Virginia State Police Tracking Sex Offenders - wtvr
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#1 Nov 6, 2009
DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE IN VIRGINIA.
I worked for a temp agency years ago and my job was to screen potential employees. We had a nice-looking, well dressed young man walk through the door and apply for a high-paying position. He said he had just moved to Richmond and was looking for a job. He gave us an address and phone number. The others in the office just knew he was a sure shot and sooo handsome! Stupid. The job he wanted required a background check. HE WAS A SEX OFFENDER IN LOUISIANA, GEORGIA AND TWO OTHER STATES, WANTED FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AND A VIOLENT OFFENDER OF CHILDREN TO BOOT. I called the Virginia State Police. Their response? GET READY FOR THIS: MAYBE HE HAS NOT HAD TIME TO REGISTER YET! THEY HAVE A GRACE PERIOD! WHAT??>????
THAT IS HOW THEY GET AWAY WITH IT. NO ONE CHECKS.
#2 Nov 6, 2009
msboopva that was years ago. Yes there is a grace period but only a few days. The punishment is harsh for non compliance if you are caught. The state police do a good job with what they have to work with in terms of budget. However, the registry does present certain challenges to the department. It has become difficult to determine the real threats to society and the ones who are on it that do not pose as big a threat. One can not tell the difference the way it is set up currently. Changes need to be made to better protect the public.
#3 Nov 6, 2009
Today there are more than 15,500 people listed on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry.
Thats 1 out of every 210 adult males in our state.
Approximately 1,200 new people are added every year. This number will NEVER decrease because Virginia continually increases the minimum time required to remain on the Registry, continually re-classifies Non-Violent offenders to Violent and continually adds new crimes that fall under Sex Offender offenses every year.
The most prevalent persons listed on the U.S Registries are those who were found guilty where there was no real victim (Internet stings, viewing porn), those that agreed to a plea agreement to avoid public humiliation and life in prison, or one whose crime was statutory in nature (Romeo and Juliet) but they are listed as rape, carnal knowledge and sodomy on the Virginia Registry for LIFE.
By all credible studies (see below) and accounts the vast majority of the people listed on the registries today will never re-offend. The National Statistics show the recidivism rates for sexual assaults to be 3.5 to 5.5%.
The American Sex Offender Registries have become a useless list of names that the public can no longer use to decipher who is a true threat and who has simply been swept up in this Legislative Predator Hysteria. Dilution is Not the Solution.
Once, America believed that in order to prevent the persecution of the innocent we would accept that one or two guilty might walk; we've gone to the extreme opposite of that, in order to prosecute one guilty person we are willing to destroy one thousand. The United States has become a fearful and paranoid country with a zero tolerance mentality. We punish through fear not through fact. Non threats need to be removed from the registry to better protect society.
No Easy Answers: Human Rights Watch Study
Fact Sheets Examine Impact of Sex Offender Registries: Justice Policy Institute
Collateral Damage: Family Members of Registered Sex Offenders by Jill Levenson
Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies: Final Report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force to the Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking of State Attorneys General of the United State
The Adam Walsh Act: Scarlet Letter, by Lara Geer Farley
Registering Harm: How Sex Offender Registries Fail Youth and Communities, Justice Policy Institute
When Evidence Is Ignored: Residential Restrictions For Sex Offenders, by Richard Tewksbury and Jill Levenson
Failure to Register: An Empirical Analysis of Sex Offense Recidivism, by Jill Levenson
Youth Sex Offenses Fact and Fiction, Justice Policy Institute
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, 1994 Recidivism Rates for Sex Offenders- 5.3% and for Child Victimizers- 3.3%
The Pursuit of Safety: Sex Offender Policy in the United States, Vera Institute of Justice
Residential Proximity to Schools and Daycare Centers: Influence on Sex Offense Recidivism, An Empirical Analysis, by Jill Levenson
Perpetual Panic, by Michael OHear
Book, Sex Offender Laws: Failed Polices, New Directions, by Dr. Richard Wright
Book, The Modern Day Leper, by Dick Witherow
The Sex Offender Registries are extremely costly to the Virginia taxpayer and to the families of the registered. It will cost $12 Million for Virginia to comply with SORNA/the Adam Walsh Act, but the state would only lose $400,000 (10% of the Byrne Grant) if they do not comply.
The time has come for the State and Federal Legislators to open their eyes and ears and to take this data seriously.
Impossible laws and restrictions ultimately ensure failure and increase the jobless rate, the dissolution of family life and eventual homelessness. This can only leave the Registered destitute with nothing to lose. The only way to ensure a life free from crime is to allow for success and stability.
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