Sunday, June 17, 2012

TX - Critics Say Sex Offender Registry Too Big, Ineffective

Original Article


By Jennifer Stayton

The Texas Sex Offender Registry currently has about 70,000 names in it. Supporters of the registry say it helps keep the public safe by letting people know where registered sex offenders live and work. Critics say the registry has gotten too big and has not proven to prevent crime.

Emily Deprang is s staff writer for the Texas Observer and focused on the registry in a recent article. Deprang tells the story of [name withheld], who had to register as a sex offender at age 12. Find out how he wound up on the registry, and what laws govern the registry in Texas, by clicking the player and listening to the full interview.

NOTE: this interview contains some mature themes and language.

PA - Travel Abroad

The following was sent to us via the contact form and posted with the users permission.

By L:
I have a question, in 1999, I was charged with a corruption of a minor in the state of Ohio, and a federal charge for transporting a 16 year old over state lines.

I know alot of countries will denie you entry, but alot of sex offenders said they have traveled to Philippines no problem.

However recently Japan does a thumb scan now and in 5 secounds you can be denied.

I met a woman through my tennis partner from my hometown here in Pa.

She's 38 as myself and we realize we have to meet up somewhere in the world before I can file for her visa.

Since teh United States has no visa waiver for Philippines it's almost like she'd be denied for even a visit over here.

A lot of sex offenders say they travel abroad but are questioned by our own country as to their return.

What are the facts about changing planes to travel abroad, I can't even get a lawyer to do research, they say well call the Embassey when I do they tell me call imigration, they say well are you on a no fly list, red list I said no, and they said well we don't know.

Who has traveled over to the Philippines the woman I am speaking with know of my crime as well her family we want to meet up and I want to just have a normal life and get married.