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CO: The flaws in Colorado’s sex offender registry

The state’s sex offender registry informs me of an allegedly dangerous man living within a mile of my house who was born in 1927.

That’s right: This 90-year-old who committed his crime in the last century is still required to tell the state of his whereabouts on the theory that the information will assist local police in identifying suspects for sex offenses and allow nearby residents to take precautions.

But of course the rate of sex offenses among nonagenarians is virtually zero, even when they have a felony in their past. This man’s presence on the registry reveals one of several weaknesses of the list, and why it is much less useful than it could be for both police and public. Full Article

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  1. AlexO

    Not a bad article but can we stop with “some people deserve to be on the registry”? If someone is that dangerous, they shouldn’t be out of incarceration, let alone supervision. If you’ve been deemed as having fully completed your sentence, you should be completely done with everything. Period. You can’t be like “Whoa, man. You can’t imprison someone forever for X crime because that’s wrong. But a flashlight up your butt for the rest of your life is okay because you’re dangerous.”

    When I lost my home of over 20 years because of being on the registration I couldn’t find another place to rent, because of my registration, despite having near maxed out credit rating and a stable, well paying job.

    I finally was able to purchase a home instead, but the recent wildfires had me thinking. If my home was destroyed, where could I find a new place to live, at least while my home is rebuild? I’m willing to bet I’d have an even hard time than before, again because of my registration.

    If you’re going to prevent me from the basics of living a normal life (fine, I can’t have a gun, I can’t hold a high office), then just jail me. I’m tired of not even being able to do something as mundane as regular travel without needing to research the laws of every town I may pass through. My wife wants to go back to Vegas but I don’t know if I want to. Do we only stay there for a blip? Do I take the risk of not registering with them? Do I register with them but take a risk of possibly forever remaining on their registry despite future outcome of the laws in my home state (see FL, NY)?

    • TS

      @AlexO

      Spot on! If they are that bad, then there are other ways to deal with them but a registry as a one size fits all is bunk. Done is done.

    • Tim L

      Everyone want to believe the SORs were about safety. What ELSE was at stake in Smith V Doe!
      The DATABASE , and gov’ t use thereof. We can surely see the Gmen using it today. Hell they’ve even taken over certain databases/ websites to get at those maintaining and using the databases.

      In Doe electronic broadcasting of felons by the state even those already convicted persons was upheld. This too is “use”. The people went even further! They started with the child molester and child rapists. J. P Stevens pointed that out,’ “That you apply it to them, And only them is

    • AJ

      @AlexO:
      “I can’t hold a high office.”
      —–
      What are you talking about? You could become president!
      =====
      “My wife wants to go back to Vegas but I don’t know if I want to. Do we only stay there for a blip?”
      —–
      Stay less than 48 hours.

      • AlexO

        LOL No kidding on the President.

        But that’s what I mean on Vegas. We both want to go back to Vegas for a Star Trek con. But the show is 5 days long. It’s BS that we have to jump through hoops for simple travel.

        If were to do something and be arrested, not like the registry is going to play any roll in that. Even if I do something and not get caught before leaving the state, what is the registry going to accomplish for those 5 days that I register in and then out?

        • TS

          @AlexO

          Live long and prosper while having fun in LV. Do what you need to do to enjoy it without continually looking over your shoulder.

        • AJ

          @AlexO:
          Risking a FTR for a couple extra days of a ST con is not logical. (Homage to the late Leonard Nimoy.) I guess I suggest looking a little deeper into the NV laws. I know there’s a 48-hour window before registration, but what sort of break is required before that clock resets? Can one visit multiple times in a year, or is there a cumulative effect as exists in other States? Can one stay overnight outside NV (in CA or AZ) and dive-bomb in every day? Maybe you could do a hybrid of that, staying overnight in LV, then overnight in CA/AZ, then overnight in LV some more? Just brainstorming, and since I haven’t pored over NV’s laws, I have no idea as to the feasibility of any of it. Or, if NV allows you to de-register and get dropped from their ML site, it may simply be the least stressful path to pursue, regardless the hassle.

