abuse?)

As the face and driving force behind the hugely popular and effective TV show America's Most Wanted, John Walsh and his family are living proof that something devastating doesn't only create victims.
- One side note, also keep in mind that John Walsh himself admitted he was a sex addict. So why isn't he on the registry? He said he got help and was "cured!" Should we know where he lives and works?

John Walsh: First let me say thank you all for your patience. I'm right here at the White House; we're actually shooting components of this Saturday night's show around the bill signing today. As I think many of you know, this is the 25th anniversary of the kidnapping of our six-year-old son, Adam, from the mall in Hollywood, Florida, so it's kind of a bittersweet day for us. My wife, Reve, will be here; and our 24-year-old daughter, Megan; and our 21-year-old son, Callahan; and our 11-year-old son, Hayden. They, of course, never met Adam, but Adam is a big part of their lives, so it's a very special day for us.
- And don't they have child neglect laws about this? If someone left their child in a hot car, they would probably be charged with some crime. Why did she leave her young child alone in the store in the first place?

We're very, very honored that Congress, so many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle deemed this an important piece of legislation and named it the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act. That's a real honor. But lots of other parents worked on this bill; Mark Lunsford from Florida; I walked the halls last week with Elizabeth Smart and her father Ed; and I know Marc Klauss, Polly Klauss' father, has worked on this; and many, many other parents, so many parents will be here today, and survivors.
- Yeah, you need a controversial bill passed? Name it after some child or person. That in of itself, should be illegal.

I really believe that this may be the most important piece of child protection legislation passed in the last 25 years. I've been here for several bill signings, but this one is a really tough piece of legislation, it has teeth in it, it has oversight, it has about $1.2 billion worth of money, which we still have to go back to Congress and get, but that's the budget. It will really change the way we deal with convicted rapists of our women and molesters of our children.
- And to this day, the money is still not there. And what about abuse of women, or non-sexual abuse of children, and also men? Why is this bill all about sex when it has never been proven sex had anything to do with Adam's killing? Ottis Toole was a sick serial killer, so was Jeffrey Dahmer.

It will mandate the creation of a national sex offender registry kept up-to-date in every one of the 50 states. Every state, whether the state has a good registry, a bad registry, or no registry, will now be mandated to have this federal template and there will be an exchange between the registries.
- And to this day, states are not implementing it, because it's unconstitutional, draconian, and cruel and unusual punishment, plus they stand to lose more money to implement it, if they do not take the 10% Bryne Grant incentive (aka bribe). To this date, only about three states have "significantly" implemented it.

In the bill there is a federal component, money to hire and train 500 new U.S. marshals, who will then be assigned to fugitive task force all over the country and they will go after these convicted sex offenders who are in non-compliance with their parole or probation. The Justice Department estimates that there are at least 100,000 convicted sex offenders who have disappeared through the cracks, who are at large right now and non-compliance with their sex offender probation, parole, or registry requirements. So these are 100,000 guys that are out there right now.
- This 100,000 "goldilock" number has never been proven either, it's an assumption. Nowadays, since he has not received the money for the law, he's changed this to "100,000 Level 3, most dangerous" offenders to SCARE people into acting. Again, not based on facts.

It also mandates the collection of DNA from every convicted sex offender, which I believe will solve thousands of old crimes, cold cases, rapes and molestations. When we passed this bill on a state level in Florida, the DNA bill, several years ago, in the first six months 88 crimes were solved and 11 people over the course of a year were freed from jail that were innocent. So the DNA component will solve lots of crimes and get innocent people out of jail.
- Hell, why not collect DNA from every human being? If it will help solve one crime, isn't it worth it? And if they actually used the DNA, it would also SET FREE many who have been falsely railroaded by DA's, prosecutors, lawyers, judges, police, etc. Really, 88 people freed. If it wasn't mandatory DNA be collected, then was the cases actually solved by this mandate, or are you just making it up?

