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Justice Department Announces $17 Million In Awards To Support Sex Offender Registration, Assessment, Intervention

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced more than $17 million in Fiscal Year 2015 grant assistance for states, territories and tribal governments to use in implementing and enhancing sex offender programming throughout the United States. Full Article

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  1. Harry

    More money wasted on worthless AWA and I wonder how much JW had to with this money grab. That will be 17 million donuts, at a buck a piece.

  2. ab

    And that’s 17 million dollars that could have been put to better use.

  3. mike r

    The difficult challenge monitoring sex offenders. Hmm maybe you stop doing it and use the money somewhere that it might actually help someone

  4. PR

    Complete waste of funds!

  5. Double A

    I think they need to change their name from SMART to something else.

    Did I read the article correctly? It mentioned something about high recidivism rates… I wonder where they got their numbers?

  6. Nicholas Maietta

    Today, a man in Fresno was sentenced to just 9 years in state prison for the murder of a toddler.

    Every single day, children are bullied, beaten and murdered.

    There is NO murderer registry in nearly all states. Why not?

    • Janice Bellucci

      CA RSOL does not support creation of a registry for those convicted of murder or any other crime. The current registry for “sex offenders” is the prime example why we do not. That is, registries create a false sense of security for the public and deny hundreds of thousands of people their civil rights as guaranteed by the state and federal constitutions. As my grandmother said often, two wrongs do not make one right.

      • David

        Thank you. That is the most principled position to take. The ‘registry’ concept is a horrible, terrible contrivance to impose a caste system upon society. We must be either free or not free.

      • CA

        I am confused, CASOMB said in 2010, that they recommended the state of California NOT implement SORNA. The reason in particular, that the SARATSO testing was a very good tool, in testing the recidivism rate amongst RSOs in California.
        My main concern is for those of us who receive a certificate of rehabilitation, and if they do implement SORNA, they will make us register again, under SORNA guidelines.
        SORNA is controversial, as far as i understand. From my research over the last several years, is that SORNA is a nightmare for RSOs from states that have chose to implement the law.

      • Eric Knight

        While I don’t speak for Nicholas, I believe his comment was made to illustrate the absurdity of the registry as it monitors people who have been proven not to be dangerous, while essentially hiding those who’ve committed far worse crimes. I myself have made such arguments as Nicholas. I do agree that no registries should be allowed at anytime in any case.

  7. Robert Curtis

    We ladies and gentlemen have the resources and power to effect changing/stopping these kind of policies. I am currently training those interested in hitting communities right at their core. It’s a grassroots program that has affected elections for our good. WATCH OUT ELECTION 2016!!!! Come with me and become a trainer and advacate for change directly in your area among your local officials. My aim is to spread a civil rights constitutional net across the whole state of California. Be the change you want to see and join our efforts forward. I’ll be training you to use a skill that will make you income as one of the three components the program. As our numbers grow so grows our strength. Crazy but the Registry list may just become the source to it’s own demise. Robert Curtis (949) 872-8768.

  8. G4Change

    Does anyone know: does this announcement by the Justice Department mean that John Walsh got what he wanted from his recent lobby of Congress where he threatens to “name names.” Or is this unreleated?

  9. Robert

    Unrelated. This is the DOJ’s end of fiscal year great money giveaway to law enforcement. This is FY 2015 money that will expire on Sep 30 2015. This DOJ spending their excessive FY 2015 budget to zero. DOJ also gave away $44 million to law enforcement and others for “combating human trafficking”
    Link: https://www.fbi.gov/seattle/press-releases/2015/attorney-general-lynch-announces-44-million-in-grant-funding-to-combat-human-trafficking-and-support-survivors
    Note that $1 million went to the International Police Chief Association and the majority goes to law enforcement.

    • G4Change

      Thank you for the explanation, Robert. I’m still hoping Congress slams the door in Walsh’s face!!!

  10. CA

    I am amazed that all my fellow RSOs, do not have a opinion on my post. aren’t any of you guys worried that it might come to our state??? thats why i posted it. for other views and opinions. please respond ;]

    • Timmr

      What I would worry about is if a form of SORNA came by voter initiative. Isn’t this possible? Better start focusing on educating the public. In that direction is our greatest danger. Our legislature stopped an earlier version of Jessica’s Law, residency restrictions, and the Adam Walsh Act, and by a Quirk, stopped the internet identifier part of the CASE Act from being reinstalled. They, the legislature, are not our biggest threat, in my opinion. The legislators are really not leaders, as seen with the internet identifier bill, many will follow what they see as the public perception made manifest in a proposition, even if they don’t agree with it.

    • Timmr

      P.S. I am not an RSO. I am a registered citizen, if you must give me a label.

    • steve

      There is already some precedence for your concern. A case in Ohio:

      http://www.courtnewsohio.gov/cases/2012/SCO/1206/125753.asp#.Vgm0zekuK1n

    • Mjk

      I believe that many states have been reluctant to adhere to SORNA or AWA due to money. I believe there was something about the amount of money which the federal government is offering to each state to put these laws in place (or the penalty for not putting them in place) is very minimal and not cost-effective enough for most states to consider them. I’m sure there’s a lot more to that story though.

      Bueller?

  11. Meme

    Our money should wisely be spend in other way. Prevention, in other way and shouldn’t it better it, go to reform.
    We need to have our voice heard, by those we elected. Is a good start. Not a easy one I may say. I called my Congressman, from my district. To have been told he had other pressing matter at this time.
    That my issue was not at this time.
    He will hear from me again for sure. If not now when his term is done, and when he needs mcalling. Mean while I will keep calling , because it important.

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