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IA: Bill to Require Continued Registration

… One area I have been working on in past years has to do with requiring sex offenders that have timed out of their requirement to register as a sex offender to continue to register once with the county sheriff when they have moved to a new address. This would apply to sex offenders that have moved within Iowa, or moved into Iowa from another state. Past Iowa Supreme Court precedent has regarded this type of requirement to be applied retroactively as a regulation, not a punishment. It is imperative for the protection of our children and adults both that our law enforcement be aware of the presence of past sex offenders. I will be filing this bill again this year. …

As always, I can be reached at and at 641-750-3594. Announcement

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Bill Text: House File 79


Iowa legislator wants to move the goal posts

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  1. Joe123

    Send him your thoughts on this!

    Here is my email to him just sent:

    Representative Dean,

    I am appauled by your comments regarding your intentions to have people continually Punished with registration after they have been relieved from it. This is actually beyond absurd. Once a person has completed their sentence, the state has No Right to impose severe limitations of Life and Liberty (civil rights) on a human being. Also, please stop Incorrectly referring to people that have committed a Registerable Sex Offense in their lifetime as “Sex Offenders”, as if these deranged mentally sick human beings are raping and pillaging towns in the present tense. We are Not a country of labels, nor should we be children that. Please look around and you will notice the United States has a serious Violence Problem. Lawmakers are not addressing that because, that actually requires serious solutions and thinking, instead of easy Political Points by further demonizing people in the registry.

    If you believe that registration is a “civil regulatory” matter, then they would completely go against the fact that any infractions are Criminal Penalties, not Civil ones.

    That 2003 Ruling that the registry isn’t a punishment has been proven to be Patently False, with multiple courts confirming that it IS a Punishment:

    Did the Supreme Court Base a Ruling on a Myth?

    Please do some research on Google before passing laws based on Factually False information which will just inevitably lead to costly lawsuits for the city. Here is what you must read if you actually Care about the Public that you claim to want to protect:

    According to the NCMEC map there are over 859,500 men, women and children (as young as 6, 8 and 10 in some states) required to register and the “crimes” range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone 18 years old or younger, playing doctor, prostitution, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, endangering the welfare of a child, the old bate-n-switch internet stings (taking sometimes 12 months before a person steps over the line) young guys on the autism spectrum or with intellectual disabilities and many others.

    If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 2 million wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being murdered, harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant….all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and provide the three things that professionals state are needed for successful re-integration; a job, a place to live and a good support system. Residency restrictions, ranging from 500 ft to 2,500 ft are ludicrous and not supported by the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).

    A study reviewing sex crimes as reported to police revealed that:
    a) 93% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser;
    b) 34.2% were family members;
    c) 58.7% were acquaintances;
    d) Only 7% of the perpetrators of child victims were strangers;
    e) 40% of sexual assaults take place in the victims own home;
    f) 20% take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative (Jill Levenson, PhD, Lynn University)

    The public needs to decide if they want to continue to focus on those who, for the most part, are one time offenders or if they see a greater need to fund programs like “Stop It Now” that teaches about grooming behaviors and other things in their Circles of Safety.

    Women Against Registry ~ Fighting the Destruction of Families

    To whom it may concern…

    I am emailing or posting this in hopes that it will be passed around so that I might bring to light facts and concerns surrounding a serious issue. There is an epidemic of bad policy coming from the government that is causing great harm to millions of people in this country and needs to be made public and which must be addressed.

    The fact is none of these failed policies have achieved any positive results. These laws only affect those individuals who want to be law abiding citizens and have no effect on the monsters people claim they are all concerned about…Zero effect…

    I do agree with those of you that feel that people who attack and rape children or adults should be locked up for an appropriate amount of time and subjected to intensive treatment before ever having a chance to be released,(which they are already, and the worst of the worst usually never get out), and if they re-offend lock them up and throw away the key…But do you really want our limited law enforcement resources wasted on low level offenders or would you rather have that money put into monitoring the high risk offenders and into programs that actually help prevent sexual abuse before it happens?

