Thursday, February 27, 2014

TN - Bill would place 'sex offender' on convicted offender's license

Sex offender scarlet letter
Original Article

02/27/2014

NASHVILLE - Should sex offenders have the status marked on their driver's license in Tennessee?

The idea received a good bit of debate Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

A new bill (HB-1747) would require the words "sex offender" to be stamped on a convicted offender's driver's license in red three times.

It would increase state expenditures one time by $150,000.

The sponsor of the House bill, Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesborough, told a sub-committee he got the idea from a constituent at a daycare where people have to show identification to be on a list to pick up children.

Critics pointed out the stamp would open offenders up to another level of ridicule.

The bill, first filed in late January, was put on hold to give lawmakers time to think.

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14 comments :

Mark said...

Sure, why not? Then people can run them off the road, shoot at them, egg and vandalize their cars, tailgate them, then make false allegations, follow them to their residences. Sure, why not? If really necessary, just post the license plate and make of car on the sex offendewr registry this way, most people will not be inclined to do things to offenders because this will mean work for them in my view.

Anonymous said...

I know Illinois and Kansas and possibly some other states already do this on RSO's driver's licenses.

Anonymous said...

Why are they stamping it 3 times. Isn't once enough to tell? I don't even know if there is enough room on a driver's license for 3 stamps.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this could be step one toward making the entire Canada sex offender registry public. Sure, at first it'll only include the high risk offenders (I have no idea what percentage of the RSO's that would be), but it could include more over time. Maybe they'll eventually come up with residency restrictions in Canada as well. The scary thought is that if Canada makes its registry public, pressure may build for Britain, Australia and Ireland to do the same.

Anonymous said...

Canada has 35 million people, and only had 3,900 reported sex offenses? That's a ridiculously small number- his stat on the number of reported sex offenses is ridiculously low. That would mean only slightly more than one in 10,000 Canadians reported being a victim of a sex crime- I can't imagine that's the case. Canada raised its age of consent from 14 to 16 six years ago at least in part because of American influence- now maybe they'll take American influence on the sex offender registry as well.

Anonymous said...

I knew that there was some talk about making the Ontario sex offender registry public, but I had no idea that there were calls to do the same with the national SOR in Canada. This is scary. I almost wonder if the Canada registry could eventually be as tough as the US registries are. Probably not as tough as the sex offender registries in the Southeast, but maybe as tough as Northeastern sex offender registries are.

Sex Offender Issues said...

You know you can edit your comment and put all your thoughts into one instead of many, right?

Anonymous said...

Illinois does not do this

rob said...

I say we have politicians have their license stamped also and any vehicle they drive. lets not forget a scarlet letter "P" arm band, so everyone knows what these commies look like and not to vote for them.

Mark said...

What a real, real shocker here - huh?

Mark said...

"...Another level of criticism? Are you crazy? This sex offender license plate tag is for "OUR CHILDREN." AND THAT IS ALL THAT COUNTS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERIKA.

dc said...

Not sure where to even start. It already is stamped on my TN driver's

license, but either he is unaware of it or they have passed so many dumbass laws that they have forgotten about it. They could use that money to education people on what to look for on the license instead of continuing to shame people who have paid their dues. There is a code on my license under the restrictions that with some education the right people (and yes eventually EVERYONE) will know what it means.

Anonymous #2 said...

It is a BS argument made for the sheeple. In any state where an XSO can legally change the name, the court order for the name change requires the State/Commonwealth to update its records and provide the information to the State Police and other related organizations as well as the department of motor vehicles. A good background check will trace back your name and find very little, which is why they use your social security number. That's when they find everything. Any competent judge will throw out a name change request from an XSO unless the XSO has an attorney present and has enough of a valid case to change his/her name. A process that is free to the general public cost me $1,500.00 to get done properly.

Frank said...

Anonymous 2--thanks for your input. I tried to change my name simply because it's rare and the web has permanent unalterable crap on me from when I was first charged. Any good content is mixed with the bad so that if I hand someone a business card and they decide (simply out of curiousity) to check on my name on Google, they will see the bad mixed with the good. Anyway the judge would not okay the change and so it's nice to know that with an attorney, it might be possible. Like everything in legal stuff, it seems as if one has to "play the game" so everyone can make their share of $ (courts, judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, etc) . Let's pray that other states don't enact similar legislation like OK.