Friday, January 14, 2011

TN - MCS, Memphis Groups Address Teen Pregnancy

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I wonder how many of them had sex illegally?

01/13/2011

By Jill Monier

MEMPHIS - Frayser High School girls are carrying more than just backpacks these days, many are carrying babies. Now a new campaign is being launched to fight teen pregnancy in the Frayser area.

According to one group tracking the numbers, Frayser has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Memphis. The new campaign, called "No Baby!" is designed to try to get teen girls and boys to prevent pregnancies; at the same time, Memphis City School officials are working on a way to help students more effectively deal with unplanned pregnancies.

Henry Taylor holds up his balled up fist after we tell him how many girls at Frasyer High School are pregnant or have had a baby in the last year.

Taylor has a 15 year old daughter at Frayser High and she's on a tight leash.

According to a coalition helping to reduce the teen pregnancy rate in Memphis City Schools, 86 Frayser students are pregnant or have given birth in the last year.

Deborah Hester Harrison with Girls Inc., a non-profit group helping to promote confidence and self sufficiency among teens, says the entire Frayser area has a lot of pregnant teens.

Harrison says, "(zip code) 38127 has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the city, it's 26%."

That means, of the babies born to Frayser residents, 26% were born to Frayser teens.

Nationally the rate is 10%.

In Shelby County, it's 16%.

Harrison says, "We're looking at ways to combat it and we're trying to combat it in the area where the need is the greatest."

At Thursday night's school board meeting, Harrison announced a campaign aimed at reducing the teen pregnancy rate in Frayser.

The program, called "No Baby!" is designed to help girls gain the knowledge and resources needed to prevent unplanned pregnancies and to give them the confidence to just say "no".

Harrison says, "right now these girls don't know how to say no, they're having sex when they don't want to, they just don't know how to say no."

Another issue is pre-natal care.

According to one doctor we talked with there is no OB-GYN in the Frayser area.

Marc Goodman-Bryan with the Urban Child Institute says lack of pre-natal care can have serious affects on the baby.

He says babies born to teenage mothers alone, can face challenges.

Goodman-Bryan says, "As a group they're found to be more likely to be born at a low birth rate, born prematurely. A lot of these girls aren't developmentally ready to be really effective parents and that affects the child's development."

Memphis school officials say they don't track the number of pregnant students, but they say 245 students system wide were enrolled in their homebound program, which sends teachers to students' homes after they've given birth to make sure they don't fall behind in school.

MCS says they're ramping up their efforts to address teen pregnancy through a grant with Shelby County that will:
  • put programs in place district wide to address pregnancy and infant mortality rates
  • put nurse practitioners in schools
  • hire 5 social workers
  • provide a baby story with coupons for teens to buy car seats and diapers if they attend special programs

And it's not just teen girls.

Harrison says, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital got a grant to work with boys on the issue.

Harrison says, "up until now there really has not been programs focusing on the males."

But what many agree on, is the sex education starts at home.

Harrison says that can be difficult for parents. She says, "they don't know how to provide that info but it's also a very difficult subject for parents to have with their kids so it's tough."

But Taylor says parents must take responsibility.

Girls Inc. says once they prove the "No Baby!" program works in Frayser, they want to expand it to other areas of the city with high teen pregnancy rates, like zip code 38108 which is Hollywood East of Watkins, and zip codes 38126 and 38106 in South Memphis, which all have teen pregnancy rates above 25%.


State Ex Post Facto Clauses and the Adam Walsh Act

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VA - Cost of Virginia sex offender program shocks lawmakers

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01/14/2011

By Bill Sizemore

RICHMOND - Lawmakers expressed shock Friday over the exponentially rising cost of a program to keep some sex offenders locked up after they complete their criminal sentences.

The annual operating cost of Virginia’s Sexually Violent Predator Program is projected to hit $32 million next year – more than a tenfold increase in eight years.

The program was created by the General Assembly in 1998 to keep sex offenders deemed likely to re-offend off the streets after they finish their criminal sentences. The process is known as civil commitment.

The 300-bed Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation in Nottoway County, built just two years ago at a cost of $62 million, will be filled to capacity by this fall, the House Appropriations Committee was told Friday.

Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed spending an additional $68.5 million this year to accommodate the growing number of offenders coming into the program, including $43.5 million in borrowed money to convert a shuttered prison in Brunswick County into a second 300-bed treatment center.