    These laws are absolutely useless, are a waste of tax payer dollars, and are a misplaced use of valuable law enforcement and governmental agency resources.

    Please take the time to research all the real facts and evidence on this subject and all the collateral damages to individuals and thier family members that are being caused by these laws.

    You don’t have to take my word for it, just watch what the experts say….

    Here are some facts from the leading authorities on this subject which indicate that there is no need or justification for these laws.

    California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) End of Year Report 2014. (page 13)

    Under the current system many local registering agencies are challenged just keeping up with registration paperwork. It takes an hour or more to process each registrant, the majority of whom are low risk offenders. As a result law enforcement cannot monitor higher risk offenders more intensively in the community due to the sheer numbers on the registry. Some of the consequences of lengthy and unnecessary registration requirements actually destabilize the lives of registrants and those -such as families- whose lives are often substantially impacted. Such consequences are thought to raise levels of known risk factors while providing no discernible benefit in terms of community safety.

    The full report is available online at.

    National Institute of Justice (NIJ) US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs United States of America.

    The overall conclusion is that Megan’s law has had no demonstrated effect on sexual offenses in New Jersey, calling into question the justification for start-up and operational costs. Megan’s Law has had no effect on time to first rearrest for known sex offenders and has not reduced sexual reoffending. Neither has it had an impact on the type of sexual reoffense or first-time sexual offense. The study also found that the law had not reduced the number of victims of sexual offenses.

    The full report is available online at.

    The University of Chicago Press for The Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago and The University of Chicago Law School Article DOI: 10.1086/658483

    Conclusion. The data in these three data sets do not strongly support the effectiveness of sex offender registries. The national panel data do not show a significant decrease in the rate of rape or the arrest rate for sexual abuse after implementation of a registry via the Internet. The BJS data that tracked individual sex offenders after their release in 1994 did not show that registration had a significantly negative effect on recidivism. And the D.C. crime data do not show that knowing the location of sex offenders by census block can help protect the locations of sexual abuse. This pattern of non-effectiveness across the data sets does not support the conclusion that sex offender registries are successful in meeting their objectives of increasing public safety and lowering recidivism rates.

    The full report is available online at.

    These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of conclusions and reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community.

    People, including the media and other organizations should not rely on and reiterate the statements and opinions of the legislators or other people as to the need for these laws because of the high recidivism rates and the high risk offenders pose to the public which simply is not true and is pure hyperbole and fiction. They should rely on facts and data collected and submitted in reports from the leading authorities and credible experts in the fields such as the following.

    California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB)

    Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 0.8% (page 30)

    The full report is available online at

    Document Title: Indiana’s Recidivism Rates Decline for Third Consecutive Year BY: Indiana Department of Correction 2009.

    The recidivism rate for sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%, one of the lowest in the nation. In a time when sex offenders continue to face additional post-release requirements that often result in their return to prison for violating technical rules such as registration and residency restrictions, the instances of sex offenders returning to prison due to the commitment of a new sex crime is extremely low. Findings: sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%

    Link to Report:

    CA 00.8% The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) “2014 Outcome Evaluation Report“

    CA figure 11 01.9% California sex offender management Board 2012 in looking at this one I realize that this is another attempt to increase the visual concept of a higher reoffend rate than actually exists you will note in table 11 , that there are 8490 released sex offenders and that 5870 are returned to prison or 69.1% going onto figure 11. The pie chart does not represent the 8490 but rather represents the 5870. When you take this into account and do the math. 1.9% of 5870 comes out to 111 and 111 people involved in the new sex crime, out of 8490 comes out to an actual reoffend rate of 1.3%. This is just another way that the government is using razzle-dazzle techniques. In doing their statistical analysis.!8943&cid=a754c96e86e37f71&app=WordPdf

    More state studies;

    CT page 9 01,7% And prisoners with no prior sex crime are six times more likely to be involved in a new sex crime Recidivism among sex offenders in Connecticut, State of Connecticut
    Office of Policy and Management, Criminal Justice Policy & Planning Division, February 15, 2012

