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There are now more people on sex offender registries in the United States than there are in jail

[ – 6/8/18]

While its tempting to say mass incarceration is shrinking (albeit slightly), it might be more accurate to say it is morphing.

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  1. Eric

    Sure, all of us that have been drug through this nightmare know it is about the cash cow. A person labeled an SO becomes and ATM machine for countless people and departments. Every step of the process from getting the attorney, to court, to GPS monitoring, to incarceration, probation, polygraphs, treatment programs, computer monitoring, and those profiting from the registry itself. Tens of thousand of dollars, all savings and retirement are depleted and given to these vipers. And the main reason we are targeted is because we are easy, we are compliant, we let them take everything because we have regret for our actions. Name one instance where an SO has been violent and attacked or retaliated. It happens all the time in all other areas of the justice system, but rarely with us, so this is one reason we are targets, we are easy game and easy profit.

  2. Chris F

    What this points out is that the legislature has unconstitutionally violated the separation of powers by creating a scheme of punishment and supervision that is completely out of the control of the judiciary and over 100 years of rules the judiciary has to ensure fair treatment.

    The judiciary’s defined role is to ensure a fair an impartial trial, rehabilitate, punish, and protect the public from the offender.

    As the code states:
    18 U.S. Code § 3553 – Imposition of a sentence

    (a)Factors To Be Considered in Imposing a Sentence.—The court shall impose a sentence sufficient, but not greater than necessary, to comply with the purposes set forth in paragraph (2) of this subsection. The court, in determining the particular sentence to be imposed, shall consider—
    (1) the nature and circumstances of the offense and the history and characteristics of the defendant;
    (2) the need for the sentence imposed—
    (A) to reflect the seriousness of the offense, to promote respect for the law, and to provide just punishment for the offense;
    (B) to afford adequate deterrence to criminal conduct;
    (C) to protect the public from further crimes of the defendant; and
    (D) to provide the defendant with needed educational or vocational training, medical care, or other correctional treatment in the most effective manner

    Obviously, the treatment of the legislature to those committing whatever they determine is a sex crime unconstitutionally gets to bypass all of these rules created to ensure justice.

    • Eric

      I read this and am totally dumbfounded. It is right there in black and white. The very guidelines of the justice department that are being totally violated. A blanket punishment for life for all person even remotely associated with the category is not in line with US 18 3553. How can the supreme court possibly look at this and say the registry fits this? It is total fraud and deception. There has to be a way to break this.

    • Facts should matter

      The registry isn’t custody, nor is it confinement, but you can bet your ass it IS containment.

  3. Janice Bellucci

    It is shocking and unconscionable that there are more people on the nation’s sex offender registries than there are in prison. In fact, this is doubly shocking because our nation already has the highest incarceration rate of any nation — by a large measure. The silver lining to this dark cloud is that as the registrant community grows in number, it is also growing in power. Given that there are at least 900,000 people on sex offender registries, we can project that there are about 5 million people who are affected by the continued punishment doled out by the registries. We need to act together….to sing one song….so that we can be heard by elected officials and policy makers throughout the U.S.

    • kind of living

      @ Janice you are right to the 10th degree .while it is hard to see the silver lining none the less it is still there , the song wont hurt anyone but at this point we need a full box office sell out movie lol many of these judges are playing there own song and that’s all many want to hear . wanting us to provide evidence how this registry is stupid to say the least considering what is in news papers about RC’s Being stocked killed and harassed , you know these things of course . but how is it that the higher courts not getting this picture with out having to present such foolish evidence when it right there all over the country ? even LE says we are stocked and murdered how is that not evident ? wow its a good day to be alive sure hope it stays that way my friend we are all targets and even if we don’t all love each other as we should one thing is for sure we love you Janice your friend KF

    • CR

      It may be that the term “Jail” in the tweet is referring to county jails only, not to include state and federal prisons. I’m supposing this because BJS statistics from 2013 show that there were over 2.2 million people incarcerated in prisons and county jails at the time. That is much greater than the 900,000 on sex offender registers.

    • No more bending over

      Janice, I can’t carry a tune, but I can sure carry a torch! I say dondonsing to them, because most are deaf. I prefer to punch them in the gut. That should get their attention. As a 15 yr veteran of U.S.N. special operations, I am waiting for someone to approach me. They can have their family claim what is left.

  4. mike r

    “We need to act together….to sing one song….so that we can be heard by elected officials and policy makers throughout the U.S.”
    This statement is great, how about jumping in on my case and help put an end to this once and for all????????? I am in the discovery process and have my RFAs ready to go and no answer on the partial motion to dismiss yet, which is taking an unusually long time, and no matter what claims 1-5 are moving forward as soon as that MTD is decided. I am game for assistance as stand by or as amicus curiae.

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