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MO: Missouri’s dubious export: Sex offenders

Missouri treats all sex offenders living outside of prison as harshly as some states punish their highest-risk sexual predators.

Missouri’s one-size-fits-all approach sends hundreds of sex offenders to Kansas, Illinois and Arkansas. Just across the state line, some find relief from the 1,000-foot residency restrictions. Others even end the shame of public registry. Full Article

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It’s a lengthy article that covers a lot of ground, but it’s not difficult to identify the not-so-subtle biases and inferences. Such as: “Sex offenders do shop around,” said Paula Stitz, who runs the State Sex Offender Registry for the Arkansas Crime Information Center. “It’s been my experience and the experience of other state-level managers. I had actual telephone calls and them telling me that they are shopping around.” And so what?? If you were anyone else considering relocating (e.g., school teacher, surgeon, retiree, etc), wouldn’t you look for a place that offers the best quality of life? “Sex offenders… Read more »

The article says that many Missouri registrants migrate to other states because of Missouri’s harsh registration requirements. It also says some have even migrated to Mexico. I wonder how they managed that, and how recently.

Arkansas residential information is not as detailed, going only up to a block level.

“I think legislators’ thinking in that was that if the public knows where the exact address is, there would be some type of harassment,” Stitz said.

Wow, Arkansas is the state that realized that listing everyone to their exact address would cause harassment? I now take back everything I ever thought about that state.

Such a reaction reminds me of the old adage, ..fight or flight. He could have used his right to trial in registration cases. It is aweful……cathartic. Believe me when I tell you the DA will pick what he thinks is low hanging fruit. But not if you are honest! One can make serious headway with the jury (aka ) of one incriminate the RAw political motivation to get reelected . State’s position hinges on HUMANS DON’T LEARN. To presume that as fact defies natural law. It is possible to call witnesses in your defence. If you live in a state… Read more »

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