The numbers generated bipartisan alarm on the budget-writing panel.

This has just exploded,” said Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk.

I worry about where we’re heading,” said Del. James Scott, D-Fairfax County.

Del. Johnny Joannou, D-Portsmouth, likened the program’s mushrooming cost to the repeal of the local car tax a decade ago, which also blew a bigger-than-expected hole in the budget.

The committee took no action on the matter Friday, but several members expressed reservations about McDonnell’s spending proposal.

The panel grilled Olivia Garland, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, about how and why the program has grown so dramatically.

Initially the pool of offenders was limited to four crimes: rape, forcible sodomy, object sexual penetration and aggravated sexual battery. In 2006, however, the Assembly expanded the list of crimes to 28.

In addition, the state switched to a different screening test which lowered the threshold for commitment.

As a result, Garland said, the number of offenders coming into the program, initially about one a month, now averages six to eight a month.

There are 252 offenders in the program now. So far, 11 have been released.

The average annual operating cost is $91,000 per resident. That’s low compared to some of the other 19 states with similar programs, Garland said. In New York, for instance, the per-resident cost is $175,000.

A big factor in the cost is the high staffing ratio required for such a program, she said: roughly two staffers for every resident.

Garland cited several reasons why Virginia’s program is growing faster than those in many other states.

Unlike most states, Virginia commits mentally ill offenders and those who have been judged “unrestorably incompetent to stand trial.”

Also, most states require that an offender show a history or pattern of sexually dangerous behavior before becoming eligible for commitment. In Virginia, it only takes one offense.

The department is exploring ways to curb the program’s growth, Garland said.

For some lawmakers, that can’t come too soon.

Del. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg, suggested that the state needs to examine why so few offenders are being released.

We have an elaborate get-you-in system,” she said. “I think we also need an elaborate get-you-out system.”


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WA - Old pics of sister-in-law lead to child porn case

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So lets go back, review all marriage and birth certificates, and anyone who had a child with an underage person, arrest them and throw them on the registry. That would probably include a ton of old folks, who, in the old days, married when they were underage.

01/14/2011

By MARK SHERMAN

WASHINGTON – In retrospect, [name withheld]'s first mistake on the road to his conviction on child pornography charges was the affair he began in 1974 with his sister-in-law. She was 16 at the time.
- How old was he then?

It probably also was not a good idea to take nude pictures of her. Or keep them for three decades. And it certainly was not advisable to try to use the pictures to blackmail his ex-wife, the woman's sister, into redoing their divorce settlement. Especially because his ex-wife had gone to federal authorities, who recorded the blackmail attempt on tape.

The photos led to [name withheld]'s conviction for possession of child pornography, a conviction that [name withheld], once a successful lawyer, now is asking the Supreme Court to overturn. The justices are meeting Friday to consider accepting new appeals, including [name withheld]'s.

"This is a child pornography case that does not involve a child," [name withheld]'s lawyers told the court in their brief. They are claiming violations of the First Amendment and of the Constitution's bar against ex post facto convictions for violating laws that were not in place when an alleged crime occurred.
- So they could pass a law today, for example, making it a crime to smoke a cigarette, and go back and arrest anyone, if they chose to.

In the first place, they argue, the age of consent in Illinois was 16 in 1974, which they say means [name withheld]'s affair did not violate state law.

There also was no federal child pornography statute at the time. It was enacted in 1978 and, after being amended, now applies to sexual depictions of children younger than 18.

The Justice Department is urging the court to reject the appeal. [name withheld] "is being punished for his possession of child pornography in 2006," acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal said in a court filing. In addition, the government disputes that the affair between [name withheld] and the woman was legal at the time.

The court does not even need to consider any of those issues now, Katyal said, because the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has ordered the trial judge to redo [name withheld]'s prison sentence and throw out a bankruptcy fraud or obstruction of justice conviction that went along with the child pornography charge. [name withheld] had been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The 7th Circuit upheld the child pornography conviction, dismissing questions about whether prosecutors proved that [name withheld] recalled in 2006 that the woman in the photographs was 16 at the time they were taken.

"He had known her since she was in fourth grade," Judge Richard Posner said in describing a series of contacts between them, "and years later had represented her in her divorce proceeding."

[name withheld], now in his mid-60s, was a prominent lawyer in Illinois' Madison County, northeast of St. Louis. He and [name withheld] divorced in 2003 and, beset by financial difficulties, [name withheld] filed for bankruptcy in 2005. A short while later, he approached his ex-wife, acknowledging the long-ago affair and telling her about the photographs.