It also mandates more federal prosecutors, particularly to prosecute Internet crimes, distribution of child pornography over the Internet, and for pedophiles who try to lure children over the Internet. It allocates 35 more FBI agents; five of those will be assigned to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help in cybercrimes and to catch these guys.
- And the laws will also create a ton of businesses who use fear to make millions.

It also, for the first time in the history of this country, mandates a national child abuse registry and background checks of people who want to become foster parents. Years ago I profiled a guy who was a foster parent and was using young boys in child pornography, so now to be a foster parent you will have to have a background check and prove you are not a convicted sex offender.
- Well, that is not true. If it was indeed a child abuse registry, then we'd have parents who abuse their children through neglect (like your wife), emotional or physical, etc. But it's not, it's mostly a registry for those who have committed a sex crime. But, more and more, new crimes are being added, which is documented on this blog. Some non-sexual crimes are being placed on the registry, and also, more and more registries are popping up as well. Hell, pretty soon, we'll have one big ALL SINNERS registry, which I am 100% for. If it's okay for one group of people, then it's good enough for everyone. And what about convicted murderers or drug users/dealers? Are they going to be able to adopt a child?

So there are lots of really powerful, good components to this legislation (most of it unconstitutional). It was a long battle. Congressman Mark Foley (Yeah, he's a good example, see here and here) from Florida wrote it about 2.5 years ago, when we were talking about sex offenders in Florida. James Sensenbrenner (He's also part of other laws eradicating rights, like the Patriot Act and Real ID Act), the Chairman of the House Judiciary, got it passed three times, the last time being yesterday. And the Senate, on the Senate side, Bill Frist (Controversies) was a champion of the bill; Senator Oren Hatch (Controversies) introduced it to the Senate, along with Senator Joe Biden from Delaware, the democratic senator who became a champion of the bill. Senator Kennedy worked on it. Senator Leahy worked on it. Arlen Specter, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary, was a very strong advocate for the bill. Diane Feinstein. There are a lot of people who worked hard to perfect and fine tune this bill to make it as tough as it is. I really think it's a true bipartisan piece of legislation. Finally, after almost 2.5 years it is passed and I really think it will impact the way that this country's criminal justice system deals with sex offenders.
- Again, proving it's all about punishing sex offenders, not child abusers.

Many small town sheriffs, many small town police agencies have said that they do not have the resources to go after sex offenders like the guy who allegedly killed the 19-year-old coed at Clemson University in South Carolina. He was a registered sex offender in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida, bragged about the fact that no one looked for him, he jumped the registry, violated his parole and probation, went to South Carolina and admitted killing that beautiful girl and said he may have killed other women, but he definitely raped women in other states because he said there was nobody looking for him (Are you just adding on crimes to fear monger?). So this will be a great resource for small agencies, the FBI, the marshals, and the ICE, the Immigration Customs Enforcement group from Homeland Security will all be part of this bill going out to hunt these guys down on a national level. Again, we are so honored that they named it after beautiful little Adam.
- I'm sure you are. But again, it was never proven Adam was sexually abused.

In the years that you've been doing the show, has there ever been a situation when you've been say out in public and thought that you saw somebody that you had just profiled on the show?

John Walsh: Thank you for the compliments, David. That has never happened to me. We shoot the show all over the world, all over the country; we've done shows from the Persian Gulf, Ground Zero, Oklahoma bombing, etc., do them on the streets, and I've never, ever run into someone who was on the show.

Although one time I was told that when I was in Baltimore profiling a murderer and I was doing stand-ups there, that some of the people in the crowd had recognized him in the back of the crowd and that he disappeared and he was caught the next day. So I guess that's the closest that any fugitives have ever really gotten to me and I've never run into one.

It's probably not good for most people to take the law into their own hands. But if you did run into somebody like that, would you call the authorities or would you feel tempted, because of your passion for the job, to try and apprehend him, do a citizen's arrest?

