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Grassley Introduces Bill to Aid States, Public in Tracking Sex Offenders

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today introduced legislation to assist states in preventing future abuses by registered sex offenders. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act Reauthorization helps to improve tracking of sex offenders through federal support of state registries and dedicated resources to target offenders who fail to comply with registration requirements. Full Press Release

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  1. ab

    The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act is a garbage piece of legislation in a trash heap of related legislation and anyone who considers reauthorization of any of these things needs a reality check. For anyone not aware there is no proof of what happened to Adam Walsh….the fact that his father spent decades getting this crap turned into law should be enough to indicate an underlying destructive agenda being pushed through the guise of “protecting children”.

    Moreover all the other laws in various states and nationally which are named after individuals should be questioned, no, audited for effectiveness, relevancy (let’s figure out if the original arguments/research, etc used to get the laws codified were ever capable of being factual to the degree claimed), logical consistency with reality, and collateral damage done.

  2. David

    Do these asshats EVER bother to look at the facts? For example, how many new sex offenses are actually committed by Registered Citizens vs how many new sex offenses are committed by people who are NOT listed on any SORs?
    Nope, of course not!!

  3. Friend of RSOL

    Dianne Feinstein is a co-sponsor of this bill? Yikes. Seems like letters to her are in order here.

    • David Kennerly

      I have yet to receive a response to any of my letters or emails to Dianne Feinstein (or Barbara Boxer or Nancy Pelosi – my other representatives) apart from boilerplate, ‘chatty’ ones which seem to assume that my messages somehow affirmed their policies. They thanked me for my concerns which, nevertheless, went entirely unacknowledged.

    • Timmr

      Same with my letters to her.

  4. Eric Knight

    Suddenly, out of the blue, SORNA is being brought out of the Congressional woodwork. Meanwhile, “Spotlight” just won the #OscarsSoWhite award for best picture. Coincidence? Or a lot of Iowan consituents up in arms over “pedophile priests?”

    Sick, sick, sick.

  5. David H

    IML sought funding of $6-7M this is how they’re doing a back door for the rest of the funds.

    ” The federal government, through the U.S. Marshals Service, also supports states and localities in tracking down sex offenders who fail to register or re-register. Those fugitive apprehension activities were authorized under the 2006 Adam Walsh Act, and today’s legislation would extend the authorization for those U.S. Marshals Service activities at $60 million annually for each of the next two years. “

    • Katharine

      $60 million a year to apprehend people who have trouble following rules that even “Price Club” John Roberts says are hard to follow? What a colossal waste.

  6. LO

    I’m still trying to understand so much of this, as a wife of someone on the list…if this bill claims to offer federal aid to states that have yet to implement AWA/SORNA, does that mean it could possibly lead to California finally adopting a tiered system? I’m not trying to suggest this is a good thing, just curious what all this means…

  7. Stephen

    I went to the last reauthorization in Washington and No one that Opposed the act was allowed to speak.

  8. Steve

    “Preventing sex crimes, especially by known offenders, requires a team effort by law enforcement at every level.”

    Really? What’s the recidivism rate for known offenders,senator? What about unknown offenders? Why don’t we educate the public and reduce the stigma of the “sex offender” label so people will come out of the shadows and seek help before they hurt anyone?

  9. LM

    Here I was telling you people in the IML thread that this was GOING TO HAPPEN.. John Walsh always gets what he wants. Up there threatening to “name names” and so on. I guess he twisted enough arms and put on his poor kitty act until they caved once again.

    Grassley has the unmitigated gall to claim that the AWA “honors” Adam Walsh and the other victims. It does nothing of the kind, it actually defiles their memory by making their legacy stand for abuse, fraud and waste. Nothing is ever going to change until John Walsh is silenced. The unfathomable arrogance makes this man more dangerous as time goes on. Three months into 2016 and you’re hit with a ONE-TWO punch.

    Nothing is going to change until mass protests, non-compliance and sit-ins in that little memory park in New Jersey commence.

  10. Timmr

    They up there is Congress, create enemies, so they can give money to police and the military. It props up the economy with the only public works projects both sides can agree to fund. It also buys more power from the powerful police and military industries.

    • Rob

      Well the only news about Grassley is he will have his toughest fight yet to win reelection. He has a very formidable opponent running against him.

  11. mike t

    I have to hand it to John Walsh, a cunning and self-serving quasi-governmental bureaucrat, he got his way by pushing his personal agenda onto a fading political lackey. I’m just speculating, Not having read the entire bill, I can imagine there will be “Awareness” funding earmarked for NCMEC of which he is a co-founder and board member; able to channel funding for more commercials toward his television program “The Hunt”. Seems like a win-win situation to me.
    I don’t know what the statute of limitations are in Florida for sex crimes, but it would be fun to see someone file charges on behalf of his poor innocent victim (Reve), which he bragged that he suavely stole the innocence from. Give him a taste of his own medicine. Such egotistical and hypocritical megalomaniacs deserve a reality check. Not that I’m bitter, but john… “Happy Anniversary!”.

  12. Two states east

    Please read the letter written yesterday at the website With Justice for All that was sent to Grassley

  13. anonymously

    mike t wrote “I have to hand it to John Walsh, a cunning and self-serving quasi-governmental bureaucrat, he got his way by pushing his personal agenda onto a fading political lackey.”

    Walsh did his sex crimes in New York. He supposedly met his child victim at a bar. He may have been part of a sex trafficking ring there. So Walsh doesn’t name names, they gave him his own street in NY. He is a hero there. There will be no mention of Walsh’s or any of his networks sex crimes there. New York is pay to play. A rich guy wants the low levels to register for 10 more years, pay someone off. Dean Skelos did the first 10 year extension, in 2006. He got taken down for corruption. Skelos sold the american justice system down the road for a cush job for his son where his son didn’t have to work or even show up most of the time.

    • mike t

      My Bad, the comment on the article I copied below said John Walsh should be “on the sex offender registry for life, and forced to live in certain places, like under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Florida!”. That led me to believe he met her in Florida (where they did move after marriage).

      John Walsh (From his book Tears of Rage):

      “I never gave much thought to how old Reve was. She was pretty, and she dressed sharp. And there was also that body. We were starting to kind of hang around together. She took me horseback riding, and we went skiing. She was always into her own thing, and I like that. Then one night Tom Roche was sitting around in my place and picked up a copy of that day’s Buffalo Evening News. It was a picture of Reve, who had just won an art contest. ‘Holy Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,’ Tom said. ‘There is a picture of Reve in the paper, John, and she’s 16 years old.’ But you know, she had this way about her. She had a certain presence. And after awhile I just got over how young she was. She was way more sophisticated than anybody in her high school and she always dated older guys. She had a fake ID. That’s how she got into Brunner’s. She was born with high school. She was into art and her horses. And even then, she always seemed very… I don’t know, serene. We weren’t madly in love with each other. Though we had a good time together, and I relaxed a little after she turned 17.”

      Copied from:

      As you mention, even in New York it’s not inconceivable that should they vote to make low-level offenders register for five more years, that when that time expires, they won’t just reevaluate and reset the term for longer. Possibly life? Which is very frustrating to see. All because some politician recollects a tragic story with sincere tears in their eyes.

      Democrat Mary Kaminsky (D-14) submitted a formal request for a change to the state law. She’s partnered with Dave Lindsey, whose 12-year-old daughter Cheri was raped and killed in 1984. He’s recently been fighting for an end to the 20-year expiration period.

      Kaminsky wants level one offenders kept on the registry for 25 years minimum — and believes they should only be erased from the database after undergoing a mental health evaluation.

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