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When is some organization going to step up and help get this into FEDERAL court? These laws are unconstitutional on MANY ASPECTS.... So if the constitution means nothing, then we are truly a communist country now... So much for "liberty and justice for all!" What a joke!!!
By District 7 Representative David Ralston
The Georgia House of Representatives approved a bill last week which will reinstate residency restrictions on convicted sex offenders in Georgia.
House Bill 908, which I introduced and which was co-sponsored by House Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons), was a response to a decision by the Georgia Supreme Court in November.
In 2006, Georgia enacted one of the toughest laws in the nation (yeah, yeah, everybody says this!) on sex offenders and sexual predators. That law increased penalties for those convicted of sexual abuse of children and set up restrictions preventing these same people from living and working within 1,000 feet of a child care facility, church, school, or other specified areas where minors congregate.
- Most BS! You say for those convicted of sexual abuse of children, but this law affects ALL SEX OFFENDERS, and not all have had anything to do with children. STOP YOUR BS SIR!!!
This law was passed to prevent a tragedy such as the Jessica Lunsford case in Florida from occurring in Georgia. Other states have moved to pass similar laws, many of which are modeled after Georgia’s.
- You remember Christopher Barrios? His father is a sex offender, and these very residency laws forced him to move and live near other sex offenders, who killed his son, so nothing you pass with prevent someone who is intent on committing a crime from doing so, this is more of corrupt politicians, who are not obeying the oath to uphold the constitution, which they lied to get into office. No matter how many laws you pass, none will protect anyone...
In November, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a ruling which upheld the constitutionality of the work restrictions, but struck down the residency restrictions. The Court’s basis for its decision focused on one specific scenario: the case in which an offender moves into a non-restricted area first, purchases a home and then a child care facility, church, school or similar facility later locates within the restricted zone.
Without new legislation, the effect of the ruling is to leave Georgia with no residency restrictions because of this one concern.
- When are you going to listen to experts that residency restrictions will not do anything? Offenders are banished out into the country where they sleep, but during the day, they can go anywhere they please. This is nothing but a forced exodus, which the Nazis did... I guess we will continue to repeat history instead of learn from it, as long as we have idiots in office who think they know better than EXPERTS... One day, the sheeple will see the BS you people spew from your evil, corrupt mouths.... But, I fear, it will be too late then.
House Bill 908 responds to the Court’s decision by exempting offenders who move in and purchase a home first from the restrictions.
- So what about renters rights? They do have rights, and they are forced to move over and over and over again. So I guess if you are RICH and can afford a home, then you can stay. The rich are exempt while the poor suffer more and more. Typical corruption!!
In addition, the bill adds libraries to the list of protected areas and includes volunteer status on the work restrictions.
- Hell, why don't you just banish them out into the woods, and tell them they cannot leave their home ever? Same thing pretty much...
Parents and grandparents in Georgia have expressed appreciation for the protections of this law. I believe it is important to do everything possible to make sure that those convicted of crimes involving child sexual abuse have no opportunity to loiter around areas where our children go to learn and play.
- Not all sex offenders are child molesters sir, get that through your thick skull. And do you even know what the definition of loitering is? Click the link and find out..
Without this bill, Georgia is in danger of becoming a “safe haven” for convicted sex offenders and sexual predators. Because our law has been used as an example, many other states, including most of those which border Georgia, have adopted residency restrictions. Prompt action is required to get this legislation passed and sent to the governor.
- Yeah, yeah, more BS fear-mongering... SEX OFFENDERS HAVE BEEN AROUND SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME, AND NOTHING ABOUT THESE LAWS ARE GOING TO PREVENT FURTHER CRIMES.... It's nothing but a "false sense" of security (i.e. placebo). When will people ever realize no matter how tough on crime, all the zero tolerance, all the registries in the world will not prevent a murderer from murdering, a thief from stealing, a dealer from dealing, a user from using, a rapist from raping....accusations on any sex crime, child abuse, or domestic violence will literally nail your butt to the wall! No DNA has to be present, No violence has to be present..... HEARSAY ALONE IS LITERALLY NAILING THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO THE WALL BECAUSE THESE LAWS ARE BIASED.
I am pleased with the overwhelming vote of support in the State House for House Bill 908. It is my hope that the State Senate will take this bill up soon and give it the same kind of strong support.
