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September 28th, 2009
01:00 PM ET

Sex Offender Registry

We've been following the story of a group of paroled sex offenders camping in the woods in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

Earlier this week they were evicted from those woods.

They were living there because under the state law they cannot live within 1,000 feet of schools, parks or anywhere children gather.

Other states have laws restricting where sex offenders can live once they get out of jail.

Are you curious about where sex offenders are in your area?

You can link to the Department of Justice website here and find sex offender registries in your state.


Filed under: Kyra Phillips
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Rebecca Milner

    Male sex offenders who violate and harm children should be castrated. That should be the law across the U.S. It is horrific to see on tv how our young children are being violated in this manner. I have no emphathy for sex offenders of any kind. They should all be put in a colony and identified just like people who have leoprasy (sp).

    September 28, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  2. Bea

    The idea that a man can not live in his own home because his crime will never be finished is Un-American. America has become worse than the communist countries that we fear so much. (Russia, China, North Korea)
    We need to Reform Sex Offender Laws. Many, many former sex offenders and their families want to see civil liberties returned to citizens of the United States. Visit ReformSexOffenderLaws.com

    September 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  3. Melinda

    Kyra, the way the legal system and jurisdictions are handling the whole sex offender situation is both disturbing and unrealistic. They have to live SOMEwhere! And it has been proven time and again that the sex offender registry does not prevent someone who is going to reoffend from doing so. All it does is to create panic in the masses and a further stigma against many who do not belong on the registry to start with. If the government is so eager to put someone on this list (many who have done nothing more than get urinate in public, which most CERTAINLY does not classify them as predators), they really need to figure out a better way of dealing with them once they are released from probation. The whole system needs to be revamped, and the general public should be much better educated on the facts surrounding sex offenses.

    September 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  4. Carol Surzinski

    The link you gave to the Sex Offenders site wants us to put a name in. Is there not a site where they have a list of sex offenders in our area and where they live? Surely that is somewhere. I use to be able to search for a list for the area I live in. There expecting us to know who they are does not help us if we want to know if any are living in our area.

    September 28, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  5. John

    County, Municipal, etc. budgets are being cut back, parole officer vacancies are going unfilled.

    Not as good a being in prison but better than in a neighborhood.

    September 28, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  6. David

    Well, I think it's a failed set of laws for a number of reasons. First, it flys in the face about everything we understand about our constitution and civil rights. People do their time by playing by the rules and expect to be able to get back onto their lives. How can you take a class of people and deny them a right to life, earn a living, to work, worship in a church, etc.

    Second, everyone says recidivism rates are high for sex offenders and site outragous statistics. The fact is sex offenders have the lowest rate of all those who commit crimes re: 1994 U.S. Department of Justice 5 year study. The rate is about 5%. However, where hate mongers get their high number is that within the 5%, there is a high number that recommit a sex offense. But the overwhelming data is that sex offenders reoffend less than any other crime class.

    What is being done with sex offenders is outragous! And it follows if people ad goernment get away with this type of behaviour with these people what then follows next.

    Let them reintegrate back into their communities. It's not true that once a sex offfender always a sex offender

    September 28, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  7. CHRISTINA

    I think it's a great rule, and would support it 100%. I live in Nunda, NY and am married with 3 young children. I had lived at this residence for over 20 years, in a nice community. We also own two businesses in this community, and have also for over 20 years.

    Unfortunately, our neighbor went to prison for 11 years for sexually abusing boys and dogs (he was the county dog warden, and his wife is the village of nunda clerk). After his prison term(which he served full term without parole so no one could "watch" him when he got out) – she took him back in – moved him right into her house with him – right in the middle of the village, next to a church and close to the school – right in the middle of the village!

    The worse part about this is that we – as neighbors – were not notified of his coming home since he was not on parole..... so all of a sudden this sick individual was free to lurk 5 feet from my 3 children! and she was the village clerk, who would be the person in the community to notify people!

    We ended up moving out and going into debt to get out of that house....had people "slam" us for putting up a fence before we moved.... like we were the evil ones!

    What happened in Nunda was awful and should not be allowed to happen to anyone. My children were afraid every day and night until we moved. He had more rights than we did – our police chief was friends with her and basically said that they would not do anything or watch him closer until he does something to someone again....sick, huh?