John Walsh: No, I'm not a vigilante (I beg to differ); I don't believe in vigilantism (I beg to differ! You are making a law to punish sex offenders, not child abusers, which is based on assumptions, not facts, and the vengeance is obvious, even from your own book). I would certainly call law enforcement immediately. That's why America's Most Wanted has worked so well over the years. We are now up to 898 arrests of wanted fugitives, so close to 900. I believe people can make a difference and have the courage to make that call. But I always tell people don't do something stupid, don't put yourself in a very tenuous position to be hurt. Have authorities call the person. That's what I would do; I would call authorities right away. I'm not a cop and it's too dangerous to try to take down fugitives yourself.

My other question is in the tragedy that happened in your life that in some ways kind of kicked off this whole thing, I guess my question is is this in some ways kind of keeping Adam alive for you, in terms? Do you ever kind of sort of feel like he's right behind your shoulder, saying, "Thanks, Dad" or anything?

John Walsh: I absolutely do. Certainly Adam is the inspiration for almost everything my wife and I have done in the last 25 years. I was a pretty successful partner in a company that built deluxe hotels; we were building a $26 million hotel on Paradise Island when Adam was kidnapped. Certainly his murder changed our lives forever.
- Yeah, and instead of going for a murderer registry, you went on assumptions of child abuse and sexual abuse, which has never been proven. Speaking of which, why don't we have a murderer registry?

My wife always puts it very succinctly, she says, "I cannot understand how anyone could hurt a child, let alone brutally and heinously murder a child like Adam was murdered." And so many of the parents there today are survivors of the murders of their children. But Reve always said we wanted to make sure Adam didn't die in vain. Many times I'll be out on the road and we're in the middle of the night in a dangerous place, seeing some very bad things and very depressing things, and Adam, I always believe that he's there as the inspiration, saying, "Dad, go get them. I'm proud of you." And I hope he is proud of me because I hope I will see him in the next life.
- So, you believe in an afterlife. What about God? Jesus? Do you think Jesus would pose disinformation to get people to do something? I don't think so. Which is basically what you did, IMO.

Another case that I'm thinking of that happened last decade that you're well familiar with was the Jimmy Ryce case as well. Those cases just really, I think, changed the way we looked at protecting our children. I'm wondering if you can talk a little bit about the world in 1981 versus the world now in terms of the things that parents didn't do then because they didn't even think about doing then, the things that parents do or should do now because it's a much different world?

John Walsh: You're absolutely right; it is a very much different world. Reve and I look back at how naïve we were in 1981 (And why were you not charged with child neglect? Which would put you on the same registry? As people in congress have said, "we can always use a good tragedy for our benefit," or something like that.). Reve was right three aisles away from Adam and was a great and still is a great mother - we've had three children since Adam was murdered - and a very protective mother, and it happened in an instant. The Ryces will be here today, Don and Claudine Rice; as will be Mark Lunsford (Whose own son molested a child and received 10 days in jail and is NOT on the registry, why not?).

Look at all the terrible cases that have happened in my home state of Florida (Florida, IMO, is corrupt as hell). Look at all the support we've gotten from all the good people in Florida, but look at the cases. Most of the time it was a serious repeat offender: Carlie Bruscia, that guy had 17 convictions; John Couey that murdered Jessica Lunsford, 22 arrests. He was in violation of his sex offender probation and parole. He should have never been out on the streets. At least he should have been monitored, certainly specifically with an ankle bracelet.

So I always tell people that it isn't 1981, it's not 1950, it's not All in the Family/Father Knows Best, it's a difficult, difficult time. Now we have the Internet. We always talk about people telling their children, "Be careful when you're waiting for the school bus or walking home. Don't get near a car if it approaches." Now unfortunately the predators are in our living rooms, talking to our children over the Internet.
- Studies show that 90% or more of all sexual crimes occur in the victims own home, not some stranger. Stranger kidnappings are rare.

