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NC: They never asked for $500,000 — but they got it. N.C. spending gets little scrutiny

North Carolina’s new budget includes $500,000 in taxpayer money to keep better track of sex offenders by cataloging where they work, what cars they drive — even where they are known to travel.

But the state agency that oversees the current tracking system never asked for the money. And the lobbying group for the state’s sheriffs learned about the plan only shortly before the budget was approved. Sheriffs are tasked with monitoring offenders. Full Article

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  1. David

    “… and places they are known to frequent.” So now we’re being surveilled to record where we go? The Registy Gestapo have begun building dossiers on each of us??

    And still, the overriding question remains: Have registries been proven to be effective in reducing the number of sexual offenses? No!

  2. Nicholas Maietta

    Almost makes me wish i started a national registry of people to collect big money from the government, then promptly take it down then donate that money to ACSOL.

    • AO

      I always pondered starting a registry with every politician’s and judges home address. The public have a right to know. Surely they’re not worried about being exposed to violence and harassment.

  3. TS

    Ah, the power of the lobby and politics behind closed doors. Have to wonder if the folks at NARSOL know of this since they are tight with NCRSOL?

    • Lovecraft

      They are indeed aware of it. I talked to one of the board members today

  4. Facts should matter

    McNeill, a former chief deputy for Randolph County’s sheriff’s office, then secured the provision in the budget bill.

    ^This is all you need to read from the article.

  5. dsdaughtry

    It may sound a bit ridiculous, but perhaps Nicolas may have an ingenious idea? Why not create a company, owned and operated by registered offenders, that develops and produces a national registry standard?

    At least this group would be the best qualified at putting out the correct information as required by law and the government would have to send a check to the very group of people it targeted in the first place. Sounds like poetic justice to me?

    • David Kennerly, The Government-Driven Life

      Why would we want to create a “national registry standard?” Is our aim to improve the Registry thus making it more impervious to elimination, to future-proof it and to congratulate its proponents that it is an idea worth enshrining in perpetuity or is it to tear it down? By “improving” it, we are doing their work for them and tacitly supporting its continued existence.

      • dsdaughtry

        David,

        I share your sentiments. However, if you really want to make something go away quickly is to allow “us” to create a landscape we can exploit and destroy along the way.

        Naturally, elimination is the ultimate goal. However, to be realistic, the registry is not going away anytime soon – thanks in part to fear and states realizing a potential cash cow as the registry grows. At least, at a minimum, facilitate some professional insights by those directly affected by the registry and perhaps make a mint-load of money along the way to spend on anti-registry legislation. At least we can help build it and possibly remove it all while making some profits along the way. At least that is the way Congress does it?

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