    Anyway – we went into debt and moved away from him, but are forever scarred because of this. No child should be afraid in their own home.

    Christina

    September 28, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  8. pc

    its very sad. the sex offender laws in country are unconstitutional.but people don't care because it doesn't affect them.let the government try to take away their rights.and thier will be outrage.the rights in the const
    are for all americans.not just for you self righteous few.the law makers in any state that bars anyone from a church are garbage.i guess the nazis won in wwII.everyone deserves a second chance.and its shame that politicians use fear of sex offenders to get elected.they could care less about your kids,just how money they can make.it is the parents responsibility to protect your kids.not the government.

    September 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  9. Sabrina

    No and I do not think checking on the site is the answer. I think many innocent people living in a home where an offender once lived are targets of hateful people. Often preditors that are in aspects of professions that win them as safe to easily violate innocent unsuspecting children and parents. As an example that was familar to me as a young child were firemen that came to the schools to talk to children and looked upon as "hero's". I m not suggesting firemen are perverts, only that adults should be wary of adults that they think sometimes are safe, it is a matter of knowing and being with your child and not thinking they are safe just because of preditor or offender is not being noted. Never leave kids alone when strangers can be waiting for them no matter what neighborhood you live in

    September 28, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  10. cherie

    Sex offender: Grown men with serious problems, solving this sickness is the end result but how??? Question, do the scientist,geologist follow the reforming of the earth? Umm the reshaping, what is the historical data if any accumulated with the earth evoulution as far as land and ocean and could this be taking place in the Southeast, and how often? Like re landscaping?

    September 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  11. Melinda

    After hearing some of the comments on the air from other listeners, again I would like to stress that the general public is in sore need of education about sex offenses. So many of them automatically equate sex offenses with children, and that is just not the case. A sex offense does not translate into pedophile. I challenge CNN to do an in-depth, UNBIASED documentary on this understandably controversial issue. THE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW!!!

    September 28, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  12. Cheryl Saathoff

    As for the sex affenders, I feel they are lucky to have any place to live, how kind of any state to find a place for them to live freely, that is more of a choice then thier victims had. And as for the ACLU, I find it pathtic that they can fight for the rights of sex affenders, but does not fight for the rights of Juveniles, or the mentally ill that can not speek for themselves. The ACLU should be ashamed of them selves. I AM!

    September 28, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  13. John

    It's very simple:

    If they are such a risk to society, then why are they out of jail?

    September 28, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  14. Alan Thornton

    Preventing sex offenders from living or working within 1000 feet of places where children congregate makes as much sense as preventing people who've served time for armed robbery from living close to a bank or store. They will rob a business somewhere, and many sex offenders will go beyond the bounderies to snatch a child. If they are that dangerous, they should be serving mandatory life sentences.

    September 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  15. Terri Rementeria

    This makes me sick! I am a tax paying law abiding born American citizen as my parents before me and their parents. We have always been taught to abide by the laws that govern these United States Of America.To respect all others and their property as well as ourselves and our own. So if I have to live by the rules so I can live a free life with even the basic amenities in life( which is all I can afford right now) why are we worried about the rights of these sick dispicable people who have broken all the rules .I don't care if they rot out in the streets .As far as I am concerned they don't deserve to live life at all because they took the life of someone else! they should be put to death like every other person who commits a hanis crime.Why do these criminals have rights if they chose to break the laws all by their selves.we have to go by the rules ! Who was the idiot who said we should have public housing for them ? That's it let's spend some more of my hard earned money taking care of the lowlife's and thieves of this nation WAy to go !

    September 28, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  16. John

    No i'm not, due to the fact that most people on these registries are not actual sexual predators.

    It's the media that creates hate and confusion just for ratings.

    I will be very suprised if just one news report actually does an UNBIASED story!!

    September 28, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  17. john

    I am a convicted sex-offender and I am condemned for life. I spent 7 years in prison paid my debt. I am still being punished and my family held hostage as well. It sickens me to think they may be better off without me. I have a 6 month old girl, and all I can think is how mothers and peers will be whispering whenever her or my wife are around. Good
    people make bad choices. I will never get a second chance.