- And you can bet it will continue to be fought in court, thus wasting millions of tax payers money, and will continue to be fought until it's fixed to obey the constitution, which you said you would uphold... Guess that was another lie???
Please let me hear your thoughts and opinions. You may phone me at (404)656-5943 or contact me by e-mail at email@example.com.
- I have personally contacted you sir, and you have never responded back to me or anyone else who I know has emailed you. So do you really want to hear from us??? Apparently not, so you lied again...
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
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Further proof the public cannot handle the sex offender registries and knowing a sex offender is near by.
Colona, QUAD CITIES -- Three people are behind bars in Henry County, charged with involuntary manslaughter, accused of beating a registered sex offender as revenge for domestic violence against his girlfriend.
Police say it started Friday night, when 39-year old Shane McFalls and his girlfriend got into a fight at the American Legion in Colona.
''One wanted to go home, the other one didn't, and they ended up getting into a physical confrontation'', said Colona Police Chief Tim Krebs.
The girlfriend returned to the Legion a short time later, battered and crying, and told her friends that McFalls had beaten her up. Police say her friends then took matters into thier own hands.
Investigators say Joshua Martin, James Kelly, and his sister, Brandy Kelly went to McFalls' house to even the score.
''What we're looking at in this case, is more of a retribution type thing, domestic battery that occured between the two parties, and friends wanting to get even'', Krebs said.
Court documents say the trio went to McFall's house, and beat him, tackled him, held him down and kicked him in the head.
McFalls, a registered sex offender who spent time in prison for molesting a 7-year old girl, was found dead, by the girlfriend, who had returned to the house the next day.
Illinois State Police and the Henry County Sheriff's Department helped with the investigation. It's the first homicide in Colona in 15 years.
Both Kelly's and Martin are being held in the Henry County Jail.
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SO IF YOU HAVE NOT FILED A COMPLAINT ABOUT YOUR CLASSIFICATION, DO SO ASAP!!!!!!
CLEVELAND — A federal judge has extended the deadline for sex offenders to challenge their reclassification under a law that took effect this year.
U.S. District Judge Patricia Gaughan also stayed the law’s community notification provision for those who weren’t subject to it under the old law.
Under the Adam Walsh Act, offenders are automatically classified in one of three tiers by their crime without considering the likelihood of re-offending.
- You can see this new tier system here.
Gaughan made the rulings in a class action lawsuit filed by sex offenders who say the law denies them their constitutional right because their classification can be changed without a hearing.
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A former Hancock County sheriff's deputy is going to jail for one year after sexually assaulting a woman.
Mark Smith called the assault "a very foolish mistake" during his sentencing Wednesday in Hancock County Circuit Court.
Smith was in his sheriff's department cruiser in December 2006 when he stopped the car of a strip club dancer on her way home. He told get in and he then drove to a nearby cemetery where the abuse occurred.
Smith pleaded no contest last month to second-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to the maximum time in jail. He'll report February 15th and will have to register as a sex offender once he's released.
Smith apologized to his family during the sentencing, but not to the victim. He initially told investigators the contact was consensual, but the victim said Smith told her he would charge her with drunk driving if she didn't cooperate.
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The 2008 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly has definitely gotten off to a busy start. In just three weeks of floor action and committee meetings in the House of Representatives, we have already adopted a statewide water management plan, strengthened our sex offender laws, expanded the rights of gun owners, enacted tough new penalties for those engaged in dog fighting and given consumers a new tool to protect their identity. All of these matters are now in the Senate for their consideration.
In our first week, we took a giant step toward a balanced, long-term statewide water management plan. House Resolution 1022 would ratify the plan as prepared by the Water Council and was passed by the House Natural Resources Committee. The plan, adopted by the House by a vote of 131 to 37, will create regional water councils and provide for our long term water needs.
Protecting our children continues to be of great concern to me and that is why I supported the passage of House Bill 908. This year, we have expanded that restriction to include public libraries and also added a 1,000-foot restriction on places where convicted sex offenders can volunteer.
- And yet it does nothing to protect anybody, but is nothing but a placebo.
We adopted a measure last year expanding the second amendment rights of our citizens to allow licensed gun owners with a permit to carry a concealed weapon to carry their guns anywhere in their vehicle. That measure stalled in the Senate but an amended version was finally adopted. The House made further amendments that also allow those same gun owners to carry their concealed weapons in parks, historic sites, and recreational areas. I do want to point out that this measure only applies to those individuals who are licensed by the state to carry a concealed weapon.