[name withheld] intimated he might make them public if his ex-wife did not let him out of his financial obligations to her. He eventually showed her the originals at a meeting that was being recorded by federal agents and included this exchange:

"So you resort to blackmailing me?" she said.

[name withheld] replied, "There's nothing left. I'm down to no kids, no grandkids, no money."

Before he got into legal trouble, [name withheld] scored several prominent courtroom victories. In a 1983 case, he won a $3 million judgment for Mary Bacon, a horse jockey who sued a local race track over injuries.

In 1990, [name withheld] won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Facing sanctions for advertising himself as a certified civil trial specialist, [name withheld] lost a state Supreme Court ruling that his advertising claim was misleading because it made him seem more qualified than other lawyers who do the same type of work.

But by a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may not ban potentially misleading information if the information also may be presented in a way that is not deceptive. [name withheld] did not argue the case in Washington.


America's Most Wanted's John Walsh Discusses The Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act (2006)

I realize this is from 2006, but it was brought to my attention here.



Original Article

08/07/2006


Recently we were on hand for a conference call when John Walsh and his wife Reve went to the White House on July 27, 2006. On this day President Bush signed into law The Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act. The event was bittersweet for the Walsh family as it took place exactly 25 years to the day that their son Adam was abducted and murdered. The bill includes the following provisions:
- It has NEVER been proven that Adam was sexually abused, nor who killed him. But they laid the blame on Ottis Toole. And it was also suspected that Jeffrey Dahmer killed Adam. So this law was originally passed on false accusations. I believe it was originally intended for child abusers, which is not necessarily sexual abuse, but could be parental abuse, emotional, physical, sexual, etc. Now it's mainly a way to punish sex offenders only, even those who had nothing to do with children. You do not see the others mentioned on the registry, why not?

  • Establish a comprehensive federal DNA database of material collected from convicted molesters, and procedures for the routine DNA collection and comparison to the database when someone has been convicted of such an offense. (Whomever wrote this, you'd think this was for child molesters only, but it's not. Also, what about people who physical or emotionally harm children, or even adults?)
  • Provide federal funding for states to track pedophiles using global positioning devices. (Again, this law was originally about child abuse, kidnapping, etc, but here they say pedophiles and not all sex offenders are pedophiles!)
  • Allow victims of child abuse to sue their molesters. (Does this include all child abuse, or just sexual abuse?)

As the face and driving force behind the hugely popular and effective TV show America's Most Wanted, John Walsh and his family are living proof that something devastating doesn't only create victims.
- One side note, also keep in mind that John Walsh himself admitted he was a sex addict. So why isn't he on the registry? He said he got help and was "cured!" Should we know where he lives and works?

John Walsh: First let me say thank you all for your patience. I'm right here at the White House; we're actually shooting components of this Saturday night's show around the bill signing today. As I think many of you know, this is the 25th anniversary of the kidnapping of our six-year-old son, Adam, from the mall in Hollywood, Florida, so it's kind of a bittersweet day for us. My wife, Reve, will be here; and our 24-year-old daughter, Megan; and our 21-year-old son, Callahan; and our 11-year-old son, Hayden. They, of course, never met Adam, but Adam is a big part of their lives, so it's a very special day for us.
- And don't they have child neglect laws about this? If someone left their child in a hot car, they would probably be charged with some crime. Why did she leave her young child alone in the store in the first place?

We're very, very honored that Congress, so many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle deemed this an important piece of legislation and named it the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act. That's a real honor. But lots of other parents worked on this bill; Mark Lunsford from Florida; I walked the halls last week with Elizabeth Smart and her father Ed; and I know Marc Klauss, Polly Klauss' father, has worked on this; and many, many other parents, so many parents will be here today, and survivors.
- Yeah, you need a controversial bill passed? Name it after some child or person. That in of itself, should be illegal.

I really believe that this may be the most important piece of child protection legislation passed in the last 25 years. I've been here for several bill signings, but this one is a really tough piece of legislation, it has teeth in it, it has oversight, it has about $1.2 billion worth of money, which we still have to go back to Congress and get, but that's the budget. It will really change the way we deal with convicted rapists of our women and molesters of our children.
- And to this day, the money is still not there. And what about abuse of women, or non-sexual abuse of children, and also men? Why is this bill all about sex when it has never been proven sex had anything to do with Adam's killing? Ottis Toole was a sick serial killer, so was Jeffrey Dahmer.

