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WA: Sheriff’s Seeking Input on Proposed Domestic Offender Registry [House Bill 1080 and Senate Bill 5244]

[newstalk870.am Washington State]

The Franklin County Sheriff’s office posted some comments on their Facebook page, seeking public input on two companion bills (one in House, one in Senate) being debated in Olympia.

:House Bill 1080 and Senate Bill 5244 would create a database for domestic violence offenders, similar to that which has been out for years for sex offenders. The Sheriff’s Department clarifies what the bills would do. Here’s part of that commentary:

“House Bill 1080 and companion Bill SB 5244 would mandate the registry of persons convicted of a serious violence offense against a family or household member. The “family/household” definition is a fairly long list including children, parents, spouse, ex-spouse, roommates, etc.. The bill defines “serious violence offense” as a felony domestic violence conviction, or a second misdemeanor conviction.

The law in essence would require, as part of sentencing, that the Judge require the person to register much in the same way that sex offenders are required to register now.

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HB 1080

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  1. Eric

    Awesome! When we start getting politicians on a registry then we will see things change.

    • TS

      @Eric

      Before then I bet when they are charged with felonious DV acts, then the ramifications will really start to be felt by those who are in public office, public servants, etc because of the potential consequences of a registry being part of the sentence. But it is just regulatory, right? Nothing to see here, move along.

      @Will Allen

      Well put comments on the website detailing this story!! Let’s hope they do pass it as part of the sentence because then it does show what it really is, a punishment, not a regulatory measure.

      Come to think of the other registries out there already that are not SOR related, but are DWI, DV, animal abuse, etc, do any of them come across as part of the sentence now? Does anyone know?

      From the House bill: “The establishment of a searchable public registry of serious domestic violence offenders is an important step toward preventing future victimization and reducing overall rates of domestic violence. The legislature does not intend for the registry to be punitive or an extension of punishment. Instead, it serves as a reasonable regulatory scheme designed to facilitate public access to identification and relevant criminal history information for a subset of particularly dangerous domestic violence offenders with repeated or felony-level offenses. Members of the public have a compelling interest in identifying serious domestic violence offenders so that they may make informed decisions in furtherance of personal security.”

      Well then, I have a compelling interest in those who are drug dealers, users, operators under the influence, animal abusers, those entities that violated regulations who get regulatory punishments, e.g. fines, and should be listed, e.g. those who continually pollute against those regulations that give limits of the pollutants allowed in ground water, the air, etc.

  2. Michael

    Slippery slopes.

  3. Harry

    I would like to see a crooked cop registry.

    • Michael

      The first amendment would protect the creation of a list or website for all types of civil turds, including cops and politicians.

  4. AJ

    I suspect DV is right up there with DUI as the most common crime among the “upstanding” people of our communities. From cop to judge to legislator to sports coach to principal, there will be all sorts of people showing up on this list. I mean c’mon, two misdemeanor convictions? There have to be plenty who’ve already achieved that. But what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? Who in their right mind thinks this will have ANY impact on ANYone? Somebody with anger issues will suddenly decide not to beat up his/her partner? Riiiiighhht. Welcome to the Price Club, ladies and gentlemen!

    • Will Allen

      I would hope that even Registry Supporters/Harassers/Terrorists are not even so stupid that they think their hit lists would stop people from committing a crime. I can’t imagine even many of THOSE people think that. People with brains don’t.

      The idea behind the Registries is that it warns people about people who have been dangerous in the past (or at least did something that is frowned upon). Registries are to try to help prevent those people from victimizing people in the future. And for that, Registries do make common sense. If that was all Registries did, maybe they’d be acceptable or intelligent. But of course that is not reality and Registries aren’t even needed at all. They are truly idiotic social policy, supported by idiots.

  5. Not the same

    Comparing these other registry proposals to the sex registry is really a joke. A domestic abuse offender will still be able to keep his job, travel, and not have the public scrutiny that we have.
    People just here sex offender and think “baby rapist” . It’s that thinking that keeps us in the “worst of the worst” section of society. Now if every abuser was treated like a mass murderer, then maybe it would approach our level of punishment.

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