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December 17, 2009

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VDog

Insane registry laws and restrictions did not prevent the perverts, Philip Garrido AND HIS WIFE from doing what they did! The registry laws, and especially the residency / work place restrictions, have done far more harm than good. Forget about all the cases of vigilantism and suicide; forget about the fact that while these laws are proposed to protect the children, they include children, while a huge percentage of those on the list committed crimes that had nothing to do with children; forget about the fact that study after study, including the one done by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, has proven these laws not only are ineffective, but have actually made matters worse. Forget about the fact that upon release from custody, sex offenders have one of the lowest recidivism rates, not the highest. In fact those who receive counseling and treatment have outstanding records versus those convicted of other violent crimes! The fact is the registry and any restrictions should be limited to those who are proven child molesters and pedophiles; that Law Enforcement could handle and monitor effectively. Do you seriously believe a committed pedophile cannot walk or drive 500, 1000, 2500, 5000 feet or more? Jaycee Lee Dugard was abducted miles from where Philip Garrido lived!

I am sure we will see comments from hysterical, uninformed individual(s) who will suggest that all those on the registry should be locked up for life or worse and say there is no rehabilitation for these people. And for a few they are right, we need to focus on those! Once a person has served their time, that should be it. That is the foundation of this great country and its legal system. Don’t like it, move to China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, or wherever individual rights are ignored. If a person is a pedophile, lock them up for a long time and provide treatment. Treatment not working, keep them locked up. Many families are being destroyed for political expediency; children of those on the registry are being abused and ostracized at school. Whole families are forced into isolation and restricted from the work place. If the registry is to truly protect the children, then let’s focus on the pedophiles and child molesters’. Get rid of the residency/work place restrictions, focus on the loitering laws. Let the rest on the registry re-assimilate into society after they have done their time, become solid, productive citizens; part of the solution not the problem. The facts, (and the Garrido case) as well as virtually all of the research, and study after study have proven what we are doing now, mostly for political expediency and to appease hysterical uninformed parents is not working and is in fact making matters worse!

VDog

With regard too the Sexual Offender Registration laws, the public dissemination of public information in such a way as to guarantee public humiliation, loss of privacy, reckless endangerment and threat of harm (even extinction), risk and humiliation of innocent family members and fellow employees and destruction of innocent children’s lives, has been ruled permissible by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)… However, the raping of individuals rights to residency, protection from banishment, right to affordable housing, restrictions on gainful employment, restraints against freedom of movement and lawful assembly, destruction of ability to assimilate into society, restrictions from access to public services and facilities, and general banishment from society, even retroactively after conviction and/or after a person has served their sentence, has yet to be ruled on. Please ACLU and others, please give the SCOTUS the opportunity to unconstitutionally screw up that ruling too.

TexasTraveler

What I have witnessed first-hand, working with families, is beyond cruel and inhumane punishment. A guy turned 18 and broke up with his 16 year-old girlfriend. She alleges rape, he has a public offender for an attorney, and for the rest of his life he and his wife and children suffer the consequences. This occurred over 20 years ago, and he is still on the registry in TX. His home state, where he was convicted 20 years ago, has removed his name from the registry. From state to state, the laws do not agree.

The man is obviously not a pedophile or he would have committed another perverted crime over the past 20 years.

He cannot obtain gainful employment to care for his family. Every where they move, the community is informed of a SEX OFFENDER moving in. No one knows that the alleged crime was 20 years ago, when he turned 18. The children are "marked" as the kids of the pedophile, and they live in hell.

This is not why we have the registry and now we have a child who is unable to read and unable to comprehend what is read to him, and by plea deal, he is a convicted sex offender.

He has not committed a crime and this case would have fallen to shreds in any real court of law; but kids in foster care do not have a chance in hell when their "parent" is the state.

WARNING:
Young Men, Listen Up: If you are 18 stay away from 17 year-old girls! The risks of ruining your life are too great.

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