Dog fighting has been a hot news item lately and in Georgia, our laws have been too lenient on those parties involved in this brutal and inhumane activity. House Bill 301 adds further criminal penalties for those individuals transporting dogs for fights, owning or selling dogs to fight, betting on dog fights, or attending dog fights. It is important to note that while this bill is aimed at those who maliciously participate in dog fighting, this legislation will not have any impact on hunters or those who train dogs to hunt.
In this age of identity theft, providing consumers the tools necessary to protect their credit is important. I fully support House Bill 130 which allows consumers to put a "freeze" on their credit report. With this freeze in place, would-be identity thieves are unable to receive credit in the consumer's name. I hope that once this legislation is signed by the Governor, every Georgian takes advantage of this simple protective measure.
I will continue to keep you up to date on our actions as the legislative session progresses. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at my Capitol officeat 404-656-7855. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
- Many people have contacted you, and you have not responded to anybody. So are you really interested to hear from us, or only if it furthers your agenda?
(Representative Mickey Channell may be contacted at: 401 State Capitol; Atlanta, GA 30334. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The Porter County Sheriff's Department will now charge an annual $50 fee for every sex offender listed on the department's registry Web site.
Porter County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance to establish a "sex and violent offender administration fund" during Tuesday's meeting.
- What about a criminal fund for all other criminals?
"(This fund) is something that's all over the state of Indiana," said Commissioner Robert Harper.
Last year, the state legislature passed a bill establishing fees to go toward the state's sex and violent offenders administration fund, County Attorney Gwenn Rinkenberger said.
Offenders will pay an annual $50 fee. Also, there is a $5 fee for every change of address.
The collected fees will go toward the department's registration work, maintenance of the offender registry Web site and "education and equipment for sheriff's personnel as it relates to the registration of sex and violent offenders," the ordinance states.
The sheriff's department must transfer 10 percent of the fees generated to the state's treasurer's office, which deposits the fees into the state's sex offender administration fund.
The rest of the 90 percent of fees collected goes directly into the county sheriff's administration fund.
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Yep, just what I've been saying for over a year now. The Police State is coming, and YOUR rights will be violated soon, mark my words on it. Just open your eyes, watch the news, and pay attention... WAKE UP AMERICA!!!
With the economy going well and President Bush going badly, Washington state House Republicans needed an issue to campaign on two years ago. They picked portraying Democrats as too tolerant of sex predators. The bogus charges poisoned relationships between Republicans and Democrats.
It also didn't work. House Republicans lost seats in the 2006 elections.
It's an election year again. And even though Republicans weren't effective last time with their Dems-are-soft-on-crime smear, Democrats aren't taking chances. Unfortunately, their approach to crime fighting is more fitting a police state than a state that boasts robust civil liberties.
The Democratic-controlled Legislature is considering authorizing sobriety checkpoints, collecting DNA from more misdemeanants, and creating new crimes related to child pornography and pedophilia on the Internet.
Taken one by one, the proposals seem worthy of debate. Taken together, it feels like a pell-mell rush to get the upper hand in an election year - constitutional concerns be damned.
Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire (Contact) requested legislation to allow police to block roads and question every driver that comes along. This raises constitutional questions about suspicionless searches.
House Bill 2713, also requested by Gregoire, would expand the number of offenders whose DNA would be kept on file. One rationale for collecting DNA from people convicted of animal cruelty or misdemeanor assault is that those crimes foreshadow more serious offenses.
But collecting DNA is not just a benign law-enforcement tool. It's a form of punishment. And meting out punishment based on what someone might do in the future also raises legal issues.
Another bill would make viewing child pornography on the Internet a separate crime. Yet another would criminalise posting material that could be construed as promoting pedophilia.
There already are laws against possession of child pornography and pedophiles who act. The Legislature contemplates broadening state powers to imprison people for what they see - even inadvertently - and express on the Internet.
Lawmakers should make sure cities and counties have enough resources to patrol streets and prosecute offenders before they turn to testing constitutional boundaries.
We wonder where this will lead. Two Republican senators proposed collecting DNA from every person arrested on suspicion of a gross misdemeanor. No conviction necessary.
Their bill hasn't received a hearing in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. But will what seems excessive now be extreme in the next election year?
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Parents, since the beginning of time, have faced the challenge of how best to free their children to explore the world while shielding them from harm.
