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AK: Court – Some sex offenders don’t have to register

In a decision that combined two cases pending before the court, justices said a strict reading of the 1994 Alaska Sex Offender Registration Act does not grant the Alaska Department of Public Safety leeway when determining whether an out-of-state sex crime matches an illegal act under state law.

Until the decision, it was up to DPS to determine whether someone convicted of a sex crime outside Alaska would be required to enter their names into Alaska’s sex offender database if they moved here. Now, it’s not clear what standards will be followed. Full Article

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Wow. An actual newspaper includes a line like this?

“At the time the Legislature created the registry, it was believed that sex offenders were much more likely to reoffend, and thus public awareness of sex offenders was a matter of public safety. Newer studies, including at least one published in Scientific American, have cast doubt on that idea.”

This is the reason why there should not be a registry in existence, period.

I find it interesting that in addition to questionable nature of Alaska’s current laws to cause someone who moves from another state to register, the writer also wrote about the fact that all these laws were associated with bad science, and unfounded fears. A trend of looking at the scientific data that shows low recidivism is a good sign. People coming to the conclusion that registration laws are an overreach, and that it was all based on bad information and unfounded fears is exactly what we want. It seems like every time I turn around there is more stuff that… Read more »

Sure, low recidivism will help convince people that Registries aren’t needed. But really, the recidivism rate doesn’t even matter because regardless of what the rate is, the Registries only increase it. So if the rate is 80%, the Registries increase it to 90%. If it is 3%, the Registries increase it to 5%. The simple fact is that the Registries don’t protect people. I have over 2 decades of direct, real world experience with the Registries. I have also seen the effects and lives of literally hundreds of people who are Registered. The Registries do squat that is good. Sure,… Read more »

Not the 1st time AKers rejected Washington’s byrne manipulation. I’m almost sure Alaska SC rejected the proposed implementation upon first glance. As a practical matter. The distance native AK resident’s had to travel to comply and update was unstomachable. Really not possible in many cases. They settled with less, cause their conscience wouldn’t let them put it to paper. THAT IS WHY THE AGENDA FOUND DOE. First intent filed 8\96 under Debartellio. ( “torchered history” noted early) his case went Doe….or is it DOH!!!! Precisely so no record of having to “show up in person” could be tested! All other… Read more »

There is no use for a sex offender registry. Once someone completes their jail/prison and probation/parole, that should be it! There is no use for a sex offender registry. For anyone. Not for low risk. Not for “high” risk. All the registry does is inhibit rehabilitation, inhibit one’s ability to get a job, inhibit housing, inhibit potential relationships. The registry does nothing but put people in a position that may make it more likely for them to reoffend (since they might feel that they would have nothing to lose). Of course, the legislature may have already known this — which… Read more »

Registries do make common sense and they do seem like they would be useful. However, people who are actually protecting themselves and/or their families, in actual reality, don’t have any need for Registries. Take me, for example – I could look on the Registries and see that my next door neighbor is listed on there for raping someone 15 years ago. So what am I going to do about it? Not speak to him in case he might decide to rape me? I wouldn’t let him watch my kids, probably. Take my other neighbor – I look on the Registries… Read more »

This comment will not be helpful but made me giggle at the thought. If the homeless registrants used the addresses of politicians as their “area”, like some use a walmart or similar, well it could get a bit amusing. This part of the comment is a bit more serious. If i was to guess, it’s a made up number really, 40% of my brain thinks all this registration/megans law etc. will only ever end after we go to war and target the societies children in response to our oppressed state that they will think to themselves, “hmm maybe we shouldn’t… Read more »

“…all this registration/megans law etc. will only ever end after we go to war and target the societies children in response to our oppressed state that they will think to themselves, “hmm maybe we shouldn’t do this.” Uh, yeah – no. Targeting “their children” is not going to have your imagined effect. If you were to target anyone, it should not be the children, for Christ’s sakes. They’re every bit as much victims of this insanity as we are. I’m not recommending it but, if you were to target anyone it should be the adults responsible for it. Even then… Read more »

No, leave their children, any children alone. They already expect us to go after their children, we don’t need to turn their myth into reality. The children are innocent of all this. While we are being isolated they are being herded by parents into these “child safety zones” and made to be afraid of everyone and in a sense isolated from interaction with any but known authority figures, which are most likely the ones to abuse them. The registry mobsters use the children to advance their agenda. Let’s not do the same.

This is good: “registry mobsters.”

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