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Minnesota TV reporter asks tough questions about sex offender laws

As we’ve noted before at The Watch, local news tends to sensationalize and fearmonger, especially when it comes to issues involving crime, sex, kids, drugs or some combination of the four. So it’s worth pointing out when a local news reporter does great work. Here’s some praise for Dan Hanger, a reporter for Fox 21 in Duluth, Minn., for his recent provocative and challenging series on sex offender laws. Full Article


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Beautiful article. It’s finally happening that people are becoming aware of these draconian laws let’s just hope its not to late to see change. Have faith people. Also any time we see a negative or false report send the following to the reporter it will help educate them. I really wish the media and reporters would stop publishing or producing these reports and opinions from law makers about how great sex offender registration and notification laws or Megan’s law are. They are using false statistics and pure myths to further their personal agendas under the guise of protecting children. None… Read more »

Let me get this straight…after all the low recidivism facts on recidivism the truism is that having a Registry in any form is doing the same thing and expecting different results. That being the definition of insanity then it stands as a matter of logic that the sex offender registry is insane! So what does that say about the people and organizations that support the sex offender registry? Sanity also lacking there pray-tell?

From Justice Policy Institute.
Estimated cost of SORNA .
Here are some of the estimates made in 2009 expressed in 2014 current dollars: California, $66M; Florida, $34M; Illinois, $24M; New York, $35M; Pennsylvania, $22M; Texas, $44M. In 2014 dollars, Virginia’s estimate for implementation was $14M, and the annual operating cost after that would be $10M.

For the US, the total is $547M. That’s over half a billion dollars – every year – for something that doesn’t work.

Let us hear the media boast about that.

California didn’t adopt SORNA, so seems to me a moot point. California, apparently, agrees with you that SORNA is not worth the cost. I wonder, what is the cost of implementing PC290 and what federal funding, if any, is supplied to fund that? Probably not enough, since they can’t even keep the registry up to date. I don’t think the public cares, just as it is willing to fund more wars and prisons even if it means taking funds away from other things like higher education. For what? Go figure.

Come on, something worked at a high cost but it did get many and maintained many in office! It worked for them. Just joking.

mike r, your right it does not work.

For the US, the total is $547M. That’s over half a billion dollars – every year – for something that doesn’t work.

Kudos to mike r for his post of May 20th, he has definitely nailed it.

I agree timmer. I cannot find any statistics on the actual cost of registration for CA I’ve searched everywhere and found no annual cost for CA. We need this statistics so if anyone can find it post it with the page url so that we may cite it.

Yeah, maybe no one has done that study. I imagine one would have to look at the expenses of each local jurisdiction and all the State agencies related to 290 enforcement and add them up. Although, it is is hard to believe the State hasn’t estimated that in order to apply for special federal grant money for sex offender enforcement or funds from the legislature for that purpose. It’s probably buried somewhere and doesn’t get enough hits to show up on Google or you would have to know the exact title of the study.

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