Hold on too tightly and send the message that life is a completely terrifying proposition. Loosen the reins and risk the chance that the worst may happen.
Where's the balance?
Not one of us knows for certain.
Child-rearing experts have plenty of advice, but there are no guarantees because potential threats can lie anywhere.
That's just the way it is.
Mothers and fathers and other caretakers do the best they can, use due prudence and still things can go terribly wrong.
No one need look further than to the recent alleged sexual assault on a 6-year-old boy in a New Bedford public library while his mother was using a nearby computer.
If children cannot be guaranteed safety in such places, then where?
"Nowhere" may be the discouraging reply. One immediate impact of this recent report: Innocent but solitary male library patrons everywhere may, in the short term, be caught in the broad-brush of suspicion. Every report of harm to someone else's child heightens our own terrors.
New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang called Monday for new legislation to make libraries, schools and playgrounds off-limits to serious sex offenders.The law would create "buffer safety zones" aimed at protecting children.
- And yet these "buffer zones" will not work and are just a placebo... No matter how many laws you pass, nobody is 100% protected.
But even the tightest and best-intentioned laws will never fully protect us at all times.
The high-level sex offender accused of raping the child had been released from prison over objection of prosecutors for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old boy at a South Attleboro foster home in 2000, the Sun Chronicle reported last week. The fresh accusation has ignited argument over the court's decision - and has frightened parents.
Statistics, however, show that most assaults are perpetrated by people known to the victim. The biggest myth, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, is that all dangers to children come from strangers.
Not so. In the majority of cases the perpetrators are people parents/guardians or children know, and these people may be in a position of trust or responsibility to a child and family.
This is no consolation.
It is, however, a reminder that parents can only talk to their children, caution them as best they can and somehow hold them close while letting them go knowing - unfortunately - that there are no certainties.
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TEMPE -- A Tempe police officer posted explicit images of his ex-girlfriend for sale on eBay after she refused to have sex with him, court documents show.
Tempe police said Officer Curtis Baumgarth's former live-in girlfriend contacted them Jan. 30 and reported that Baumgarth, 39, had been harassing her since October via phone and e-mail.
Police said the harassment mostly took the form of text message threats and had escalated recently. According to court paperwork, Baumgarth sent the woman more than 115 text messages between Jan. 3 and Jan. 28.
Baumgarth threatened to post pictures of his ex-girlfriend having sex with him on the Internet if she lied to him or refused to perform sexual favors, then offered the pictures for sale on eBay when she refused to comply, court documents show.
He also told the woman he had run criminal histories on her male acquaintances, according to police.
Baumgarth was arrested Tuesday at a Tempe police substation on charges of computer tampering to threaten and obtain confidential information, and obtaining an unauthorized criminal history.
Baumgarth was hired as a Tempe police officer in 1994 and promoted to sergeant in 1999, according to KTAR-FM. He was demoted to an officer in 2005 for failing to perform essential duties of a police sergeant.
According to authorities, since 2005, he has received two oral reprimands for failure to appear at a traffic court hearing and failure to impound found property.
Baumgarth has been on light duty for approximately one year due to work injury, KTAR reported.
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All right. So the Daily Dog Bowl ain’t so daily. In my defense, it was press day and, well, I was pressed for time. I’m sure this will happen again. I’m a slacker at heart.
ABC News reports that some residents of Folly Beach are reporting strange encounters with homeless people. No, not romantic liaisons behind the dumpster for a bottle of Mad Dog. Nope. Although there was at least one a scrub-a-dub-dub time encounter in the shower of an occupied house and, get this, a so-strange-it-must-be-true confrontation with a homeless vagrant who had set up camp on the top steps on another unoccupied unit. Scary.
Perhaps you didn’t know this: Even if you get a flu vaccine, you still might get the flu. Live 5 drops the science.
How do you spot a gang member? Sheriff deputies in Georgetown are teaching teachers on how to spot this elusive species. WCBD-TV 2 reports.
Is drug testing state legislators a good idea? Sure, at the very least to make them suffer the indignity of being forced to piss in a cup while Nurse Ratchet watches. (Can we throw in a prostate exam in there too?) For Sen. Harvey Peeler it’s a swell idea, according to the AP report. (Swell? Prostate? How did that happen?)