    September 28, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  18. Cathie

    convicted sex offenders need a community of their own but should be abe to find work just like anyone else who has paid their time but not in or utheir temptions either children or women.

    September 28, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  19. Mike Armstrong TX.

    If these people cant find a place to stay because of there sicko habits they should go and ask the judge to help find a place he proubly knows a place with free room and board.

    September 28, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  20. David

    I must weight in on this issue again. I too am convicted of a sex offense. I was 46 years of age when this occurred and that was 8 years ago. It was a touching incidence. I don't belittle the matter, but it wasn't a horrific event and the victim in the matter has forgiven me.

    I'd like to present this scenario. I am a vietnam vet, college grad, had a successsful career, and owned my own business. I raised two children and both are well adjusted and good adults, my son still serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

    I've been a good contibutor to society and our country, defending it's way of life myself and giving a son who does also. I paid my taxes and am proud of my life, except for a 10 second indescretion that occurred 8 years ago.

    When I was convicted of this I performed 5 years probation. They didnt have websites back then. Now, I am on a website. I cant get a job, I cant rent a residence of my preference, and I have cities all around me placing these 1000 ft or 2500 ft limitations on where I can live, essentially banning me from soon to be my state.

    Every couple of years some psycho commits an act that gets the public enraged, the hate mongers (Adam walsh, et. al) come out of the woods, and call for more tghter restrictions and hate. Demonize further myself and others like me who just want to get on with life. I am not looking to molest anyones child. I just want a life.

    There will always be psychos. you can place the world on a website, but you will not prevent psychos or those who are intent on harming others. All people convicted of a sex offense is a threat to women and children. Most aren't! The vast majority are not!

    Stop hating me for what others do and will continue to do as they always have since the beginning of time. You have no right to judge me or condemn me, but if you choose to do so, evaluate me on my life and what's in my heart, not on what someone else does.

    Thank you

    September 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  21. Eric

    How are they supposed to get back on their feet if they can't even find a place to live? "Condemned for life," as a previous comment states. It makes me sick to see how so many twitter and other comments are so condemnatory. These comments come from the same people who preach forgiveness on Sunday but would never imagine putting that into practice. The offenders served their time. Let them move forward with their lives.

    September 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  22. Ben Starr, Dallas, TX

    Whether you like it or not, America is a nation where, if you commit a crime, you pay your debt to society and are then forgiven. Have YOU never been given a second chance? This is not a fascist, military state. We do not lock people up forever unless a judge and jury decide they are a permanent threat to public safety. Those who are not pay their debt to society and are released. If we then hold their past over their heads for the rest of their life, and restrict them from getting jobs or having homes, we ourselves commit a crime in the eyes of both God and our Founding Fathers. The vast majority of sex offenders did not rape children. (In fact, many sex offenders are ACTUALLY children...15 year old boys caught having intercourse with their girlfriends...12 year old boys pulling a childish prank who exposed themselves on the playground. Yes, they, too, carry the label "SEX OFFENDER" the rest of their lives.) Most sex offenders were simply caught doing something stupid in a moment of weakness, and now have to wear a scarlet letter until they die. Imprison those who need to be imprisoned. Let the rest live normal lives once they have paid their debt!

    September 28, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  23. James Tyler

    I think it is scary that there are newly released sex offenders being hearded into camps together where they can begin to conspire with each other. Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

    What is going on?

    September 28, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  24. Brandy Warner

    There are alot of poeple out there that have been labled by others.. just because you are a sex offender does not mean that you did the crime. There are also people that are not sex offenders that can be more harmful then they are... If they have to register every month and in order to register they need a address so the real sex offenders can be keep track of....There are shelters for homeless poeple and halfway houses for drug addicts. So why not have a place for them... There are different types of sex offenders as well as poeple.... In that case you should look at the charges, if they served their time, and whether it happened when them their selves was under aged. I am not about to judge someone without all the facts.... I have a seventeen year that is now known as a sex offender for a crime he did not commit. Now he is serving a 15-35 year sentence and 1 to 5 another charge so for 40 years total.. He is being harass on a daily basis. This is when he is still incarcerated so what happens when he gets out then the poeple everyday and not even to be around children. My stepson would not hurt anyone. This was all based on a polygragh that no one knows what the out come really was. A scared kid without legal counsel signing a statement. He just wanted to go home.

