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John Stossel: Sex Offender Registry is No Help

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John Stossel’s Take (blogs.abcnews.com) : Sex Offender Registry No Help to Jaycee Dugard.

Today the New York Times gets something right!

“registries of sex offenders have grown sophisticated and accessible in recent years, a response to high-profile attacks on children. People can search their neighborhoods for former convicts on state-run Web sites, sign up for private services that alert them if an offender moves nearby, even download an iPhone application.”

Yet there is little evidence that sex offender registries actually deter sex offenders from committing new crimes. The Times questions the wisdom of such registries in light of the allegations that registered sex offender Phillip Garrido held young Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years … all while punctually reporting to the sex offender registry.

If anything, Mr. Garrido was getting far more attention than the average offender listed on a state registry. For years and until his arrest last week, he was on parole from the earlier kidnapping and rape in Nevada, and, California authorities said, met several times a month with a parole officer and wore a GPS device that tracked his whereabouts.

Meanwhile, many on the sex offender registries are not kidnappers or rapists. As I’ve reported before, many are kids who had consensual sex with a 16-year old girlfriend. They then spend the rest of their lives on a sex offender registry with the likes of rapists like Phillip Garrido. One victim of the registries told me, ” basically what they do to you is brand you for life.”

The Times adds:

The sheer numbers of sex offenders on the registries in all 50 states — an estimated 674,000 across the country — are overwhelming to local police departments and, at times, to the public, who may not easily distinguish between those who must register because they have repeatedly raped children and those convicted of nonviolent or less serious crimes...

Sex offender registries, like so many of the products of Big Government, actively ruin lives. And of course registries did nothing to rescue Jaycee Dugard.


Stimulus Funds to Relocate Sex Offenders

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examiner.com : Federal funds to help homeless sex offenders living under Miami bridge.

Before you decide who to get mad at, realize this fact:
You caused this problem, now you are going to pay for it.

Miami, FL –Stimulus money meant to help the homeless in Miami-Dade county may be used to help relocate homeless sex offenders living under the Julia Tuttle Causeway between Miami and Miami Beach.

Most of these sex offenders were pushed out of other residential areas due to the county’s strict sex-offender residency ordinance, which prohibits sex offenders from coming within 2,500 feet of schools, public parks, and other public areas where children may be present. Existing state law provides for a 1,000’ no-entry zone, and has less types of prohibited places. The City of Miami recently filed a lawsuit seeking fines from the Department of Corrections, because a city park – Picnic Island, only accessible by boat – is within 2,500 feet of the colony.

According to the Miami Herald, a portion of the $7.5 million administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and slated for Miami-Dade County’s homeless may give the bridge colony’s residents financial assistance for up to 18 months, which could be used to help pay for rent, food, transportation, bills, and other expenses that would ordinarily be well beyond their means.

Ron Book, the chairman of Miami-Dade’s Homeless Trust, has been leading efforts to place the residents in appropriate housing since the story first broke. Thanks to national media attention brought on by a series of news reports, Miami-Dade County has been locked in a battle against the State’s Department of Corrections, who actually placed these sex offenders under this bridge. Someplace where they could be monitored was better than roaming the streets with no actual location. Even the Motor Vehicles department issued ID cards listing the Julia Tuttle Causeway as their legitimate address.

Though the efforts of Book and others, the number of sex offenders still living under the bridge has dropped by nearly half, but about 49 still live in boxes, cars and tents. Many are refusing to leave, fearing that when the money runs out, they will again be back on the streets, and may possibly face violation of their parole or probation reporting requirements. The federal funds, while providing assistance for 18 months, must be recertified every 90 days.

Sex Offender Banned from Attending College

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wsoctv.com : Sex Offender Takes Concerns About New Law To Legislator.

Gastonia, N.C. – Kristy Hammonds is a sex offender who was told this week that she would be arrested if she returned to Wilkes Community College. A new addition to the Jessica Lunsford Act makes it illegal for sex offenders to go the college where high school students take some classes.

“If I were a murderer or rapist, I could go to college. But people like me can’t go to college,” she said.

Three years ago, Hammonds pleaded no contest to misdemeanor sexual battery of 14-year-old. She then made headlines as one of the Conover Domino’s workers who did strange thing with pizza dough and posted video of it online.

“My civil rights are broken so someone is going to have to pay for that,” she said. “I have to provide a future for a baby.” So Wednesday she grabbed her daughter and left her Taylorsville home to head to the Gastonia office of Senator David Hoyle, the sponsor of Jessica’s Law. When she got no answer at the office, she called his cell phone.

“Only thing I can tell you to do is get a lawyer,” Hoyle said. “He’s telling me I should sue the school because of a law he made. I don’t think that’s right,” Hammonds responded. Eyewitness News also called Hoyle. He said the law wasn’t intended to keep people like Hammonds out of school. (Unintended consequences, I suppose, eh?)

“Any law was pass, none of them are perfect,” he said. He said he is only responsible for passing the law, not enforcing it.

“If it’s justifiable it needs to be changed, yes sir we’ll change it,” Hoyle said. The General Assembly won’t meet until May, however.

We encourage all readers to contact this idiot, Senator David Hoyle in order to, as Kristy aptly stated, make him pay for her loss of civil liberties.
Office: 300-A Legislative Office Building, Phone: (919) 733-5734, Email: David.Hoyle@ncleg.net