Look, we know why kids are so cute. No need to explain that. But, goshdarnit, why is it that some of them go all Lou Ferigno from time to time. The P&C has the answers in this hard-hitting investigative report — if by hard-hitting investigative report you mean a research paper that any downtown Chucktown 10th grader could have written after watching episodes of The Wire, listening to NWA, and, well, walking around the neighborhood. There’s nothing to see here, folks. Move along. Move along. (Amazingly, a heated discussion about NASCAR jackets erupts on the message board for this story.)
Did you know that there may be a sex offender within ONE MILE of a bus stop? Yes, as close as a ONE MILE radius? Thanks, Live 5 for further encouraging parents to shackle their children inside to their home to their Wiis and DVD players out of fear that swarms of pedophiles are hiding behind every bush. (In unrelated news, did you know that there may be as many as three or four churches within ONE MILE of your house? Yes, as close as a ONE MILE radius? Actually, I just pulled that figure out of my ass, but you get my point, yeah.)
In broad terms, political corruption is when government officials use their governmental powers for illegitimate private gain. Misuse of government power for other purposes, like repression of political opponents and general police brutality, is not considered political corruption. Illegal acts by private persons or corporations not directly involved with the government is not considered political corruption either.
All forms of government are susceptible to political corruption. Forms of corruption vary, but include bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft, and embezzlement. While corruption may facilitate criminal enterprise such as drug trafficking, money laundering, and trafficking, it is not restricted to these organized crime activities. In some nations corruption is so common that it is expected when ordinary businesses or citizens interact with government officials. The end-point of political corruption is a kleptocracy, literally "rule by thieves".
What constitutes illegal corruption differs depending on the country or jurisdiction. Certain political funding practices that are legal in one place may be illegal in another. In some countries, government officials have broad or not well defined powers, and the line between what is legal and illegal can be difficult to draw.Bribery around the world is estimated at about $1 trillion (£494bn) and the burden of corruption falls disproportionately on the bottom billion people living in extreme poverty.
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A Los Angeles City Council panel approved a plan Monday that would require landlords to check with the Los Angeles Police Department to see if potential tenants are listed on the Megan's Law database of registered sex offenders.
- Why, so they can be denied a place to live?
The council's Public Safety Committee urged the full council to adopt the measure and said the LAPD will provide information to landlords who call the city's 311 system about any suspicious behavior in their buildings.
The moves came even as city lawyers said requiring landlords to check the database could violate state law.
But Councilman Richard Alarc n, who suggested the measure, defended the action.
- So here is a person who is defending a law which violates the constitution in the name of "false security!" I believe that is called POLITICAL CORRUPTION!!!
"In Los Angeles there are certain areas that have a high concentration of sexual predators listed on Megan's list," Alarc n said. "The safety of our communities is the city's highest priority.
"Parents have the right to know if they are living near a sexual predator so they can take the proper precautions to protect their children."
- Uh, no they don't. Show me where in the constitution it says they have this right? If this is the case, I have the right to know if a drug dealer, gang member, DUI offender, murderer, or any other criminal lives near me as well, so where is this registry???
Representatives of two landlord organizations supported the proposal. Tara Bannister of the California Apartment Association said landlords have been looking for a tool to prevent registered sex offenders from moving into their buildings. She said several landlords have been forced to pay to relocate registered sex offenders out of their buildings.
- So if they are not rich enough to afford a home, now they cannot live in hotels or motels, so you are basically making them homeless. So I guess my first question above has been answered here. So you force them into becoming homeless vagrants, so who is safe now? NOBODY!!
Jim Clarke of the Apartment Association of Los Angeles said his group would offer to circulate any posters developed by the city to inform landlords and tenants of the effort.
The City Attorney's Office supported the city measure, even though officials noted it could conflict with state law that does not require landlords to check the criminal background of potential tenants.
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For some reason this is just now popping up on my feed reader, and I missed it some how, so I am adding it here. This is exactly why the registries should be taken offline, like they were when they WERE working. The public cannot handle the information without this occurring... I have a lot more examples of this on my blog as well.
On Easter Sunday, Stephen A. Marshall, a 20-year-old Cape Breton dishwasher visiting Maine, borrowed his father’s truck, rifle, and two handguns, shot and killed two men in two different towns, then boarded a bus to Boston, where he was approached by police and shot himself. Marshall’s motive for the murders is still unclear, but his method of selecting victims is not: He found them on Maine’s online registry of sex offenders.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia maintain Web sites providing information on convicted sex offenders who have been released from prison. States differ in how much information they provide. Maine’s registry provides users with home addresses, employment addresses, photos, and legal descriptions of the crimes that landed offenders on the registry.
