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  •  I think it's BS (6+ / 0-)

    They need to rethink the whole sexual criminal registry. It's out of control.

    It's like the no-fly list -- you can get on it for ridiculous reasons as well as legitimate ones, and then you can't get off it.

    There have been many stories here on DKos about such people on both lists. One of the worst was a woman who sat down to rest on a bench OUTSIDE of a park where children were playing. There was a barely visible sign that said you MUST have a child with you to even linger there for a moment. She didn't. She was arrested and now must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life. Or the substitute teacher who had the porn pop-ups on the school computer. They aren't using their damn heads to think things through. They shoot first and ask questions later.

    I have children, but some of these "protect the children at all costs" laws are just stupid and counterproductive.

    •  They always use children to pass harsh laws (3+ / 0-)

      look at the war on drugs

    •  The reason (2+ / 0-)
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      milton333, lemming22

      that it's so easy to get on those registries is that States get Federal funding based on the number of offenders listed.  Florida, for example, has a policy of keeping someone on the list for one year after he/she has died. The big technique for pumping up the lists is to include people who are imprisoned and not getting out anytime soon; I think over half of Florida's registered sex offenders are actually in jail. That's really double-dipping, since States also get Federal funds based on the number of prisoners they have. Counting out-of-staters is another one.

      Of course, this makes those lists as actually useful as car alarms; there's no way to tell who poses any danger. At the very least, States should not be able to count people in any of the following categories toward Federal funding:

      1. Individuals who are deceased as of the time of reporting (duh!).
      1. Individuals who are full-time incarcerated at the time of reporting and are not eligible for release during the reporting period.
      1. Individuals who do not reside in the state in question.
      1. Individuals previously convicted of conduct that would no longer, at the time of reporting, be considered criminal or carry a sex-offender registration requirement (at one time, some states' registries included people convicted of violating sodomy laws that had since been repealed).

      There should be absolutely no controversy about any of the previous categories; including such people on the registries serves no function other than to pad the numbers.

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