It will mandate the creation of a national sex offender registry kept up-to-date in every one of the 50 states. Every state, whether the state has a good registry, a bad registry, or no registry, will now be mandated to have this federal template and there will be an exchange between the registries.
- And to this day, states are not implementing it, because it's unconstitutional, draconian, and cruel and unusual punishment, plus they stand to lose more money to implement it, if they do not take the 10% Bryne Grant incentive (aka bribe). To this date, only about three states have "significantly" implemented it.

In the bill there is a federal component, money to hire and train 500 new U.S. marshals, who will then be assigned to fugitive task force all over the country and they will go after these convicted sex offenders who are in non-compliance with their parole or probation. The Justice Department estimates that there are at least 100,000 convicted sex offenders who have disappeared through the cracks, who are at large right now and non-compliance with their sex offender probation, parole, or registry requirements. So these are 100,000 guys that are out there right now.
- This 100,000 "goldilock" number has never been proven either, it's an assumption. Nowadays, since he has not received the money for the law, he's changed this to "100,000 Level 3, most dangerous" offenders to SCARE people into acting. Again, not based on facts.

It also mandates the collection of DNA from every convicted sex offender, which I believe will solve thousands of old crimes, cold cases, rapes and molestations. When we passed this bill on a state level in Florida, the DNA bill, several years ago, in the first six months 88 crimes were solved and 11 people over the course of a year were freed from jail that were innocent. So the DNA component will solve lots of crimes and get innocent people out of jail.
- Hell, why not collect DNA from every human being? If it will help solve one crime, isn't it worth it? And if they actually used the DNA, it would also SET FREE many who have been falsely railroaded by DA's, prosecutors, lawyers, judges, police, etc. Really, 88 people freed. If it wasn't mandatory DNA be collected, then was the cases actually solved by this mandate, or are you just making it up?

It also mandates more federal prosecutors, particularly to prosecute Internet crimes, distribution of child pornography over the Internet, and for pedophiles who try to lure children over the Internet. It allocates 35 more FBI agents; five of those will be assigned to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help in cybercrimes and to catch these guys.
- And the laws will also create a ton of businesses who use fear to make millions.

It also, for the first time in the history of this country, mandates a national child abuse registry and background checks of people who want to become foster parents. Years ago I profiled a guy who was a foster parent and was using young boys in child pornography, so now to be a foster parent you will have to have a background check and prove you are not a convicted sex offender.
- Well, that is not true. If it was indeed a child abuse registry, then we'd have parents who abuse their children through neglect (like your wife), emotional or physical, etc. But it's not, it's mostly a registry for those who have committed a sex crime. But, more and more, new crimes are being added, which is documented on this blog. Some non-sexual crimes are being placed on the registry, and also, more and more registries are popping up as well. Hell, pretty soon, we'll have one big ALL SINNERS registry, which I am 100% for. If it's okay for one group of people, then it's good enough for everyone. And what about convicted murderers or drug users/dealers? Are they going to be able to adopt a child?

So there are lots of really powerful, good components to this legislation (most of it unconstitutional). It was a long battle. Congressman Mark Foley (Yeah, he's a good example, see here and here) from Florida wrote it about 2.5 years ago, when we were talking about sex offenders in Florida. James Sensenbrenner (He's also part of other laws eradicating rights, like the Patriot Act and Real ID Act), the Chairman of the House Judiciary, got it passed three times, the last time being yesterday. And the Senate, on the Senate side, Bill Frist (Controversies) was a champion of the bill; Senator Oren Hatch (Controversies) introduced it to the Senate, along with Senator Joe Biden from Delaware, the democratic senator who became a champion of the bill. Senator Kennedy worked on it. Senator Leahy worked on it. Arlen Specter, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary, was a very strong advocate for the bill. Diane Feinstein. There are a lot of people who worked hard to perfect and fine tune this bill to make it as tough as it is. I really think it's a true bipartisan piece of legislation. Finally, after almost 2.5 years it is passed and I really think it will impact the way that this country's criminal justice system deals with sex offenders.
- Again, proving it's all about punishing sex offenders, not child abusers.