    DE Table 26 03.1% REARREST 6 offenders and on table 27 3 Offenders were not found guilty of a crime that makes the percentage of people convicted of a new sex crime. 01.5%. Rearrests should never be used as a determining factor. Delaware Sex Offenders, Profiles and Criminal Justice System Outcomes, January 2008!8622&cid=a754c96e86e37f71&app=WordPdf

    IA page 7 #4 “With the overall recidivism for sex offenses as low as 2% “ Iowa Sex Offender Research Council Report to the Iowa General Assembly January 22, 2009!8618&cid=a754c96e86e37f71&app=WordPdf

    IA ARREST 02.3% page 7 Iowa Department of Corrections Report to the Board of Corrections
    Third in a series of reports highlighting issues contributing to corrections population growth April 2006 Sex Offenders!8616&cid=a754c96e86e37f71&app=WordPdf

    IN bottom of page “1.05%of identified sex offender’s recidivated for a new sex crime within 3 years.” Indiana Department of Correction Recidivism Rates Decrease for 3rd Consecutive Year!8935&cid=a754c96e86e37f71&app=WordPdf

    IA table 4 0.3% new sex crime THE IOWA SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY AND
    RECIDIVISM Iowa Department of Human Rights Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning and Statistical Analysis Center!8617&cid=a754c96e86e37f71&app=WordPdf

    MI 8/10 of 1% three-year study has come out of Michigan looking at the number of people on parole that were returned to prison for new crimes they found that of the sex offenders who were released from prison and found that they were involved in the new sexually related crime at 8/10 of 1%, or in other words, that 99.2% DID NOT Reoffend in the new sex crime. And that they had the lowest reoffend rate of all the criminal classes released.

    The full report is here

    Document Title: SEX OFFENDER SENTENCING IN WASHINGTON STATE: RECIDIVISM RATES BY: Washington State Institute For Public Policy. A study of 4,091 sex offenders either released from prison or community supervision form 1994 to 1998 and examined for 5 years Findings: Sex Crime Recidivism Rate: 2.7%

    Link to Report:

    Document Title: Indiana’s Recidivism Rates Decline for Third Consecutive Year BY: Indiana Department of Correction 2009.

    The recidivism rate for sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%, one of the lowest in the nation. In a time when sex offenders continue to face additional post-release requirements that often result in their return to prison for violating technical rules such as registration and residency restrictions, the instances of sex offenders returning to prison due to the commitment of a new sex crime is extremely low. Findings: sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%

    Link to Report:

    Once again, these are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community.

    Then we have those that are attempting to use under-reporting to justify the existence of the registry which is another myth and misrepresentation of the facts. This type of misinformation that is based on hearsay and not on facts or evidence is also being used in order to create harsher penalties or further punishments.

    These laws only effect people who have already paid for their crime by loss of their freedom through incarceration and are now attempting to reenter society as honest citizens. Once again I want to emphasize that these laws only effect innocent family members and those individuals who most just want a second chance to become a respectable, productive and law abiding citizen and have absolutely zero effect on anyone who’s interested and intent on committing a crime.

    No one can doubt that child sexual abuse is traumatic and devastating. The question is not whether the state has an interest in preventing such harm, but whether current laws are effective in doing so.

    Megan’s law is a failure and is destroying families and their children’s lives and is costing tax payers millions upon millions of dollars. The following is just one study showing examples of the estimated cost just to implement SORNA, which many states refused to do. This list doesn’t include the cost to maintain the entire registration processes for the plethora of official state and federal agencies that is a product of these laws.

    From Justice Policy Institute. Estimated cost to implement SORNA Here are some of the estimates made in 2009 expressed in 2014 current dollars: California, $66M; Florida, $34M; Illinois, $24M; New York, $35M; Pennsylvania, $22M; Texas, $44M. In 2014 dollars, Virginia’s estimate for implementation was $14M, and the annual operating cost after that would be $10M.

    For the US, the total is $547M. That’s over half a billion dollars – every year – for something that doesn’t work.

    None of these failed policies have not achieved any positive results in the US and are in fact destroying the lives of thousands upon thousands of innocent children and their families because one of their parents or family members are on such a registry.