    September 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  25. Bea

    I would like to add that I am a mother of three small children. My husband will be classified as a sex offender when he returns home from prison. The prosecutor trumped up the charges for him, the ICE agent that came to our house lied and the result was a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years. The judge had no discrection. In our case it didn't matter because the judge wanted to make himself look good so he added on lifetime supervised release. My husband's "crime"? He received two images from a crazy man in an unmarked e-mail that contained legal images.

    September 28, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  26. mike

    give them the death penality.cause they will never stop .why give them a life when they take others .that should go for gang bangers why should tax payers keep them alive the death pently will make people think twice befor they do rong

    September 28, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  27. jrtyner

    I LIVE WITH SOMEONE ON THE SEX OFFENDER LIST! And I proud that he's my friend. He is not even a felon. His entire criminal record consists of 1 mistermeaner! And that makes him a "sick dispicable [person] who have broken all the rules"?

    Misdemeanors are crimes with a maximum punishment of 12 months of incarceration, yet he has to register for 10 years!

    Look at comments like this: "As far as I am concerned they don’t deserve to live life at all because they took the life of someone else!"
    He has never touched anyone! He grew up with an abusive stepfather, and because of his low self esteem, he has never even been on a date. And will probably never will, because this goverment hit list has doomed him to die alone! WHOSE LIFE DID THIS VIRGIN TAKE?

    "they should be put to death like every other person who commits a hanis crime." His stepfather took his personal PC to the police, and showed them some images of minors in a large folder of porn.

    "Why do these criminals have rights if they chose to break the laws all by their selves" There's no proof he has ever broken the law. All of the porn was downloaded using an automated peer to peer crawler. His stepdad had been bragging for a month that he was going to get rid of the kid one way or another. He only took the Alford Plea because his mother and his court appointed lawyer preassured him into it because the DA stacked the charges and the media is on a witch hunt for sex offenders.

    September 29, 2009 at 7:50 am |
  28. Esthe Bennett

    Why don't they perform surgery on these sick men? Operations can be performed that will relieve these men of this horrible , mad desire.

    September 29, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  29. doli

    somebody should help this sex offender to have a house. it is just not right to forget about this people or act like they are not human. they made a mistake and they learn their lesson or at least most of them learning their lessons.

    September 29, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  30. Randy N

    I am not fond of sex offenders,but this currant situation you have to give somthing. So set up mail boxes for them that way you know about where they live and they won't go back to prison which is over crowded anyway, I'm sorry even though they commited a crime they have done their time, and even they derserve some respect

    September 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  31. Dan Fleury

    Sex Offender status is now about the same as child rapist. No one wants them around, but no one gets involved enough to find out the details of each case. Was it a plea bargain for consentual sex with a schizo, was it a boarding room girl who was hitting on some old dude in hopes of getting out of her environment? Why do we also assume that sex offenders are men? I think that the punishment has to fit the crime. Like Vick with his Dog Fight convition, yes it's deplorable, but there has to be a point where we wash the blood off our hands and allow people who have paid for their mistakes to live the life that is due them according to the laws of our land.

    September 29, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  32. Dana Laine