Many small town sheriffs, many small town police agencies have said that they do not have the resources to go after sex offenders like the guy who allegedly killed the 19-year-old coed at Clemson University in South Carolina. He was a registered sex offender in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida, bragged about the fact that no one looked for him, he jumped the registry, violated his parole and probation, went to South Carolina and admitted killing that beautiful girl and said he may have killed other women, but he definitely raped women in other states because he said there was nobody looking for him (Are you just adding on crimes to fear monger?). So this will be a great resource for small agencies, the FBI, the marshals, and the ICE, the Immigration Customs Enforcement group from Homeland Security will all be part of this bill going out to hunt these guys down on a national level. Again, we are so honored that they named it after beautiful little Adam.
- I'm sure you are. But again, it was never proven Adam was sexually abused.

In the years that you've been doing the show, has there ever been a situation when you've been say out in public and thought that you saw somebody that you had just profiled on the show?

John Walsh: Thank you for the compliments, David. That has never happened to me. We shoot the show all over the world, all over the country; we've done shows from the Persian Gulf, Ground Zero, Oklahoma bombing, etc., do them on the streets, and I've never, ever run into someone who was on the show.

Although one time I was told that when I was in Baltimore profiling a murderer and I was doing stand-ups there, that some of the people in the crowd had recognized him in the back of the crowd and that he disappeared and he was caught the next day. So I guess that's the closest that any fugitives have ever really gotten to me and I've never run into one.

It's probably not good for most people to take the law into their own hands. But if you did run into somebody like that, would you call the authorities or would you feel tempted, because of your passion for the job, to try and apprehend him, do a citizen's arrest?

John Walsh: No, I'm not a vigilante (I beg to differ); I don't believe in vigilantism (I beg to differ! You are making a law to punish sex offenders, not child abusers, which is based on assumptions, not facts, and the vengeance is obvious, even from your own book). I would certainly call law enforcement immediately. That's why America's Most Wanted has worked so well over the years. We are now up to 898 arrests of wanted fugitives, so close to 900. I believe people can make a difference and have the courage to make that call. But I always tell people don't do something stupid, don't put yourself in a very tenuous position to be hurt. Have authorities call the person. That's what I would do; I would call authorities right away. I'm not a cop and it's too dangerous to try to take down fugitives yourself.

My other question is in the tragedy that happened in your life that in some ways kind of kicked off this whole thing, I guess my question is is this in some ways kind of keeping Adam alive for you, in terms? Do you ever kind of sort of feel like he's right behind your shoulder, saying, "Thanks, Dad" or anything?

John Walsh: I absolutely do. Certainly Adam is the inspiration for almost everything my wife and I have done in the last 25 years. I was a pretty successful partner in a company that built deluxe hotels; we were building a $26 million hotel on Paradise Island when Adam was kidnapped. Certainly his murder changed our lives forever.
- Yeah, and instead of going for a murderer registry, you went on assumptions of child abuse and sexual abuse, which has never been proven. Speaking of which, why don't we have a murderer registry?

My wife always puts it very succinctly, she says, "I cannot understand how anyone could hurt a child, let alone brutally and heinously murder a child like Adam was murdered." And so many of the parents there today are survivors of the murders of their children. But Reve always said we wanted to make sure Adam didn't die in vain. Many times I'll be out on the road and we're in the middle of the night in a dangerous place, seeing some very bad things and very depressing things, and Adam, I always believe that he's there as the inspiration, saying, "Dad, go get them. I'm proud of you." And I hope he is proud of me because I hope I will see him in the next life.
- So, you believe in an afterlife. What about God? Jesus? Do you think Jesus would pose disinformation to get people to do something? I don't think so. Which is basically what you did, IMO.

Another case that I'm thinking of that happened last decade that you're well familiar with was the Jimmy Ryce case as well. Those cases just really, I think, changed the way we looked at protecting our children. I'm wondering if you can talk a little bit about the world in 1981 versus the world now in terms of the things that parents didn't do then because they didn't even think about doing then, the things that parents do or should do now because it's a much different world?

John Walsh: You're absolutely right; it is a very much different world. Reve and I look back at how naïve we were in 1981 (And why were you not charged with child neglect? Which would put you on the same registry? As people in congress have said, "we can always use a good tragedy for our benefit," or something like that.). Reve was right three aisles away from Adam and was a great and still is a great mother - we've had three children since Adam was murdered - and a very protective mother, and it happened in an instant. The Ryces will be here today, Don and Claudine Rice; as will be Mark Lunsford (Whose own son molested a child and received 10 days in jail and is NOT on the registry, why not?).

