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FL: ACLU Holds Forum on Sex Offender Registry Restrictions

This past Saturday, the ACLU of Florida held a forum on the efficacy of sex offender residency restrictions. The event, moderated by CBS 4 Reporter Jim DeFede, sought to answer the question of whether the residency restrictions imposed on sex offenders are based on evidence or politics and, more importantly, whether they are actually making our communities safer. Full Article

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I think it’s good that this group seemed to agree residency restrictions do more harm than good, however, I find it distasteful for anyone to conclude that registrants who’ve decided to quit registering become a danger to the community. What danger? re-offending? Where is the evidence to support this conjecture? Maybe they just got tired of being “tagged” and displayed as a trophy for political atrocities and decided the punishment of being a registered citizen is not any worse than the chance of going back to jail. Incidentally, anyone who supports the registry as a means of “control” for free… Read more »

They all agreed “political” and NOT based on evidence.

This is the first news I’ve heard about anyone stepping up to fight the insanity that seems to be the norm in Florida. If I lived there I’d move!

The ACLU has done little to nothing to defend the constitutional rights of registered citizens in Florida. Why are you not fighting the constitutionality of Florida’s sex offender laws? An accused, i.e. convicted, sex offender in Florida loses these constitutional rights: 2nd Protects the right to keep and bear arms. 4th Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. 5th Protects the right to due process, and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy. 6th Protects the right to confront the accuser. 8th Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment. 14th Defines citizenship, contains the Privileges or Immunities Clause,… Read more »

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