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OR: Lawmakers debate proposal to add sex traffickers to public registry

Should more sex offenders be listed on Oregon’s public sex offender registry? State lawmakers discussed the topic on Thursday as they considered a bill to add convicted sex traffickers to the state’s public website. Full Article

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So placing people who looked at inappropriate photos or peed near a park is somehow ‘Useful’, but sex traffickers, people that are part of organized crime are NOT even on the registry? This is the definition of Insanity. I agree that it’s good of ACLU to push back on adding anymore people to the registry, but this strategy may not work. Sex traffickers are the worst of the worst as far as I am concerned, how easy is it going to be to convince lawmakers to not add them to the registry?

What DOES make sense is for ACLU and our organization to argue to remove Non-contact offenders from the registry to start with, and shorten the registration time for contact offenses. First time contact offenders could stay on for, let’s say 5 years, while repeat can stay on for 10 years. I mean it’s either we reform the registry or abolish it completely which would be ideal, but a bit unrealistic right now. We have not ‘chipped-away’ at it enough to dismantle it. You can’t topple something of this magnitude that quickly. If you ‘ease’ the public and lawmakers into the removal of offenders based on empirical evidence, then you can eventually dismantle the whole scheme. That just my thinking based on my understanding of the psychology of people. Toppling the registry is a dream and just the right thing to do, but it’s highly unlikely at the moment. Chipping away at it every year is very realistic. This is what’s going on now. The residency restrictions are being eliminated. Ex post facto is being challenged and removed. Next the non contact first time offenders should be removed so that law enforcement can align resources to people with a higher priority. Eventually you can cut down on registration time for the remaining levels of offenders and do away with the registry or most of it. Correct me if I’m wrong…

You make a good point, and I am one that falls into this category. Non-contact offenses should not require registration to begin with, though I believe that NONE of us should be required to register.

Taken from ‘Life’s Too Short’. Point being, lists are very important

Liam Neeson (pulls out list): Here’s some of the stuff I’d like to work on: improv, standup comedy, funny monologues, crazy characters, sketches, slapstick, anecdotes, parody. Yeah?

Ricky Gervais: Yep.

Liam Neeson: You noticed this list, huh? I’m always making lists. In fact, that’s probably why Steven Spielberg cast me as Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List. I said, ‘Steven, I make lists all the time’. And he said, ‘That’s exactly what I’m looking for.’

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