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Sex Offender Registries Don’t Keep Kids Safe, But Politicians Keep Expanding Them Anyway

The first time ____ ____ got evicted was in 2015. He was living with his wife and two sons in suburban Nashville when his probation officer called his landlord and informed him that Winters was a registered sex offender.

The previous year, when he was 24 years old, ____ had been arrested for downloading a three-minute porn clip. The file description said the girl in the video was 16; the prosecutor said she was 14. He was charged with attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and, because he had used file-sharing software to download the video, attempted distribution of child pornography.

Winters had no criminal record, no history of contact with children and no other illegal files on his computer. Facing an eight-year prison sentence, he had taken a plea deal that gave him six years’ probation and 15 years on Tennessee’s sex offender registry.

The day after his landlord found all this out, ____ found a letter on his porch giving him and his family 72 hours to move out. He ended up in one homeless shelter, his wife and sons in another.

He had no idea that it would be the last time he would ever live in a home. He has been sleeping in shelters, halfway houses and parked cars ever since. Full Article

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1. Easy votes for useless morons who want to keep their political seats.
2. Easy for news media to fan the flames because it means ratings.
3. Fear mongers who have a lot to hide about themselves.

Good article in general.

I’d like to see some studies further delve into recidivism, specifically around those registered for misdemeanors or who did not go to prison or jail. This article implies that all registrants have gone to prison – I’d like to know the stats on this.

It was never about kids it was about potential database machines use by g-men.

If indenture is humanly acceptable then the sky is the limit with respect to GOV USE OF the machines.THE SCAPEGOAT FOR ELECTRONIC DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE SAINTS AND MASS COLLECTION OF CITIZENRY BIOMETRIC DATA. Still is working for that undisclosed purpose, retribution AND affirmative disability and restraint.

Human sexuality is a difficult drive for most people. It is the rare person who finds their childhood sweetheart, marries them and lives happily ever after enjoying a lifetime of intimacy with their loved one. For most humans, their sexuality is a journey of trying to balance a compelling intrinsic drive with social norms. It is inevitable that people are going to make mistakes and show poor judgment in this area. I made a very poor choice many years ago, it was a non-contact offense. Prior to that I was regarded as a respectable member of society and modestly successful.… Read more »

I could have written the same 2 paragraphs!

NoteasilyOffended…that is the tragedy of it, there are thousands of us with the same story.

Eric, Very well said. It was like reading a story that drew me in immediately. Short and poignant and honest. Might you consider posting this in response to news articles. Or sending to the editor of the news organization. Or let me plagiarize it – ish 🙂 ( “ish” because not quite as my own as I am future registered family for now) As I learn how to communicate about this issue your post gives me insight. Something that gets to me and on a further point of yours, is the power of the computer. It is so ignored by… Read more »

@ MP thank you for the compliment. Feel free to use it as you will. We are all in this together.

Eric – I hear you. Unfortunately as most of us who scroll through the ACSOL website now know either after yourself or your loved one made this mistake how horrendous the registrant and the family that supports the registrant lives have become. But let us remember that some states are pushing to expand new registries that will include people who have been convicted with animal cruelty… So dog fighting may not be a crime that will keep one off a registry. (hee,hee) However, I highly doubt (and hope) that the Animal Cruelty registry will not become like what our Registrants… Read more »

Listen Eric, everyone knows that what is happening and has happened to you has been a Crime…perpetrated against you as a person and against the people you love and that love you. It is a Crime, cruel and unrelenting…. Sigh, but there is nothing I can do for you, as wrong as the wrong you are suffering is, I am made helpless and this makes me angry also. I’m sorry. I wish the United States were a different place…but it isn’t. Good luck…in life, (and in containing your rage…I myself am having trouble with this having read your story….Damn.) Best… Read more »

@ James and Anonymous…this year we will be over one million people on the registry, that plus all our family and friends that know we are good people. This is a considerable political power. We just have to keep pushing against this thing and I believe it will happen. Janice and ACSOL have had huge victories in California, and I see many victories across the country. Stay strong and united.

@Laura, well said, keep speaking out.

@Laura…I was being deeply sarcastic with the dog fighting comment. I am a lifetime animal lover and would never conceive of such a thing. I was just mocking the justice system and looking for a little emotional reaction.

WI had a drink driver registry. Cops use it as probable cause and I’ve heard of few DUI cases arise from FB posts. It is proof enough LEO on every level has a presence on FB, but registrants are denied by TOS which couldn’t be done ” by law. ” That alone shows the importance the ” database” is ” to assist law enforcement ” in their own marketing efforts. Meanwhile, other citizens, those who might implicate system corruption are nullified. That was the big data brothers plan in the first case., But how to sell it to the folks?… Read more »

@Eric, I can’t believe that your story is my story!!! Holy crap. There is a difference in that while I will always & forever feel Extreme shame & guilt, and I did tarnish my family name that my children must now live with because of internet cp, most of my friends and family stood by me. Wrote tons of letters to the judge and have given me work and dropped of cloths for my children and have paid bills anonymously. I did go to jail for a year while my 3 babies & wife were home crying. Afterword, Probation was… Read more »

A direct quote from the article states –

“Another common element of sex offender registries is public notification. Every state requires offenders to notify their employers, landlords and neighbors of their status.”

This is totally incorrect and false information. There are different forms of public notification in some states but a blanket statement such as this is totally inaccurate!

I noticed that too. Reporters seldom get everything right. In this case, though, I would not be inclined to correct him. Overall, it was an excellent article. We need more reporting like this.

Its not so much that I wanted to correct “him” but more so just me stating that it is statements like this that confuse or mislead the community overall including the cops. Example: My neighbor called the cops on me this winter. Cops pull up and threaten to arrest me. Why? Because my neighbor called and told the cops I was not allowed around minors because I am a registered S$x offender. I had a guy I know helping me shovel my driveway as I am disabled. He is 21 years old. So my neighbor just assumed (since he looked… Read more »

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