    There has not been a single incidence in which a person was apprehended or prevented from committing a crime anywhere or anytime in this country because of any of these laws.

    Please take the time to research all the real facts and evidence on this subject and all the collateral damages to individuals and thier family members that are being caused by these laws.

    Thank you for your time.

  2. Hank

    From my back porch here in Omaha I can see Iowa just across the Missouri River. And yeh, it’s quite cold here. And each year this guy throws this out against the wall hoping it will stick. Thank you Joe123 for sending that reply !!

  3. Will Allen

    I’ll be e-mailing this scumbag a brief, concise explanation of exactly why and how he is clueless and is an immoral, un-American criminal for whom we good people should have no concern. F him and everyone who supports him.

    Everyone else – have an awesome day!

    • Facts should matter

      The more you use statistics and logic, the more they scoff and dig their heels in. I’ve never seen this level of sheer willful ignorance and emotional hysteria on ANY topic/subject.

  4. Dave

    I think its insane. I completed my 10 years registration as dictated in sentancing. I have to do it for life now? It sucks because it is punishment! I also now have full custody of my 3 children who are also punished by it! They are just starting out in school, but in the years to come they are going to have to deal woth the repercussions of this punishment. It will affect beyond me. It affects my entire family. But i guess they dont care about my kids either!

    • Will Allen

      You are correct. People who support the Registries do not care about children, especially your children. If they had their way, they would not let you live with your children or see them. It is important that you understand that Registry Supporters are not people. They are not your fellow citizens. They are people whom you should consider to be criminal enemy combatants in war. They are attempting to steal a good life from your family. True harassers who cannot mind their own business or leave other families alone.

      I’ve seen many, many children of Registrants and heard the stories of many more. I can’t recall any who are not bullied, harassed, and ostracized. That is what Registry Supporters want. Just so they can get off with their Registries.

    • ReadyToFight

      IMO, I think the fact that they gave you a Time Limit at sentencing proves that the intent to place you on the Registry in the first place was in fact to punish you. And the legal term “Administrative” is nothing more than mumbo jumbo to continue said punishment. The Legal system is a joke… a bad one.

  5. Carol

    The sex offender laws need to be updated, especially regarding the 4 year law. I have twins and when they were seniors in high school, they dated freshmen. One now has a misdemeanor charge and on the sex offender list. The other I have a grandchild that is now 11. How is this right?

    Now, because he has some anger issues, he has been in and out of prison and is now on the list until he is 60 plus. They make prison easy and when times get tough, we will just go back. Yet, we don’t help them when they come out of prison from being in a “resort” to a 1/2 way house that is almost worse than being homeless. Our system is very sad and needs an overhaul.

    • Robin

      I don’t know what state you’re in but prison ain’t “easy” in California, lady.

      • NPS

        That’s not the point she’s making, Robin. No doubt prison is tough, but compared to living outside as a registrant with all of its restrictions and the hardships they face, then yeah, prison probably is easy.

        • Robin

          @NPS Have you been to prison? Have you been to prison in California? I have and this sex offender registry is a piece of cake compared to prison. As if my neighbors give a fuck about me being on some registry. Almost every block in Richmond has someone on the registry, so they don’t worry about that shit.

        • NPS


          No I haven’t. But that’s great that you can brag about doing prison time in California so you can tell everyone else how easy they have it. You can’t compare your experience with others. So don’t try to shut down someone else because they struggle a bit more than you do.

          Yeah, I know Richmond. Worst city in the Bay Area and more crime ridden than Oakland. They have bigger problems than monitoring sex offenders. That place is a cesspool.

  6. Robin

    @NPS How could I be “shutting” someone down when you haven’t givin this woman a chance to respond? You’re so busy playing big brother, you forgot she can defend herself. FYI I said the neighbors don’t care that I’m on the list but of course, the police still monitor sex offenders, even in Richmond. Yeah, we have our problems, but care to tell me what craphole town in the valley are you living in? Because I know you don’t live in Palo Alto, Castro Valley or Marin County because most sex offenders who whine as much as you do on this forum don’t own their own home and their own business-which means broke in California.

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