Look at all the terrible cases that have happened in my home state of Florida (Florida, IMO, is corrupt as hell). Look at all the support we've gotten from all the good people in Florida, but look at the cases. Most of the time it was a serious repeat offender: Carlie Bruscia, that guy had 17 convictions; John Couey that murdered Jessica Lunsford, 22 arrests. He was in violation of his sex offender probation and parole. He should have never been out on the streets. At least he should have been monitored, certainly specifically with an ankle bracelet.

So I always tell people that it isn't 1981, it's not 1950, it's not All in the Family/Father Knows Best, it's a difficult, difficult time. Now we have the Internet. We always talk about people telling their children, "Be careful when you're waiting for the school bus or walking home. Don't get near a car if it approaches." Now unfortunately the predators are in our living rooms, talking to our children over the Internet.
- Studies show that 90% or more of all sexual crimes occur in the victims own home, not some stranger. Stranger kidnappings are rare.

We've all seen the recent Datelines and we've been doing at America's Most Wanted for years; these guys are absolute experts at convincing children that they're another sympathetic 12-year-old or 13-year-old child. They try and lure that child to the mall or somewhere where they think they can get that child, and that child never knows they're talking to a 30-year-old man or a 40-year-old pedophile who's out there to hurt them.
- Come on, kids are very trusting in nature, it doesn't take an "expert" to lure a kid a way. See here or here.

So times have changed. The Internet is a great thing, but Interpol and the FBI say that child pornography over the Internet alone has become a $4 billion business. So it is a very different world than I grew up within, it's a very different world than it was in 1980, but I think people are aware and I really think this bill today is going to send a loud message. It only deals with convicted sex offenders, only the level one, the most violent ones, but it sends a message "You messed up one time, you hurt a woman, you hurt a child, but we have the right now to punish you. We have the right to know where you are. We have the right for that soccer mom to check a Web site and know if there's a convicted serious sex offender in their neighborhood." I think today's going to be a loud voice for a lot of victims that will be in the Rose Garden with my wife and I.
- So in the above highlighted statement, he proves once again, the law is about punishing sex offenders, not child abusers, and it's not just for "serious" sex offenders, it's for ALL, even non-sexual crimes! And it doesn't account for all the other "crimes" that can land you on the registry. Kidnapping, urinating in public, two teens having sex, etc.

One of the other things that has changed in 25 years is that the police and law enforcement agencies are also much more better equipped to deal with this, aren't they?

John Walsh: Absolutely, but the real problem is, and I've seen it firsthand on America's Most Wanted, this is a country of 50 little countries called states, and there are 17,000 police agencies in the United States and 27 federal agencies and they still don't exchange information, they don't have the resources. Many times you'll have a case where it's just a one-man sheriff department, maybe a local chief of police with two people in his department; they don't have the resources to go after these sex offenders. This is what this bill will do.
- What about going after all other criminals? Like murderers, gang members, drug dealers/users, thieves, DUI offenders, etc? Why not a registry for all other criminals?

There are going to be pilot programs in every state, teaching cops about cybercrime, about how to put cybercrime units together, how to track sex offenders. This bill is really a boon for law enforcement because it will give resources that teach cops who are more than willing to say, "We don't have the training. We don't have the manpower or womanpower and we really want to help catch these guys." So this is one really big component of this bill.

With the advent of DNA evidence and other things that help crack cold cases, I know what you've said before, but do you have any hope that they will ever find the person who killed Adam?

John Walsh: I never give up hope. I always talk about how my wife and I have never gotten justice. A lot of people think that Ottis Toole, who died in a Florida prison for some horrible crimes, he died of cirrhosis and AIDS in prison, was never charged. The sad thing is that they found a piece of bloody carpet in his car years ago when he was a suspect, and there was no DNA, and unfortunately the Hollywood police over the years misplaced that carpet, which is a real tragedy, because the FBI lab said to me, "Mr. Walsh, if you could give us that carpet, even now, in one day we would tell you whether Adam was in that car or not and whether that man, who is the main suspect, murdered Adam."
- You can get and analyize DNA in one day? I don't think so. If that is true, then why does DNA evidence take so long these days?

So I'm a great believer in DNA; I've often called it the fingerprint of the 21st century. This mandatory taking of the DNA of these sex offenders I think is going to get justice for thousands of victims. I can't imagine how terrible it would be to be in prison, convicted of sexual molestation or rape, and be innocent, and it will free the innocent. So this bill has a huge DNA component.
- If you believe it so much, why not submit your DNA and take the DNA of every single human being on the planet? If it's so great and will help solve crimes, why not?