The justification for maintaining such public lists rests on the presumption that sex offenders have higher recidivism rates than other criminals—though Bureau of Justice statistics indicate that rapists are substantially less likely than other violent and nonviolent criminals to be rearrested for the same crime. The psychological theory that pedophilia is a lifetime condition carries more weight with the public, but registries do not distinguish among varieties of sex offenders. As it happens, one of Marshall’s victims, 24-year-old William Elliott, was registered for the crime of having sex, at the age of 19, with a girlfriend who was two weeks shy of her 16th birthday.
You can decide for yourself whether such a man deserved to be marked for life, let alone murdered. Meanwhile, the registries create a conundrum: If the offenders are still menaces to society, why have they been released from prison? And if they are not, why is the state blocking their attempts to return to society?
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Lawmakers are considering vastly expanding the public sex offender registry to include not only more crimes like some Peeping-Tom incidents and indecent exposures, but also the names of people who've victimized adults. The public list now identifies only child molesters.
The proposed legislation, introduced in part to bring New Hampshire in line with federal requirements, would also allow the police to collect more information from offenders, including cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, online screen names and DNA if it hasn't already been collected.
- So they can get the bribe money promised to them by the corrupt government who has now stooped to bribing people to introduce laws. It's all about money.
"The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior," Earl Sweeney, assistant commissioner of the state Department of Safety, told lawmakers yesterday. "We hear a lot about people paying their debt to society. But society has a debt to law-abiding people to say we are going to protect you from the non-law-abiding."
The bill, heard yesterday by the House criminal justice committee, is the work of a bipartisan study committee that met for two years. Its goal was to help the state better evaluate and classify sexual offenders of both children and adults. Soon after the group formed, the federal government passed its own sex-offender registration bill and gave states a choice: Pass something comparable or lose 10 percent of a federal criminal justice grant.
Rep. Cynthia Dokmo (Email), an Amherst Republican and one of the bill's co-sponsors, told committee members she thinks the study group balanced what the federal authorities passed and what New Hampshire needs.
For example, the proposed legislation, like the federal law, would add some crimes to those already requiring registration, including murder during a rape, violation of privacy with a sexual element and indecent exposure. It would also categorize offenders into tiers, based on the seriousness of their crimes. The tiers would determine how long someone had to appear on the public registry.
And the proposed legislation would, for the first time, make public the names of people who commit serious sexual assaults against other adults. (The state already tracks these offenders, but that list is available only to law enforcement and includes fewer types of offenses.)
But the proposal before state lawmakers differs from the federal model, too: It would not require juveniles as young as 14 to register for life. On the other hand, it would hold other offenders to a lifetime registration who under federal law register for only 25 years.
Sweeney said the legislation would make it easier for the police to register offenders who move to New Hampshire from out of state. "If you have to register in your state, under (this bill) you'd have to register in this state," he said. Now the police sometimes have to look into the circumstances of out-of-state offenses to determine whether someone must register here.
"This isn't going to prevent a child from being molested or from a person being injured," Dokmo said. "This is just one more tool that we as parents and individuals can use. But we still need to be aware of our surroundings and to educate our children."
The proposal was not without critics yesterday. Two of them, Laurie Peterson and Jeremy Olson of Manchester, founded the group CURSOR, Citizens United to Reevaluate Sex Offender Registries.
Olson believes the proposed state law differs enough from the federal law to raise legal problems. He also faulted the proposal for leaving offenders on the private registry, even after they have been allowed to remove their names from the public list.
Peterson's complaints were personal. In 1996, her husband, Michael Peterson, was charged with seven counts of felonious sexual assault against a 15-year-old girl following a hotel party. He was convicted in 1997 and now appears on the state's sex offender registry.
Laurie Peterson has asked lawmakers several times to rewrite the registry law to exclude people like her husband. She renewed that request yesterday, saying it was an embarrassment for the couple's three young children.
"I beg you to recognize the collateral damage and unintended victims these laws leave in their wake," she said.
At least one lawmaker on the criminal justice committee sympathized with Peterson yesterday.