    Saw the piece on Georgia's sex offenders living in tents. I'm from Kansas. Its not much different in any state. However, Kansas did refrain from making the laws about residency distance from school, parks and such, just because of the problem Georgia is having. The crux of the problem is something that CNN and all news does. Due to the sensational nature of a child being kidnapped and murdered, these stories are sensational, and people want to hear about them. But, the public has definitely got an incorrect mind set because of hearing about these relatively rare cases. (They don't seem rare, due to coverage, but in reality, compared to the hundreds of thousands of "sex offenders" imprisoned, these stranger kidnap-murder cases are rare.) CNN and even HLN has now mentioned the cases of the 17 yr old having sex with a 15 yr old. Very common, the guy gets put on the register, his life is ruined, he can't get in college or get a job. He is ostracized, and his family is ostracized. But, I don't hear about the majority. I believe, at the present time, the majority of imprisoned sex offenders are innocent. They are step-fathers, accused by an angry teen step-daughter, or a boy friend accused by a rejected girl. The other large group are fathers, brothers and step-fathers, who did do something inappropriate, usually fondling where he should not have fondled. The CNN and HLN news loves to state flatly, "the recividism rate is so high". Not true, according to all the recent studies. The recividism rate is the lowest for any of the crimes, some studies put it at 3.2%, and the worst studies put it at 10%. Studies of other criminals are at 30% recividism. The public's fearful response has caused law makers to respond by "tough on crime" laws and sentencing. I read every day of men who downloaded child porn who get 30 years in prison. Some of these men are in their 50's and 60's. The fathers and step-fathers, innocent or guilty, get from 10 years to 30 years. This is for inappropriate touching. The laws on the books now are insane. A man who may have needed counseling or therapy, who never broke a law in his life, is put away for 40 years. The ones who have only accidently brushed up against a young teen's sweater, get 5 to 10 years. These are the groups who finally get released, to live in tents or under bridges. Even in Kansas, where there are not residency laws, they can't get a job, their own children are REALLY persecuted. The whole family is hunted down by "vigilantes" and live in fear. It is stamped on driver's licenses, on license tags, "I am a sex offender". The feminist movement has greatly promoted this situation. There are women who see the feminist movement helping them, but who still love men. But, the real activists, the ones behind the making of laws, and behind promoting making men "scapegoats" of everything, they do not love men. They do not love families. They do not love.
    CNN really needs to find a brave reporter (female, a man would be murdered) who would do a REAL story of this horrifying problem in American society. The laws of what is evidence, and the rape shield laws, have made it so that the only thing that is needed is the accusation by an angry 15 yr old girl, and this guy's life is hell, one way or the other, prison, the woods, or the bridge. It is OK to murder his wife and children, anything is fair game to a man who has been accused. He has a scarlet letter, or a pink license plate.

    September 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  33. Brandy Warner

    This is getting to be outragous I have read other commets where someone said they should get the death penlity.... Well maybe some may never stop is true there is some that never did the crime to began with.
    My stepson was 17 years of age. He was called in for a polygragh. My husband and my self was told to sit in the lobby during this time he was keep in there two in a half to three hours. By the time they had let a 17 year old back to his parents they had a signed statement of a made up story just so he could get out of there. When it went to court with a court appoionted lawyer, he was told to take a plea bargain. Now he is incarcerated until 2019. He is being harass on a daily basis. He is labled a sex offender and never did a thing. A doctor came in the court and even said the girl was a virgin. He was sentence to up to 35 years on one count and up to five years on another. So there is problems with the legal system to start with. We did not have the money to get him a proper lawyer so now he is paying for a crime that never happen to start with. The court appointed lawyer never filed an appeal or anything that should have been done. So people that say little things like they never change maybe true is was a good kid still is. Just now his life is ruined over a kangoo court and a bogus plea bargin.

    September 29, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  34. Larry

    Sex Offender registrys in all 50 states are a joke!! While the concept is honarable, all they are is tools from politicians who seek votes!! "Look at me, I am telling you where the boogy man lives, so vote for me!" Also why is there no "Murderers offender list?" How come someone who actually killed someone can live anywhere they want after there sentence is completed, but someone who urinated in public has to be careful where he has to live??

    September 29, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  35. American patriot

    Male or Female sex offenders who violate and harm children should be put to death. That is America " Bea". We all have civil liberties even they did until A Violence act of conduct or crim took that freedom away. law abiding people right to protect family and property with any force necessary, now that is America. I have three children two boys and a girl and if you or anyone puts them in harms way! I will hunt you down, I will find you and I will kill you. even if my crime is punishable by death. it is people who think Criminals should have more rights than the innocent, that really mest up America and our Criminal Justice system. there for affecting due process. they done the crim so they should face those consequences that comes with the crim and maybe next time they will think. if I had it my way they would never hurt another innocent child.
    American patriot

    September 29, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  36. Shango

    I think sex offenders gave up their rights once they offended. The legal system's first priority should be to protect the innocent, which judging by the headlines today is failing miserably. My children are forced to live indoors so they are safe and protected so the offenders can have their freedoms to roam and live a normal life... What about our children's right to freedom? Why is that so unimportant?