I wondered what you thought of the book Lost and Found and if you had any parts of it that spoke to you, aside from the profile of yourself and Reve?

John Walsh: I think that book, Lost and Found, it's a passionate statement about the victims, it's a photographic journey, and it's something I think all parents should probably take a look at. It bothers me when people say, "It can't happen to me," and you look in that book and say, "It's happened across all socioeconomic lines." It happens in the ghetto. It happens in Beverly Hills. It happened in the middle of a beautiful home in Salt Lake City.

The Smarts are in there, and today the Smarts will be in the Rose Garden and so will so many other parents of missing and murdered children. Elizabeth, of course, is a happy ending. But there will be a lot of other parents today who helped me work on this bill. It will be kind of a bittersweet day for Reve and I, and we all say the same thing that people in the media never seem to get, we all say, "We don't want to be here. We didn't choose to be here, but we're here because we want to honor our children and fight back."

The book is a great book. Today is going to be a bittersweet day, but it's a great day I think for children out there who may not be victimized because of this bill.
- This bill doesn't prevent any crime, nor protect anybody. You need to get off Fantasy Island!

What is the best way for people to get a copy of this book? I think it might only be available through the Missing Children's.

John Walsh: They can certainly call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1-800-THE-LOST. It's a toll-free number and they have a wonderful Web site, www.missingkids.com. I would even ask for it in book stores, but you can certainly call toll-free, 1-800-THE-LOST.

Right, it does not seem to be, for some reason, available in book stores.

John Walsh: It should be.

You did bring up an internet component. The pedophiles are using it, the predators are using the Internet, and I think if parents would learn the language that their kids are using that they would have a leg up on protecting their children.

John Walsh: Absolutely. You're 100% right. I always tell parents don't let kids take that computer into their bedroom, put it in the family room or living room and monitor there. There's all kind of software. Cox Broadcasting has a wonderful Web site, www.coxtakecharge.com, that teaches parents all the lingo. I even asked my son, "You're on a Web site here, what's that POS mean?" and he says, "Dad, it means 'parent over my shoulder,' we tip each other off." You're right, they have their own lingo. You should have the right to know, even if you're not computer savvy.
- You do have the right, it's called parenting. Also, the above site is no longer there, but you can go here.

There are safeguards and there are software to block certain sites, there's software to check what chat rooms your kids are in. Tell your kids to never give out information. Use an anonymous name in that personal profile so that that person can't track you. It may be a 50-year-old pedophile that you think you're talking to a 12-year-old kid.
- And now, the President and others are trying to make everyone have online ID's, a reversal of what John says above.

John, the DNA component in the bill is very impressive. Of course, it was introduced here in Florida a year ago, I believe. What do you feel, beyond just the sex offenders and the pedophiles and predators, I think this will have a component in solving other crimes; don't you?

John Walsh: Absolutely. The DNA may solve lots of other crimes, not only sex offences and sexual molestations (But if the bill is about sex crimes, then are you saying you will also be collecting DNA from all other criminals? Or is this another mistake?). DNA has broken many other cases where DNA is a component. This isn't just targeted towards sex offenders; it's targeted toward child pornographers. Interpol says that child pornography is a $4 billion, run in many components by the Russian mob, some members of the Romanian mob, people in Amsterdam. So this bill is going to have some international implications too.
- So, are you going to go to these countries and make them all register as well?

Now, John, on the America's Most Wanted program will you be doing any profile on the latest problems we're having here in Florida on human trafficking?

John Walsh: We do; we're going to do a special show this Saturday night around the passage of this bill. We'll be profiling several wanted pedophiles (Yeah, more BS to make it look like all sex offenders are pedophiles! And people wonder where the pedophile hysteria came from?) and we have always been involved in trying to stop human trafficking. So this week will be a very special show on America's Most Wanted this Saturday night.

Thank you very much and congratulations.

John Walsh: Thank you. Unfortunately, the Secret Service is here, telling me that I have to go out to the Rose Garden. I'm sorry for those of you who couldn't ask questions. It has been an incredibly busy day, but a really wonderful, productive day. I thank all of you for your wonderful comments. We're still battling. We're still fighting. So I have to go. God bless you. Thank you.


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