Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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It's basically a bribe! You comply, or we won't give you any grant money!
Congress passed the Adam Walsh Act, a federal law that requires states to include children as young as age 14 on registries — often for the rest of their lives — in an attempt to protect our children from sexual violence.
But the Adam Walsh Act won’t keep our children safe. Instead, this law will consume valuable law enforcement resources, needlessly target children and families, and undermine the very purpose of the juvenile justice system. Thankfully, states can opt out of compliance with this law, and make smart investments in programs and policies that will actually protect our children and our communities.
The Adam Walsh Act explained
Enacted by Congress in 2006, the Adam Walsh Act (AWA) requires that states participate in a national sex offender registry and establishes comprehensive minimum standards for registration and community notification. The AWA explicitly requires lifetime registration of children for certain offenses. States that choose to comply with the requirements of the AWA risk losing a percentage of federal funding. But states will have to pay far more to implement the Adam Walsh Act than they will receive in federal funds. Sex offender registries have existed for decades, but before the Adam Walsh Act, none placed such an enormous fiscal burden on state budgets or specifically targeted children for inclusion on a national, public registry. Among other measures, the Adam Walsh Act does the following:
- Requires the registration of children who are age 14 or older for certain offenses
- Increases the number of offenses for which an individual must register
- Requires people to provide more extensive registration information, including photos
- Expands the amount of information available to the public regarding people on the registry
- Makes the registry retroactive — under certain conditions, individuals convicted of sex offenses prior to the AWA’s passage will be required to register even though the Act was not in effect at the time of their conviction
- Requires states to criminalize a failure to register and provide a criminal penalty for a “maximum term of imprisonment greater than one year”
The AWA also establishes the federal Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) Office to set guidelines for registering people convicted of sex offenses, develop software for the registry, and assist state, local and tribal governments in implementing their registries. The SMART Office also helps states enact registry provisions that are far more restrictive than those required by AWA. A communication from SMART makes this clear: “jurisdictions should consider AWA minimum requirements as a floor, not a ceiling. Jurisdictions are free to implement regulations that are stricter than what AWA requires.”
The Adam Walsh Act requires states to comply with these requirements by 2009. If state’s fail to do so they will lose 10 percent of their Byrne Grant funds.
The Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Grant Program (Byrne Formula Grant Program) is a federal program established by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 that awards grants to state and local governments for “personnel, equipment, training, technical assistance, and information systems for more widespread apprehension, prosecution, adjudication, detention, and rehabilitation of offenders who violate such state and local laws.” In the past, Byrne grants have funded questionable crime fighting tactics like drug task forces and SWAT-style raids.
OH - Sex offender told to move: North Ridgeville files injunction saying man lives in limits of school
By MORNING JOURNAL STAFF - news@MorningJournal.com
NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city of North Ridgeville wants a 36-year-old registered sex offender to move because he lives within 1,000 feet of a school, according to an injunction filed yesterday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.
________, was convicted of importuning and is registered as a Tier 1 sex offender, the lowest level, with the Lorain County Sheriff's Office, the suit said. His residence is located 902 1/2 feet from Wilcox Elementary School, though he is required by law to live more than 1,000 feet away from any schools, according to the suit.
Neidert was notified by the city Aug. 1 but has refused to move, the suit stated. North Ridgeville police became aware of the situation in July, when they conducted measurements from his house to the school, the suit said.
Neidert could not be reached for comment.
Parents need to be parents, and stop letting the police run their lives for them, if we continue down this road, we will all be slaves, eventually, hell, we already are!
By Allison Knab - email@example.com
YORK — York police on Thursday, Oct. 30 — the evening the town celebrated Halloween — charged a juvenile with assault after a confrontation with another York High School student.
The teenagers were out trick-or-treating in Winterbrook when the incident occurred, said Sgt. Martin Doherty of the York Police Department.
The 14-year-old male, a York resident, was reportedly confronted by several other teenagers in an altercation that led to him pushing a girl. The juvenile female told her mom, and the two made an assault complaint to the police.
The juvenile male is scheduled to appear in York District Court on Jan. 5, 2009.
Both Doherty and York High School Principal Robert Stevens cautioned against allowing teenagers out on Halloween.
"I wish parents would exercise a little judgment in sending kids out to problem areas on problem nights," Stevens said.
However, the incident did not end Thursday evening.
"The next day they're all e-mailing each other and threatening each other," Doherty said. Comments were apparently made over MySpace.com pages.
The issue of Internet harassment — or cyberbullying, as it's often called — needs to be addressed and monitored by parents, both Doherty and Stevens said.
"(Parents) should police these kids on the computer," Doherty said.
Stevens also cautioned that many students don't know the full repercussions of their online actions.
"More and more, colleges and universities look at MySpace accounts as part of their applications to college, and kids are shocked when they find that out," he said.