Monday, December 23, 2013

TX - My Nephew was a child when he committed his crime and now he has to live with being a registered sex offender

The following was sent to us via the USER STORY form and posted with the users permission.

By Dwayne:
My nephew was a young man with his whole life in front of him. Now he has very little going for him. He has to register as a sex offender even though he was a minor himself. Something is wrong with a system that continues to punish children for their bad choices. He did time in T.Y.C. for his crime and now has a future of low scale jobs and a life of poverty. By no means should he have done what he did , but as I stated he served his sentence and is trying to be a man. The state of Texas is requiring him to register even though he was a minor. Is this how it is supposed to be? It just doesn't seem right. Any feedback would be helpful. Thank you.


Kitty Wolf said...

It is well past time to change things!

Scott said...

horrible situation but your making it worse with such a negative outlook for his future. He's young and he still has his whole life in front of him. A sex crime conviction no more gaurantees a life of poverty than a masters degree guarantees financial security. It's what he does next that's going to make the difference. Send him to college or a school to learn a trade. He may have to grow up faster than his friends by being smarter about how he balances school work and partying but with support from you (his family) he can overcome this. I'm not gonna to tell you it's easy because it's not but its far from impossible he just has to believe he can do it and that starts with you believing.

If you want even more advise he needs to goto college for a degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engeneering, Math) field. It would be highly unlikely he ends up in poverty as you say with a STEM degree.

Obviously if your state requires lifetime registration for his offense despite his age send him to college in a state that doesn't. Some states may not list him on the public registry. If that's the case then what does he have, a juvinile record? I don't know Texas law but in Ohio that wouldn't even come up on a background check. No money for college? Apply for every grant you can find.

Sex Offender Issues said...

It's not that easy for most who wear the modern day scarlet letter. Many cannot go to schools where children congregate, and if they can, then many times they announce it and then the person is harassed or worse.

Redeemed1 said...

I have to agree with SOI on this one. Education is not a magic bullet. I am living proof. I have two masters (math and stats) and it might as well be that I do not even have a HS diploma. Everyone will say that I look impressive on paper, but as soon as they see the scarlet letter, they run. We are in a deeper pool of not what we know, but who we know. Unfortunately, in most of our cases, that means no-one.