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Jacob Wetterling Resource Center: We Spend Too Much Money Watching Sex Offenders

Thursday was National Missing Children’s Day, a day meant to highlight the problem of child abduction.

And while there have been advancements in laws and technology to keep children safe and help families, an organization known for protecting kids thinks says we spend too much money in at least one area.

“There is huge hysteria around released sex offenders when they are not usually the problem,” said Alison Feigh, the program director at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

Feigh said children are harmed most often by people they know, trust and have access to – not convicted sex offenders. Full Article

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  1. 1

    If only everyone would look at the facts and act accordingly…it’s a shame that the ones pushing for more harsh laws are generally the ones who aren’t even affected to begin with and thus, don’t understand anything about it.

  2. The Unforgiven

    While it’s totally great to see this stuff being discussed and written about now, my first thought was “duh”.

  3. Never again

    I viewed cp. I got caught. I went to jail. I am home, I’ll never commit a sex crime ever again. I will face God asking for forgiveness and with a cleansed soul.

    • Registry Rage

      Actually, “viewing” cp is not “offending..” You committed a computer crime, not a sex crime “against” a child.

      • AJ

        @Registry Rage
        Though I like your train of thought, do you have any legal precedent to support it? From anything I’ve ever seen, viewing, possessing and distributing are all crimes against a minor/child. Just curious.

        –AJ

    • T

      Amen never again I’m a born-again Christian too and I have a clean soul Christ has change my life and I now will not hurt a child too in fact I would want to put myself in the position to where I would hurt a child but I went now now I can see how terrible was it is a very horrible thing to do but Christ has changed my life I can’t imagine how I even did it in the first place now and I would love to work with the community with their support of me showing how to prevent we need to work on prevention and if someone is a first time offender we need not to have a one-size-fits-all on punishment in some cases the punishment needs to be very severe even life on some situations but in others it could be what I got when year in an honor camp and 10 years probation some people that’s all that she needed others they might even be more but regardless once they are released from custody they need to have the support of the community to change their ways and prevent them from doing it again not a bunch of strict regulations that take away their constitutional rights it’s proven that that actually makes them reoffending more because they are alienated by society and can’t get jobs it even make them commit some other crime besides reoffending they might go into drug dealing forgery stealing cars breaking into houses just to make ends meet because they can’t get jobs prevention that’s what we all need to come together

  4. Registry Rage

    If community notification, SORNA didn’t exist, children would not be less safe. Cops WANT parents to live in fear in order to protect their cushy pie jobs while spewing toxic carbon monoxide in the air doing “compliance” checks.

    Anyone that claims to be a “child safety advocate” is waging a misguided and misdirected crusade.

  5. T

    These so called child safety advocates always make the assumption about children that go missing are kidnapped for sex trafficking, and sexual abuse, when they could be runaways and living homeless out in the streets.

  6. Michael

    “There is huge hysteria around released sex offenders when they are not usually the problem,”

    Repulsive. The Wetterling’s were paramount in the creation of federal legislation that allowed states to unconstitutionally watch sex offenders. They created that hysteria. They are responsible for the registries. They don’t get a do-over. If they want to make reparations, they can do so by spending every dime of every donation they get to repeal the laws. Insignificant commentary by the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center does not get anyone anywhere.

    ….

    • Registry Rage

      Right! It’s too late for them to backpedal now. The damage has already been done. Undue and untold irreparable harm actually.

      The online registry is just a bad idea that gained momentum because the Internet was in it’s infancy at the time, but the Internet was NEVER meant to be used in this fashion – to exploit actual safety and security, for perceived “safety” for parents.

      It’s a shameful and cancerous boondoggle.

    • AJ

      @Michael
      +1 re: Wetterlings.

      Maybe they should spend some of their clout and capital (both political and financial) and file some amici briefs with courts when helpful cases come up. That would be one way for them to put their money where their mouths are. So step up JWRC, file an amicus if/when Snyder, Werner, and the MN SOTP challenge get taken up by SCOTUS.

      I’m heartened that Patty Wetterling says things have gotten off the rails, but as Registry Rage says, it’s too late to backpedal now.

      • But would that work?

        But if they did that, wouldn’t they potentially be at a loss of any government grant funding, etc if they actually said that to a judicial body via paperwork? Doesn’t matter if it is the right thing, but think about biting the hand that feeds them. Now it is out in the public eye with what they said, so how far will it go to help?

      • Timmr

        If they really believed the registry was going off track, they could have made amends by standing before Congress with a registrant family in tow, who have suffered under these laws, and have urged Congress to not reauthorize the Adam Walsh Act. A victim of vigilantism would be perfect to bring to testify. Pull on their heartstrings, if they have any, just like was done when they were victims of crime and stood before Congress begging for these laws.

        • AJ

          @But… & Timmr
          Oh I agree wholeheartedly with both your posts. I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in h*ll they will ever do what I said. I was merely offering a method of even an inch of atonement for the Pandora’s Box* they unleashed on RCs.

          –AJ

          *Remember, there was one thing left in the Box once it had been dumped: Hope. I cling to that.

      • Michael

        Couldn’t agree more.

  7. Chris F

    As far as I am concerned, they are taking a neutral stance by just saying the money and attention to those who previously committed a sex crime is being wasted.

    They need to say the complete and real truth.

    They need to say that any Sex Offender law puts more children at risk than it helps, and effectively de-rails our exiting criminal justice system. Prior to this Sex Offender hysteria created in part by the Wetterlings, a Judge could tailor punishment, rehabilitation, and protecting the public to each individual offender. Now that the Legislative Branch has taken over that job, it’s a one-size-fits-none broad approach to treat everyone as the worst case scenario possible.

    Thanks to these broad, arbitrary, and draconian laws, families don’t turn in other family members out of fear that the primary bread winner will be forever unemployable and unable to find housing for the family. This just puts more and more children at risk. Taking away a person’s ability to re-integrate with society (like every other criminal) also puts more kids at risk as it increases the likelihood of recidivism.

    All those involved with creating and pushing these laws through need to share in the responsibility for all the kids that are getting hurt from it. They are the ones that people should fear and put on a “registry”.

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