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SC: Ban Sex Offenders from State Parks

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palmettoscoop.com: No sex offenders in state parks?

Registered sex offenders will no longer be allowed to enter South Carolina’s state parks if lawmakers have their way.

State Rep. Chip Limehouse (R-Charleston) offered a bill last week that would ban sex offenders from parks, something he said was a response to the highly-publicized a response to the rape and murder of 17-year-old California girl. Limehouse said park-goers are vulnerable in rural areas where there is little law enforcement. The legislation currently has 39 co-sponsors.

Not only is this a constitutional violation of the rights of citizens, but it is also impossible to enforce. If you live in South Carolina, call this idiot (and the co-sponsors) to tell them to knock it off.
Bill -H. 4774: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess118_2009-2010/bills/4774.htm

Sponsors: Reps. Limehouse, Brantley, Simrill, Miller, McEachern, Sottile, Vick, Hayes, Knight, H.B. Brown, Hutto, Anthony, Bowen, R.L. Brown, Crawford, Daning, Hamilton, Horne, Jefferson, Littlejohn, Long, Lowe, Mack, Millwood, Mitchell, D.C. Moss, Nanney, Parker, M.A. Pitts, Rice, Sandifer, G.R. Smith, Stringer, Toole, Umphlett, Whipper, Willis, Wylie and A.D. Young
Document Path: l:\council\bills\ms\7739ahb10.docx

Bill Text:
“TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 23-3-537 SO TO PROHIBIT A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FROM ENTERING OR REMAINING IN A STATE PARK OR FACILITY UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY; TO AMEND SECTION 51-3-70, RELATING TO RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR STATE PARKS, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM TO ESTABLISH POLICIES FOR POSTING INFORMATION REGARDING UNSOLVED ATTACKS THAT OCCUR IN THE STATE PARKS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 51-3-145, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO CERTAIN ACTS WHICH ARE UNLAWFUL AT STATE PARKS, SO AS TO INCLUDE ENTERING A STATE PARK IF THE PERSON IS A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER. “

KS: If You Visit a Prostitute, Your’e a Sex Offender

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kansascity.com: Kansas ponders adding prostitutes’ customers to sex offender list.

Topeka- A bill passed by the Kansas House on Wednesday would land people convicted of hiring a prostitute on the state’s sex offender list for 10 years.

Many states, including Kansas, already require sex offender registration for those soliciting minors. Some states, such as California, give judges the discretion to require registration in solicitation cases. But adding solicitation to the crimes requiring offender registration would be a significant expansion of the offender registry, critics said.

Slattery’s amendment passed the House easily, but it’s likely to run into trouble in the Senate. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Tim Owens, an Overland Park Republican, worries that adding solicitation to the list of crimes requiring registration goes too far. “We’ve expanded it more and more and more,” Owens said. “It diminishes the impact. How far do we go?”

We are all for adding groups of citizens to online registries. This will join drunk driving, animal abuse, sex offenses, murders, gun crimes, child abuse and more as crimes deemed by our governments to be publicly shamed online. The more , the merrier. We have already diluted sex offender registries with almost one million offenders; most of whom pose little or no threat to anyone. With the online registries promulgating like this, they only become the butt of jokes, which will eventually kill them altogether.

TN: Ban Sex Offender Parents From Afterschool Sports

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TNreport.com: Bill bans registered sex offenders from after-school events.

Registered sex offenders who are parents or legal guardians of school children will be barred from school events like ballgames and will be required to receive written permission before entering school grounds, under a bill sponsored by Sen. Tim Barnes of Adams and Rep. Phillip Johnson of Pegram.

“Registered sex offenders have no business going to after-school events, and they shouldn’t be anywhere near a school without a principal’s knowledge,” Barnes said. “Parents and teachers should know that their children are learning and playing in a safe environment.” The House and Senate are scheduled to vote on the bill Monday evening.

The bill (SB2988/HB3263) bans parents and legal guardians who are registered sexual offenders from their children’s school events like plays and ballgames. Those individuals will have to obtain written permission from a school principal or administrator before attending conferences, and provide written notice of their status upon their child’s enrollment in order to drop off or pick up their child. Current law allows such parents to do all of the above without written permission or notice. Violation of the proposed law would result in a fine. Monetary penalties for violations of current sex offender restrictions range from $350 to $1,100.

Parents in Tennessee should contact these two idiots to explain to them that parents on a sex offender registry are “parents” too – and are entitled to the same rights as any other parent to support and watch their children play and grow up ! Just because they may have made a horrible mistake, often decades ago, does not prevent them from being outstanding parents.

Child Abuse (Not Sex Offender) Registry Coming

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salon.com: Do we need a child abuse registry? – Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for a national database to track child abuse offenders.

Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is pushing for a national registry of child abusers. “Track child beaters like we do sex offenders,” blares one headline. It sounds like a righteous idea, at first glance. But although it may look like a huge step, and is certainly being announced as such, ultimately it will only make it easier for people to find out what other people already know.

Registries for child abuse already exist, on the state level, though federal law doesn’t mandate that states keep them. A key factor in the national registry — which was authorized in 2006, but which has not yet been put into place (an extensive feasibility report was published in May 2009) — is that it would centralize the information and allow child protective services easier access to it when abusers cross state lines.

Schumer compared the national registry for child abusers to registries for sex offenders. But that begins to make clear some of the potential shortfalls of the system: For one, tracking sex offenders is only one of the ways we work to prevent repeat crimes, and it doesn’t always work. And, just as in the case of the sex offender registry, this system would only work to track abusers who have been reported — which seems like a point so obvious it’s not worth bringing up, until you think about how under-reported child abuse actually is.

We are all for adding groups of citizens to online registries. Child abuse will join drunk driving, animal abuse, sex offenses, murders, gun crimes and more as crimes deemed by our governments to be publicly shamed online. The more , the merrier. We have already diluted sex offender registries with almost one million offenders; most of whom pose little or no threat to anyone. With the online registries promulgating like this, they only become the butt of jokes, which will eventually kill them altogether.

Vigilante Launches Sex Offender Magazine

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theindychannel.com: Vigilante Launches Sex Offender Magazine.

A monthly magazine that features Indiana sex offenders is part of a personal mission for a man who was a victim of abuse. The magazine is now offered in 55 Speedway stores in the Indianapolis area.

The publisher, who only wants to be identified as Ryan, designed the magazine and pays for all the printing costs, 6News’ Tanya Spencer reported.

“I don’t think the registry (online) is in your face enough,” said Ryan. The magazine has pictures of convicted sex offenders and outlines the charges against them. With more than 2,000 sexual predators in Indianapolis and new offenders being released from jail frequently, the featured pictures will change each month.

Ryan insisted that publishing the information is fair game because it’s already online and public domain anyway. He argued that the high recidivism rate of sexual abuse warrants the scrutiny and that his endeavor will be a success if it prevents one child from going through what he did. The magazine is currently only offered in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, but Ryan hopes to expand to other cities.

Courts around the nation should see this increasing vigilantism as a result of their refusal to rule these registries as “punitive”. This man, understandably afraid to reveal his true name, is using his own dysfunctional psyche to further harass individuals who are already being publicly shamed via online sex offender registries. What he is doing is borderline illegal according to most local sheriff department guidelines regarding distribution of sex offender information. Hopefully, one or more of these offenders will sue him, or he will be arrested and charged with illegal dissemination of sex offender registry information to the public.

Not only this, but he even spouts the typically false recidivism rate mantra. US Department of Justice statistics report that sex offender recidivism is around 5 %.