We've all seen the recent Datelines and we've been doing at America's Most Wanted for years; these guys are absolute experts at convincing children that they're another sympathetic 12-year-old or 13-year-old child. They try and lure that child to the mall or somewhere where they think they can get that child, and that child never knows they're talking to a 30-year-old man or a 40-year-old pedophile who's out there to hurt them.
- Come on, kids are very trusting in nature, it doesn't take an "expert" to lure a kid a way. See here or here.

So times have changed. The Internet is a great thing, but Interpol and the FBI say that child pornography over the Internet alone has become a $4 billion business. So it is a very different world than I grew up within, it's a very different world than it was in 1980, but I think people are aware and I really think this bill today is going to send a loud message. It only deals with convicted sex offenders, only the level one, the most violent ones, but it sends a message "You messed up one time, you hurt a woman, you hurt a child, but we have the right now to punish you. We have the right to know where you are. We have the right for that soccer mom to check a Web site and know if there's a convicted serious sex offender in their neighborhood." I think today's going to be a loud voice for a lot of victims that will be in the Rose Garden with my wife and I.
- So in the above highlighted statement, he proves once again, the law is about punishing sex offenders, not child abusers, and it's not just for "serious" sex offenders, it's for ALL, even non-sexual crimes! And it doesn't account for all the other "crimes" that can land you on the registry. Kidnapping, urinating in public, two teens having sex, etc.

One of the other things that has changed in 25 years is that the police and law enforcement agencies are also much more better equipped to deal with this, aren't they?

John Walsh: Absolutely, but the real problem is, and I've seen it firsthand on America's Most Wanted, this is a country of 50 little countries called states, and there are 17,000 police agencies in the United States and 27 federal agencies and they still don't exchange information, they don't have the resources. Many times you'll have a case where it's just a one-man sheriff department, maybe a local chief of police with two people in his department; they don't have the resources to go after these sex offenders. This is what this bill will do.
- What about going after all other criminals? Like murderers, gang members, drug dealers/users, thieves, DUI offenders, etc? Why not a registry for all other criminals?

There are going to be pilot programs in every state, teaching cops about cybercrime, about how to put cybercrime units together, how to track sex offenders. This bill is really a boon for law enforcement because it will give resources that teach cops who are more than willing to say, "We don't have the training. We don't have the manpower or womanpower and we really want to help catch these guys." So this is one really big component of this bill.

With the advent of DNA evidence and other things that help crack cold cases, I know what you've said before, but do you have any hope that they will ever find the person who killed Adam?

John Walsh: I never give up hope. I always talk about how my wife and I have never gotten justice. A lot of people think that Ottis Toole, who died in a Florida prison for some horrible crimes, he died of cirrhosis and AIDS in prison, was never charged. The sad thing is that they found a piece of bloody carpet in his car years ago when he was a suspect, and there was no DNA, and unfortunately the Hollywood police over the years misplaced that carpet, which is a real tragedy, because the FBI lab said to me, "Mr. Walsh, if you could give us that carpet, even now, in one day we would tell you whether Adam was in that car or not and whether that man, who is the main suspect, murdered Adam."
- You can get and analyize DNA in one day? I don't think so. If that is true, then why does DNA evidence take so long these days?

So I'm a great believer in DNA; I've often called it the fingerprint of the 21st century. This mandatory taking of the DNA of these sex offenders I think is going to get justice for thousands of victims. I can't imagine how terrible it would be to be in prison, convicted of sexual molestation or rape, and be innocent, and it will free the innocent. So this bill has a huge DNA component.
- If you believe it so much, why not submit your DNA and take the DNA of every single human being on the planet? If it's so great and will help solve crimes, why not?

I wondered what you thought of the book Lost and Found and if you had any parts of it that spoke to you, aside from the profile of yourself and Reve?

