It is a new year and all the legislators have put their best Showboat feet forward. This without any consideration to the fact that the legislation needs to be based on the Republic’s Constitutional requirements of protecting individual rights, as well as the need for the new laws to be based on facts not speculation, probabilities, or mythology.
There are already a bevy of legislatures proposing new laws pertaining to Registered Citizens. In all of these cases these new laws rules and regulations are based on one primary assumption, and that is that there is a high probability of re-offense, once a person has been placed on the registry. That high re-offense rate is not only a fact-less myth, but an out right lie, this lie is something that proponents of these laws should be made to face. They should not be allowed to get away with the standard “everybody knows that they do re-offend”, make them prove it, because you know that they can’t.
In almost all of the cases there will be hearings held before the passage of a law, often before the State Judiciary Committee of the legislature. When these hearings happen, advocates need to be there and have in their hands the documentation that proves there is no high re-offense rate for people already on the registry. This alone is our first line of defense against stupid laws being passed and more restrictions being added. We must not allow the sex offender industry lobbyists, law enforcement, victims advocates, and uneducated legislators to get away with making the claim of high re-offense rates as a need for their additional new laws.
There is plenty of documentation out there showing the low re-offense rates, you only have to look to our site to find some of it. This year be pro-active, walk-in to the meetings! Not only be able to prove that there is no high re-offense rate, but be prepared to debunk any biased study such as the Butner study or the Prentky study that falsely show high re-offense rates. Challenge the legislators to prove that there is a high re-offense rate, which they won’t be able to do, before they try to pass a new law, rule, or regulation.
we all know what the premise behind all these laws is and that that that is that there is a high re-offense rate we also know that it is a lie there is neither a high re-offense rate for people on the registry nor is there one for people on the registry to be involved in any new sex crimes.
we also know that one of the new myths that they are using is unreported or underreported first of all there is no empirical evidence to prove this, Secondly using pure logic if people not on the registry are responsible for 99% of the new sex crimes than logic tells us that they are responsible for 99% of the unreported crimes.
It every hearing that someone goes to and to every legislator and Judge that someone has contact with, as well as every attorney involved in a SO case this information needs to be driven home to. In most states, if not all, the justification in the codification of the law has something referring to the high possibility of re-offense. first of all we prove to them that their justification does not exist and never did and next we show them the collateral damage that their laws have created. thereby their argument of community safety is proven to be a black infectious lie that should not stand in a Constitutional Republic.
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