    September 29, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  37. brea citizen

    The conduct of the state of Georgia legislature is shocking. The knee jerk reaction without thought or regard to civil liberties is (in the long term) worst than most crimes committed by most sex offenders. No one,(sex offenders included) should NOT be punished past their sentence....PERIOD! That is not how the US justice system was meant to operate. No matter what one may think of the offender, once they have paid their debt to society that is it. Sex offender laws(such as the ones in Ga.) are knee jerk reactions to henious crimes that is elementary and doesn't resolve the issue. If one were serious why not make the offender serve all of their time? Then stiffen the penalties for certain sex offenses. I am all for safety but I will not sacrifice our justice system integrity and personal freedom to do so. This opens the door to punish any offender(sexual or otherwise) long after they have served their time. The state of Georgia should take this opportunity to reshape the laws so that they are fair and constitutional; not just add to the ignorant laws already in place. I agree offenders deserve punishment but not beyond what is required by the law and constitution. It is a shame that official feed off the fears of civilians to take away freedoms and distort the law!

    September 29, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  38. Brenda sStDenis

    I believe that not all sex offenders are guilty, That is the one that were said to be before the registry was in place and maybe some after. How many have been left out of prison because of new evidence that said they weren t.? I believe they should live where they want as long as they are registered. They have their freedom and that is part of it. Choices. I am not for violating anyones rights at anytime. You cannot watch each defender. However we can watch th eyoung children and as they get older the rule for is SAFETY IN NUMBERS, Also keep thy enemies closer than my friends. To know where they are is cooperation from them. There is no real cure but those that want help in controlin controlling urges. it is available No easy fix for sure

    September 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  39. David

    Shango: you say, "My children are forced to live indoors so they are safe and protected so the offenders can have their freedoms to roam and live a normal life…"

    But you must understand the problem. The vast majority of offenses are committed by some one you know, in home or otherwise. The fact is that 95% of all new sex offenses are committed by someone not on the registry.

    Seems to me locking your children up as you say doesn't solve the problem but exposes them to it.

    September 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  40. tiffany

    i think these people should be locked in some sort of camp this way there all around other prediters like there selves and no one has to worry about these perverts hurting any1 else. i dont understand why any1 can have any pitty for a child molester or rapest and those people who do feel bad are normally sick them selves .deep down they probably wanna do what these perverts have done or they have done it but havent got cought in the act .believe me there r alot of perverts out there in all kind....look how many people have gotten arrested for either buying weird sex pictures online of children or doing other things that harm kids. people that we trust with our kids.poor or rich it dont matter. im sure there r some people that do wanna help perverts because there good caring people. but 80% i think are just sick there selves. how can u feel bad for a person that murders and molest children howwww all the molesters rapist should never be able to be among us they should be all put away together so they never hurt a kid again. what about the childs rights that molester didnt care when he or she hurt that child.so how can u care what happens to a pervert as far as im concern i wish they would lock them up and never let them out.they got no reason to be out around children.molesters dont stop molesting there pigs....so those of u who feel sorry for these perverts why dont u go put them in ur home.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:17 pm |
  41. Lars

    Shame on Rebecca Milner for only speaking against male offenders. We have a double standard in this country. Like the blonde teacher that had sex with her students and told the judge she was too pretty to go to jail and the judge agreeing. If that was a man, they surely would have given prison. To see Megan's law and others that forbid offenders from living so many feet from a school is saying this country is heading into communism and many are letting it in the name of child safety. Kids are seldom snatched from schools. Megan's law internet registry requirements are not so much that we want to know where the offender lives, but to boast what good parents we are in protecting our children. How many of us go to the store or malls and have to always look out for our kids because we don't know if someone will grab them whether they be on the Megan's list or not. We just need to instill in our kids not to talk to strangers or get in their cars. And because we already do this, internet registry is an overkill. It's proven that most offenders that have been through the system don't reoffend. But yet we keep hammering on them. I would like to know if there's a killer or dangerous gang member in my neighborhood. Why do we only attack sex offenders? Do we have deep inner skeletons that need to be dealt with? I think prison time should be used to counsel these offenders so they will be even more likely not to reoffend. They say offenders can't be rehabilitated. Well maybe not, but it can be controlled not by smearing their face on the internet, but making them go through counseling while incarcerated. Alcoholics go through rehab as with drug offenders and most get better. Molest is just another disease like these that can be treated with successful results and it's been proven. Everyone hates molesters, but they are human beings like alcoholics. Let's get them treatment and fair housing rules for their successful rehabilitation into society.

