Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The Unintended Consequences of Sex Offender Registries
"An article in the March 14th issue of the New Yorker describes the negative effects of sex offender laws on juveniles who get caught up in a legal system designed to protect children from adult sexual predators. Adolescent sexual experimentation, especially when accompanied by age mismatch, and child misbehavior have become criminalized in ways that those interviewed in the article see as unintended, mistaken, and counterproductive...."
One To See Change Past Posts
- Sentinel reporter to discuss sex offenders on Smar...
- Florida man freed from prison early — underage rom...
- Federal: Attorney: Sex Offender Passport Marker Wo...
- Listed for Life by Jane Shim
- EVIL LAW: The Documentary Film
- What Kindness Can Do.
- OR Editorial: Bad neighbor policy
- OH: Police: Fake police Facebook page taught sex o...
- Sharon Runner Introduces Legislation Requiring Dep...
- Sex Offender Reports, Charts & Archive: Internatio...
- Posts of Interest
- EASTER 2016
- The Unintended Consequences of Sex Offender Regist...
- Two Interesting Decisions by Federal Judges
- Impact of Treatment on Whether a Sexual Offender W...
- Miami-Dade SORR Appeal Allowed to Proceed - Florid...
- Florida: Sentences for some sex offenders defy rea...
- Registration Fee Bill is DEAD - Florida Action Com...
- Hillsborough to discuss residency restrictions at ...
- IML UPDATE: Reply Memo Filed - Read it Here - Flor...
- Clay County park is the site of sex offender sting...
- Sex Offender Statistics: A collection of informati...
- Articles of Interest
- AL: Surgical Castration for Sex Offenders
- Sex Offender Reports, Charts & Archive: Internatio...
- Community of the Wrongly Accused: Naval Academy In...
- Stop the treatment industrial complex - Florida Ac...
- Not allowed to live on land or sea. - Florida Acti...
- What??? Isn't it attempted first degree murder? - ...
- New Yorker Magazine: THE LIST
- Alabama lawmaker tries passing sex offender bill r...
- Florida sex offender entitled to pension, court ru...
- FL: Report illustrates issues at Civil Commitment ...
- Collier Co. sheriff candidate accused of child abu...
- 'Untouchable' - documentary about Ron Book - to pr...
- Sixth Amendment off-limits to people accused of se...
- NICHOLS V. UNITED STATES - Transcript - A registra...
- Justice Thomas' Question Begs a Deeper Response - ...
- TERRIFIC MOVE! FAC Files UN Human Rights Complaint...
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One to See Change Blog List
Former Sex Offenders Won’t Qualify to Haul Garbage - I started reading a hopeful story about a Florida company called WastePro, that was initiating a program to help the formerly convicted find work. The comp...2 days ago
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We’re Putting Sex Offender Stamps on Passports. Here’s Why It Won’t Curb Sex Tourism & Trafficking. - We’re Putting Sex Offender Stamps on Passports. Here’s Why It Won’t Curb Sex Tourism & Trafficking.1 week ago
Hudson man charged with attacking sex offender with ax - *11-22-17 Wisconsin:* Authorities allege a rural Hudson man on Tuesday attacked a sex offender for the second time since 2016 — this time going after a co...1 week ago
If you are a freezing registrant, even churches are willing to leave you out in the cold - Who would Jesus leave out in the cold? This news story is a miserable story to start the new year. ADDENDUM: The church in the story published a FB post, [...2 weeks ago
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~Adlia Stevenson U.S. Vice President (1893–1897) and Congressman (1879–1881)
On a Personal Note
As you know, many young men and women lives across the nation are being destroyed by incarceration, life-time registry and restrictive laws that do more harm than good. For those individuals, there is no second chance.
Below is a personal letter to President Obama:
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“Dear President Obama,
I truly agree with your sentiments that individuals, such as ex-felons, should be able to receive a second chance at life. Since we all know that one can veer off that path of life and travel along rough, rocky terrain, sometimes running off and ending up in some ditch. We all have made our fill of mistakes and sometimes those held a costly consequence that changed life forever. So we lived through it, trying harder to make things right with family, friends and those around us, but what about those who aren’t able to make things right even if they tried…because they’re labeled as too dirty, a leper, a person who is rejected from society and home.
But what if they’re a seventeen year old and had sex with a fifteen year old, consensual at that? Or they’re a teen that had gotten so enraged after a breakup that he sent out naked pictures of his girlfriend on his cell phone or email? Or an individual urinates where someone just happens to see them?
All are wrong and a travesty but do they deserve the life of no second chance with a registry that ends all. They are labeled, no jobs, no where to live…they have been deemed a menace to society, a plague. These certain circumstances, and many other situations similar to these, I believe still deserve a second change.
Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
After my son’s early release and two years of prison, I thought I had handled that fact graciously knowing after serving his time he would be able to get that fresh start, that second chance. He was an exemplary inmate, GED, college courses and vocational classes. Little did I know that a second chance on the outside was the farthest from the truth? He now struggles and lives in a trailer park sharing a trailer with another and surrounded by others in the same rocking boat, one to float endlessly in shark infested waters. I see him little because of probation requirements (he couldn’t live with us because we were 800 feet near a school). My family is afraid of what would happen to them if he lived with them…vigilantism. My son has no other place to stay since others condemn him of his crime that is screamed from the highest rooftop. Sex offender, sex offender!
Not all sex offenders are pedophiles or predators but some are simply young kids that make one stupid and rash decision that eventually changes everything, and they have no idea what they’ve done until their life is never their own. Exactly, where is that second chance for those sex-offenders who are lumped together with pedophiles and predators? Now, it makes me sick to think of my son’s future and many like him that are on the registry and many with no second chance…ever. I am asking you as a mother and as another concerned citizen of the United States that these laws are looked at again and taken into serious consideration in what they are doing to the Constitution of the United States, not for sex offenders in general but the future rights of every citizen, before anymore are put into effect. They unjustly strip an offender of their rights and place them in a guillotine that can be easily set off by anyone and at anytime. Where is the second chance for ex-sex offenders in the present, pending and future laws?”
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What truly saddens me is the weakness and deterioration of what the sex offense issue is doing to our once, great nation. Across Europe, others are seeing the injustice and disregard of rights, but we ignore this problem and it makes me wonder where humanity is heading….
We have become a hysterical society in which our latest witch-hunt is a sex offender--no matter his/her crime.
Below is a email sent from a foreign advocate to a father of a sex offender:
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“The tragic story of your son's death is just so sad that it's difficult to explain how. It was very hard to read your letters. It seems almost unbelievable that this can take place in a democracy! From our point of view, there is no justice in this. Not in any way: not for you, your son, the former girl friend – or even the state.
It is an abusive legal system. It seems barbaric. And we are so very sorry that this takes place. That's why it's so important for us to try to neutralize the debate with this…, hopefully making some changes. ….. to show the every day life of the sex offenders, trying to show how they keep on being punished, even after served prison time…..But we will for sure tell the story of the injustice that your son has been exposed to.”
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I appreciate everyone's commitment and backing to protect everyone's civil rights, plainly as noted in the Constitution of the United States and is presupposed, giving ALL men are “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”