Letter to The Editor

An ounce of prevention could have seriously changed what happened in this article http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/DCF-worker-released-on-bond-in-sex-case-369205.php. It appears that a 19 year old former foster child was lured to the home of her 48 year old case worker and raped or an attempt to rape happened. The details about this I did not find to be very clear.
What facts that are clear to me is that this girl was attacked and was placed in a very bad situation. The real question I ask is did a sex offender registry help on this to protect her? Well no it couldn

See you in the funny papers!

The Cartooning of America

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The original intent of the registry;   The national registry was designed to keep track of the most violent and predatory offenders, not low-risk and non violent offenders.  Since that time the registry has grown and due to the AWA many low-risk and non violent offenders have been reclassified. 

Springing from this massive database of offenders comes the money brokers who have seen the public frenzy created by this out of control registry system.  They come in all forms from large GPS manufacturing companies to small upstart so-called newspapers.
   
The tactics used by these quazi public servants are questionable at the very least, on the other side of the issue they beg for a full investigation by the FBI into the campaign used by these companies to control public opinion for profit.

Let

Justice Department Announces $7.3 Million in Awards,

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In support of the Adam Walsh Act and Sex Offender Management

We do not think we have seen anything quite like this before.  Legislators have been successful in taking a minute problem and turning it into a monumental one.  All they needed was media assistance and a very gullible public to accomplish their goals.

We could do a lot of good with $7.3 million, but it seems that nothing is more important than funding laws that do not work and were not need in the first place.

But is $7.3 million enough to fully fund the AWA or is it a carrot for lawmakers who cannot do the math?

This breaks down to (.0146).146 million per state?  If you do straight math, which the government never does, $7,300,000 / 50= $146,000.  This is not including, D.C. and all of the territories, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Marianas Islands, Guam, Samoa.

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Department of
Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced more than $7.3 million in Fiscal Year 2009 grant assistance for state, local, and tribal governments for use in implementing, training, and maintaining and enhancing sex offender programs throughout the United States.

These grants, administered by OJP’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing,
Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART), break down into three areas of funding: Adam Walsh Act (Title I) implementation, Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) support, and Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public

Proximity to schools is not a factor

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SEXUAL OFFENDERS Proximity to schools is not a factor

SOSEN – JTC “Bridge Of Tyranny”

Re Fred Grimm’s March 5 column, Lobbyist pushed laws that push outcasts into homelessness: As an associate professor at Lynn University in Boca Raton, my primary area of research is sex-crime-policy analysis. Recent research in Florida confirmed that a sex offender’s proximity to schools and day care centers was unrelated to sexual recidivism.

Sex offenders who lived in close proximity to such facilities were not more likely to reoffend than those who lived farther away. Researchers from Minnesota also have reported that not one of 224 recidivistic sex offenses would have been prevented by a residential-restriction law.  Sex offenders do not molest children because they live near schools. They abuse when they are able to establish relationships with children and their families and misuse positions of familiarity, trust and authority. According to the Justice Department, 93 percent of sexually abused children are molested by family members, close friends or acquaintances. Children are most likely to be assaulted by people they know, not strangers lurking in schoolyards. Thus, residence restrictions do little to prevent the most common situations in which children are likely to be harmed.

CNN Interviews Mary and Ricky Blackman

BELOW AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN

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Stilwell, Oklahoma (CNN) — As a teenager, Ricky Blackman carried an Oklahoma driver’s license with the words “sex offender” stamped in red below his picture.

His crime? Having sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 16. The offense occurred when he lived in Iowa, and the label followed him to Oklahoma.

As a Tier 3 offender on Oklahoma’s sex offender registry, Blackman could not attend high school, visit the town library, or go to his younger brother’s football games.

But the label did more than limit where Blackman could go. It transformed him from an outgoing, sociable jock into an introvert who has trouble trusting people, his mother says.

“He’s not the same,” said Mary Duval, a straight-talker who has become a full-time activist to reform sex offender legislation since her son’s conviction.

“I used to get a kick out of Ricky,” she added. “He was so fun-loving and just full of life. I mean, there’s no other word. Ricky was full of life and now he’s definitely more cautious, more reserved.”

Now 20, Blackman tenses up when he sees children at a supermarket and avoids talking to girls his age, even if they initiate contact, his mother says.

“I got a lot more fear in me, I mean, because anything could happen,” Blackman said. “Say you’re on the registry, and you’re in the mall and a kid comes up missing. Well, guess what? You’re the first person they’re going to because you’re on the sex offender registry.”
Ricky was full of life and now he’s definitely more cautious, more reserved.
–Mary Duval, mother