    September 30, 2009 at 1:24 am |
  42. MR.AL

    Sex offenders should be treated like the offense they purpetrated. They should live in a watched inviroment. I don't want them in my neighborhood. It's bad enough with illegal drug sales and home invasions and outher street crimes. I think castration should be considered a viable alternative.

    September 30, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  43. David

    Mr. Al: what if I said that you need to be castrated because you sound like an ignorant and hateful man, let alone a republican?

    What if 35% of all those here agreed with me?

    Would you think it fair or just? Would you submt to that?

    September 30, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  44. Charlotte

    I have read through many of the posts here. What do we do with the people who have to register that are innocent? There are people who are falsely accused and get convicted. When they are out of prison, they still have to register even though they did nothing wrong. Once they are released from prison, it is difficult for them to find housing and more importantly jobs. Without a job it is difficult to pay the rent. So they apply for government assistance and get it because programs like food stamps are income based.(This goes for those who were guilty of the crime).

    This creates a situation that tax payers are still supporting the registered sex offender. It is much better to allow them to support themselves. Even though people may not like the fact that they were convicted of a sex crime they are still supporting the person.

    Let's look at another scenario. There are people out there who do commit crimes against children but never spend any time in jail or on probation. Why does this happen? Sometimes the parents don't want to put their children through the traumatic event again so the case never gets to court. The offender in this case can get diversion which means he won't have to register and no picture on the website.

    Websites and registries do not keep children safe. The only way to keep your children safe is to know who they are with at all times. Most of the time when children are molested it is by someone the family knows such as a family member or a close friend.

    My feeling is that once someone pays their debt to society they should be able to live a normal life. If they continue to commit crimes then they should pay the price for those crimes.

    October 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  45. David

    Nice post Charlotte: nice to reason with logic and common sense. Perhaps another way to restate this is to discuss the news going on about Senator Ensein (spelling) of Neveda who cheatd on his wife, used his political influence to get the husband of the adulter a job while committing a felony and who engaged his parents to pay them off to shut them up.

    It follows the same line with Govenor Simpson of SO. Carolina, pervert Sen. Craig of Idaho who claims to have droppped a piece of paper between the stalls as to why he soloicated a homosexual activity, and Foley, the republican Rep. who solicated young pages.

    I think a lot of hate I see here comes from republican evangelicals that vote for this perfect world but their leaders are as flawed as an aerage person can be.

    If you truely are a christian then it is obvious what your duty is. It certainly is not to proclaim hate and violence. But with Russ Limbugh (spelling) and the morons on Fox News I see why there is such hate here.

    Stop it! Don't wish death or someone to be banned for ideological reasons being derived from low-life trash (as I named above) that who want to make millions from you. Don't denigrate a fellow human being, regardless of how repulsive you may think his offense is. It is God's job to judge!

    October 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  46. Trip Carl

    I am a convicted offender. I was with someone that I thought was older. I had a terrible Public Defender and did my time...history. Here's the thing...my offense was 13 yrs ago. At the time, i had to reg. for 10 yrs. but that changed. I now have a wife of 10 yrs and a 10 yr old son.I fought the court and was taken off of the registry. I was able to go to my sons school, soccer, everything. Then, because I had to register in another state for moving there for work, they r still posting my pic online. Therefore, my privileges have been pulled again. I reside in the state where i was convicted AND let off the registry. Where is the fairness in that? They say 75% of convicted sex offenders will b back in prison for the same thing within 3 yrs....im pushing 14 yrs, im 40, and i can assure you, had i thought to follow up about her age (she was in a bar) I would never have been arrested.

    October 7, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
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