Rep. Timothy Robertson (Email), a Keene Democrat, said he was opposed to including "acts of passion," which he equated with statutory rape. He proposed the example of a young Marine home on leave and set up on a date with someone who looked 20 but was 14. "He shouldn't be penalized . . . because she was being patriotic and did things she shouldn't have," Robertson said.
Sex offenders must currently register with their local police departments twice a year. Under the new law, that would not change for most offenders. But those in Tier 3, which includes the most serious crimes of murder and rape, would register four times a year.
The cost of registering would go from $34 a year to $50. Local agencies would keep $10 of that, and the rest would go to the state.
The state Department of Safety estimates the proposed legislation would cost the state at least $100,000 the first year to update computer software and add an employee to handle the new registration requirements.
The bill was assigned to a subcommittee yesterday for further discussion.
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BREESPORT - The Breesport Neighborhood Watch met again Tuesday to discuss additional security measures that will monitor convicted sex offenders living in Chemung County.
Residents and county officials came together to discuss new legislation that would help keep sex offenders away from children, and monitor what they're doing on-line.
County Executive Tom Santulli presented the Chemung County residency restriction proposal. Residents say they're anxious for the bill to become law. They want to know sex offenders whereabouts, on the streets, and on-line.
"Our goal is very simple,” said Santulli. “It is to create a law that provides protection for young people that respects the rights sexual offenders do have under the Constitution, to make sure we don't do things that cause this to be overturned and it really is just in the best interest of the public.”
“We're not out to make anybody move.” Said Beth Ann Hyde of the Breesport Neighborhood Watch. “ I don’t' want to make anyone leave their homes or not allow them to attend their children’s functions, but we are out to protect our families.”
Parents say they're happy something is finally being done to track sex offenders.
"I want to know what we can do. I don't want them around my daycare children or my own child," said Elmira resident Lisa Melons.
The bill will include legislation banning sex offenders from coming within 500 feet of areas like parks and playgrounds. The bill will go before the legislature in the next few weeks.
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Yep, the stupidity keeps spreading across this country! Stupid laws which will do nothing to protect anybody. When sex offenders are asleep, so are children, and when day light comes, they can go where ever they want, so how does forcing them to live out in the woods protect anybody?
CAYCE (WIS) - A new law against sex offenders goes into affect Tuesday night in the city of Cayce. Just like Lexington did in January, Cayce passed a law restricting where sex offenders can live.
"I'm not a child molester. They should be focusing on child molesters," says one registered sex offender and a resident of Cayce.
"I was sentenced in '84. I did my time."
He was convicted of criminal sexual conduct, but says his sex crime didn't involve a child.
Nonetheless, he'll be punished under a new law passed by Cayce City Council Tuesday night. The new law forces sex offenders to live more than a mile away from places that children gather. That includes parks, schools, day cares, and even churches.
- Again with the word "punished!" Everyone else knows it is punishment, so why can't the people making and passing these laws admit it's punishment? Because then the unconstitutional ex post facto laws would be shot down, that is why, and they want to look good so you continue to be sheeple and vote for these idiots!
Our interviewee and the 11 other registered sex offenders in Cayce will be grandfathered in. That means he won't have to move, but if he chooses to move again within town, he'll be restricted. He says, "I feel like it's a violation of my civil rights actually."
- It is, these idiots just don't care about anybodies civil rights, and took an oath to uphold to Constitution, which they apparently lied about and are not doing.
Cayce Councilman James Jenkins says, "I don't think it's an attack on his civil liberties because I'm thinking of the kids and stuff."
- Ok, you can still think about the "kids and stuff" but you need to also think about the "constitution and stuff" as well.
Jenkins and the council passed the law unanimously.
- Of course they did, if they didn't they would lose millions of grant (bribe) money, and they don't want that. So they pass these laws, which will not work, to get the money, and so the sheeple think they are actually doing something.
"I won't have a problem with what they're trying to do with child molesters," says the sex offender, but he doesn't see why he should be punished as well.
"There's a difference in child molesters," he says, "and sex offense. Do the homework on it."
- They don't care about the facts or what experts say, that is obvious! They think they know better than anybody else.
Council members didn't see it that way. Jenkins says, "Well, that itself, sex itself made that broad, I didn't do it, sex itself made that broad, it causes you to think that way, because you saying you're trying to eliminate one, well what you need to do is put it all in the same, everybody in the same context."
- WTF!! This council member needs to learn to speak English. What the hell are they talking about?
The new law takes effect immediately.