Donor is behind effort to ease sex-offender rules
In this Aug. 30, 2013, photo Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, center, outside the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services center in Farmington, Mo., discusses his veto of a bill overwhelmingly passed by the Legislature that would strike juvenile offenders from public-notification websites and eventually allow their removal from the sex-offender ... (more)
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#1 Sep 7, 2013
One of the reasons cited by Governor Nixon was HB301 doesn't distinguish between serious crimes and minor crimes. "To remove one class of offenders from the site 'in one fell swoop,'
without regard to the details of their crimes, he argued, is
“disrespectful to the victims.”
Can anyone explain to me why then the Governor and others aren't moving swiftly to remove the minor crimes? Seems to be a consensus here for just that among lawmakers and the public.
So what is the delay in getting that done immediately? Why isn't the governor, who cares so much about kids, pushing to get those minor crimes removed immediately!
It would save millions and enhance public safety.
#2 Sep 7, 2013
Why is this even a story? Not a single fact for or against the actual bill.
This is just a witch hunt by Governor Nixon. Sickening.
#3 Sep 7, 2013
But, it is about the 10% Byrne Fund Grant money from the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder that the state could lose which doesn't hold a candle to what is spent each year to maintain a public registry that folks like John Walsh, father of Adam Walsh, who was standing by President Bush's side when he signed the AWA into law in 2006 now say the registry is not being used as it was initially designed and he said we need to get rid of all but the violent repeat offenders and track them.
Then here are quotes from Patty Wetterling, mother of Jacob Wetterling, who helped get several laws passed regarding sexual offenses.....
One woman contacted Wetterling to share the story of her husband, a former alcohol abuser who had committed a sex crime when he was 19. He went to jail and afterward turned his life around, getting married and having two kids. The Adam Walsh Act retroactively forced him to register as a sex offender, ushering him into a deep depression. He could no longer sit with his own family at church or chaperone school field trips due to the law's provisions.
And she kept coming back to the same nagging feeling: These men were not the same as the man who abducted Jacob. These were not serial child abusers who had no capacity to change, and in a terrible twist, their status as sex offenders might actually make children less safe instead of more. ws had simply gone too far.
Clogging the registries with so many people who don't represent a real ongoing threat could make it harder to discern those who actually do. Moreover, by perpetuating the stranger-danger myth, the laws could be lulling parents into a false sense of security, blinding them to the much more likely threat of sexual abuse by family and friends. Wetterling started feeling that sex offender laws had simply gone too far. http://www.citypages.com/2013-03-20/news/patt...
Please focus on the problem and not the folks who live their son and family just as much as any legislator AND the governor.
Women Against Registry dot com
#4 Sep 7, 2013
Why is it necessary to call out a family with the hopes of turning the public against them, subject them and their family to possible vigilante actions AND trying to ruin their business? They, like many of the more that 2,500,000 registrant family members across the United States whose loved one is required to register (along with another 750,000 men, women and children-young as 8 in some states) chose to delve into the research by the likes of Justice Policy Institute, Dr. Jill Levenson, Richard Tewksbury and other, talked to many professionals, attended seminars to learn first hand "the truth of the matter" then rolled up their sleeves and went to work to help not only their son but the others. Here is some of what they learned that regarding minors:
More than 80% reported having had sex by age 15. Thus, Children having sex by the age of 15 would be guilty of committing a sex offense.(JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE, P 21)
More than nine out of 10 times the arrest of a youth for a sex offense is a onetime event.(JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE,P 22)
These are just a couple of the many things learned AND SHARED with Missouri legislators. But, what you hear from the governor is "what about the victims?" Let's be clear on this topic, nobody is discarding a victim and the trauma surrounding their situation. But, what about the victims of those 95% of offenses which occur within the family and never get reported. Please don't say that doesn't happen because MANY professionals and some of your family members might tell you it does. What about those kids? What about the kids of registrants who are ridiculed, beaten up, have folks drive by when they are out playing and shout horrible things? What about the underage girls who have sex because it is expected of them? What if Missouri passed a law that any "consensual sexual relationship between two minors or a minor with someone over the age of consent must be reported or anyone aware and not reporting it to the police would be imprisoned. Think that is far-fetched? The private prison industry is working hard to classify more and more "offenses" as those requiring incarceration to keep their facilities at the required 90% full-bed rate.
This issue is not about the folks listed above it is about punitive punishment. Also, this issue had nothing to do with the SORTS facility in Farmington where the governor held one of his news conferences.
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