John Walsh: I think that book, Lost and Found, it's a passionate statement about the victims, it's a photographic journey, and it's something I think all parents should probably take a look at. It bothers me when people say, "It can't happen to me," and you look in that book and say, "It's happened across all socioeconomic lines." It happens in the ghetto. It happens in Beverly Hills. It happened in the middle of a beautiful home in Salt Lake City.

The Smarts are in there, and today the Smarts will be in the Rose Garden and so will so many other parents of missing and murdered children. Elizabeth, of course, is a happy ending. But there will be a lot of other parents today who helped me work on this bill. It will be kind of a bittersweet day for Reve and I, and we all say the same thing that people in the media never seem to get, we all say, "We don't want to be here. We didn't choose to be here, but we're here because we want to honor our children and fight back."

The book is a great book. Today is going to be a bittersweet day, but it's a great day I think for children out there who may not be victimized because of this bill.
- This bill doesn't prevent any crime, nor protect anybody. You need to get off Fantasy Island!

What is the best way for people to get a copy of this book? I think it might only be available through the Missing Children's.

John Walsh: They can certainly call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1-800-THE-LOST. It's a toll-free number and they have a wonderful Web site, www.missingkids.com. I would even ask for it in book stores, but you can certainly call toll-free, 1-800-THE-LOST.

Right, it does not seem to be, for some reason, available in book stores.

John Walsh: It should be.

You did bring up an internet component. The pedophiles are using it, the predators are using the Internet, and I think if parents would learn the language that their kids are using that they would have a leg up on protecting their children.

John Walsh: Absolutely. You're 100% right. I always tell parents don't let kids take that computer into their bedroom, put it in the family room or living room and monitor there. There's all kind of software. Cox Broadcasting has a wonderful Web site, www.coxtakecharge.com, that teaches parents all the lingo. I even asked my son, "You're on a Web site here, what's that POS mean?" and he says, "Dad, it means 'parent over my shoulder,' we tip each other off." You're right, they have their own lingo. You should have the right to know, even if you're not computer savvy.
- You do have the right, it's called parenting. Also, the above site is no longer there, but you can go here.

There are safeguards and there are software to block certain sites, there's software to check what chat rooms your kids are in. Tell your kids to never give out information. Use an anonymous name in that personal profile so that that person can't track you. It may be a 50-year-old pedophile that you think you're talking to a 12-year-old kid.
- And now, the President and others are trying to make everyone have online ID's, a reversal of what John says above.

John, the DNA component in the bill is very impressive. Of course, it was introduced here in Florida a year ago, I believe. What do you feel, beyond just the sex offenders and the pedophiles and predators, I think this will have a component in solving other crimes; don't you?

John Walsh: Absolutely. The DNA may solve lots of other crimes, not only sex offences and sexual molestations (But if the bill is about sex crimes, then are you saying you will also be collecting DNA from all other criminals? Or is this another mistake?). DNA has broken many other cases where DNA is a component. This isn't just targeted towards sex offenders; it's targeted toward child pornographers. Interpol says that child pornography is a $4 billion, run in many components by the Russian mob, some members of the Romanian mob, people in Amsterdam. So this bill is going to have some international implications too.
- So, are you going to go to these countries and make them all register as well?

Now, John, on the America's Most Wanted program will you be doing any profile on the latest problems we're having here in Florida on human trafficking?

John Walsh: We do; we're going to do a special show this Saturday night around the passage of this bill. We'll be profiling several wanted pedophiles (Yeah, more BS to make it look like all sex offenders are pedophiles! And people wonder where the pedophile hysteria came from?) and we have always been involved in trying to stop human trafficking. So this week will be a very special show on America's Most Wanted this Saturday night.

Thank you very much and congratulations.

John Walsh: Thank you. Unfortunately, the Secret Service is here, telling me that I have to go out to the Rose Garden. I'm sorry for those of you who couldn't ask questions. It has been an incredibly busy day, but a really wonderful, productive day. I thank all of you for your wonderful comments. We're still battling. We're still fighting. So I have to go. God bless you. Thank you.