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Failure to Register: Are Violations Overblown?

“As a crime of omission, each failure to report ordinary life events is an opportunity for registrants to commit a new felony.”

Over the last two decades, registration for sexual offenders in the US has become the law of the land. It seems intuitive that tracking known sexual offenders should reduce sexual abuse, but with data indicating that sexual offense recidivism is much lower than widely believed and as many as 95% of arrests for sexual abuse are first time offenders, there are legitimate controversies about the sex offender registry, as well as valid questions about how efficacious it is to register and track known sexual offenders. Full Article

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I can make a good guess what California thinks about this… apparently every time a sex crime happens near where I live.. I get questioned.. The phantom bike groper to every blurry grainy b/w surveillance picture of a “person” getting oral sex from someone showing just the back side on the photo… Yes… be scared local authorities… I am everywhere….at any time… in all parts of this city… mawhahahaha

I guess that’s an advantage to being homeless, they don’t come question me. Then again, I make up for it with my 13 times a year registration requirement.

And really, registering does what, nothing. Especially if ur homeless. They have no idea where you may be at any given time if you are NOT homeless. And these ankle monitors!!!! Cali spends 40 MILLION just to maintain these monitors and they prevent NOTHING!!!!!! The city does not require us to wear them, only if you are on parole, as far as I know. They make no sense and cost California a fortune…..My one case is 37 years old…..It is ludicrous to make me wear this thing.

I wore one for three years of parole, and couldn’t agree more. As far as them knowing where we are when they make us be homeless, I guess we should be thankful we’re not in Florida and have to go in every week to tell them where we will be for the next 7 days.

I get worried every time a child gets lost or runs away.

I used to as well…I thought “don’t let them be a sex offender”…but honestly I don’t care anymore. I am beyond caring. Those of us who jump threw the hops year after year are do everything that is asked of us only to have them pile on more regulations, limitations, and restrictions.

Let’s keep adding more and more people to this f*king list until we have everyone on it…then it will be really seen as the useless list that it is.

I would truly love to find out how many people were sentenced to more punishment (time in jail, prison, parole, probation) for FTR than for their actual crime.

Now THAT is a study I would be interested in.

I’m totally with you on this one. I think it would be staggering to see the total amount of time served by registrants who’ve failed to register and then multiply it by the $48,000/yr. that it costs tax payers for incarceration. Also consider the collateral damage to tax revenue by incarceration. Inmates aren’t able to contribute to society by paying sales and income taxes.

This registration thing has totally destroyed my once good life. Now I can guess with a high degree of accuracy what it must have been like to be a Jew in 1930s-40s Europe. Does anyone know of a country I go to where I can live a normal life. I’m prepared to renounce U.S. citizenship if I can escape the perpetual punishment, discrimination and persecution. I am getting to the age where I would be an easy mark for some vigilante. I fear living in this society and am tired of living the lie.

I concur with you guys. Truly. I mean, they can’t keep tacking on these new stipulations/laws yearly? Eventually, someone is going to break? I received Summery Probation secondary to my plea 18 years ago? The charges have all been dismissed and the plea stemmed from a massage parlor. OC comes around twice yearly like I’m America’s most wanted to see that I’m abiding by the registration requirements? Its getting old.

And yet, they want to tell you that registration isn’t punitive. This is a perfect example of how ridiculous the registry has become!

I concur. I recently saw the registration process in Santa Ana and almost passed out? THey put people in jail and process them? Thats nuts. Then, we have people literally living homeless as a result of the process, signs being posted on lawns, people banned from schools/beaches/parks and even libraries? Then, on top of that, their personal information is posted online for all to see? Oh, I forgot to mention the 1-3 percent recedivism rate? Its nuts. I honestly and truly don’t know how people (registered sex offenders) can keep a level head. Seriously. I don’t know how. As I’ve… Read more »

I was in the state of maryland and falsely arrested and charged with a 4th degree misdermenor by a woman who claimed to be my friends daughters mother . I sat in jail for months and couldnt get hold of anyone. my public defender was completely useless, I tried to fire him but he wouldnt let me. I ws so scared that he would have me convicted due to his incompitance . He finally told me that if i were to plea guilty to a misdermenor then I would be released that day and to come to his office to… Read more »

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