MM/DD/YYYY From: YOUR NAME YOUR ADDRESS YOUR PHONE OR EMAIL (if desired)
Dear Senator/Representative __________,
As a concerned citizen, I appreciate your efforts to serve and protect the citizens of Louisiana. Knowing that your desire is to represent all Louisianans’ in a fair and appropriate manner, I pray that you will research the current sex offender laws. Although many sentences are based on the severity of the offense, public registration for non-violent, consensual offenses is in itself neither fair nor appropriate. A young man, like Eric at www.ChangingTheLaw.com, will face a lifetime of restrictions, ridicule, and instability. The broad definition of the term “sex offender” has devastated many individuals, and their families, who are guilty of no more than a one time lapse of good judgment. Contrary to popular belief, many so called “sex offenders” are of no risk to children or society in general. Precious resources are wasted prosecuting, monitoring, and incarcerating those who have committed minor offenses. Current laws offer no differentiation between a young man who has participated in online chat with his teen aged girlfriend and a dangerous pedophile or rapist.
Law enforcement officials are not able to monitor those who are truly dangerous as the registry is overblown. As of August 2008, the registry has 8,150 individuals listed. Sex offender laws, as structured, are not keeping anyone safe. Rather, they are grouping thousands of individuals under the same big, evil umbrella. I pray that your commitment to fairness and public service will help to create a more balanced and educated Louisiana concerning the sex offender laws. How can online chat be more punished than actual physical contact? I find this particular law to be incredibly ridiculous. Young people who chat compared to older gentlemen looking for a victim must be distinguished. One should be a misdemeanor and the other a felony. Please, remove the people who are of no danger to our children or adults and put the Wetterling Act back in place per its original intent. It kept us much safer than we are today. Thank you for your time.