          Were I wanting to attend all 5 days, I would avoid anything and everything that can identify my location. That means no cell phone (battery pulled or left home), no credit/debit cards, perhaps no laptop (again, pulled battery for safety), probably no taking of photos with me in them (and geo-tagging turned off), and certainly no social media postings. I would leave all these things exclusively to my wife, creating indication that she–and only she–attended. If I happened to wear a costume that includes masking my face…even better! Or if I want these things along, I’d only use them the last 47 hours I’m in NV (NV…not LV). Even with all this, I think I’d still seriously consider staying outside NV for one of the nights. Maybe a side trip to Zion or something would be in order.

        • David Kennerly, Life Spent On A Shelf

          It’s SO not worth it! Vegas sure as hell isn’t worth it (yuck!) and Star Trek conventions really aren’t worth it, even if they aren’t as pathetic as they are commonly imagined (I don’t know, having never been to one, but that is certainly the popular prejudice).

          I was forced to endure a week of Las Vegas each and every year for twenty years due to attending the NAB convention. Let’s just say, it’s charms are entirely lost on me.

        • AlexO

          Just like the misconception the public has about SOs, the same is true for Star Trek and many other things. For the most part, it’s all regular people with different interests. An ST fan dressing up and attending conventions isn’t any different than people going to ComicCon or sports fans gathering for a tailgate and then watching the game. They’re all gatherings of fans, and non of them predominantly have weirdos with horns and drool seeping out of the side of their mouth. I try not to judge people on their interests as long as it doesn’t involve hurting others. We all have different interests that bring joy to our lives.

        • David Kennerly, Life Spent On A Shelf

          Well, I’m not advocating putting Trekkies in prison 🙂

          But you’re absolutely correct. My apologies to anyone I may have offended.

        • AlexO

          @AJ, So what you’re saying is there are no real disabilities in traveling as an SO? 😛

          I considered all of these things, and frankly the stress of this circus is simple not worth the trip.

          If we do go, I’ll likely just list everything under my wife’s name and be a ghost. We won’t be going until 2019 so well see how things shake out in the next two years. You never know what might happen by then.

        • AJ

          @AlexO:
          Yes, nothing but a bunch of hoops, just like signing up for the Price Club.

          Up two years away?! Plenty of time for Federal Courts to rule on a number of cases affecting this!

          =====
          “They’re all gatherings of fans, and non of them predominantly have weirdos with horns and drool seeping out of the side of their mouth.”
          —–
          I refer you to the Raider Nation….which, somewhat ironically, is relocating to LV.

  2. AJ

    Keep those op-ed pieces coming, media outlets! Bring the discussion to the forefront. Cast light on the lies. Thank you, thank you!

  3. someone who cares

    There is so much wrong with this system, and a lot has to do with the media that hypes up everything, and the American Public follows it like a puppet and repeats it like a parrot, without an opinion on their own. Look at the latest hype of all these women, all of a sudden, coming forward claiming they were sexually assaulted or harassed. Really? A lot of them signed what is called a NDA ( non disclosure agreement ), and they received money to keep quiet. Really? You can’t report a rape because you signed a piece of paper? And why would you sign such a piece of paper in return for money in the first place? I would run as fast as I can if someone offered me a position and paid me money to keep quiet. Even doctor’s are exempt from their confidentiality oath if someone were to disclose to them they were about to commit a crime. So, obviously, all these women took the money and did not care what. they signed, because money talks. If they were raped and reported the crime, I doubt any LE would tell them they were now in trouble since they signed a NDA ( Non Disclosure Agreement ). These women are full of it, and they know it. How can anyone believe them and feel pity for them? When the money was good, they were ok, and it didn’t seem important. Why does the Media spread this nonsense, and why does the public not see the truth? “Me, too” are you kidding me? Also, if the old President Bush is accused of sexual assault because he grabbed a woman’s butt, we are really as stupid of a Nation as I think we are. What a bunch of uneducated stupid people this country has created. If any other country hears that President Bush sexually assaulted someone, surely they believe he raped and beat a woman. I would file a defamation lawsuit if I were George Bush. Vent over.

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