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After Epstein death, glaring loopholes in national sex offender registry raise concerns

Amid the fallout from the death of Jeffrey Epstein – compounded by sharp questions as to why he was able to live such a lavish and unencumbered life despite being a registered sex offender – scrutiny has turned to the National Sex Offender Registry, its discrepancies and its lack of uniformity – all of which the disgraced financier may have exploited. Full Article

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  1. AJ

    I’ve been waiting for this type of article to appear. The haters are going to have their hair on fire until “something is done” so we can all “save just one child.” Aside from the numerous factual errors in the op-ed piece, at least makes a feeble attempt to present both sides of the argument. Of course our side is shorter and at the end of the article…

    In some ways, I hope this DOES spur conversation. What better way to get the real info and facts out in a wholesale manner? Of course I also dread the possible outcomes…though in the long run I think we’ll be vindicated and registries go the way of the buggy whip.

    • James I

      This article wasn’t entirely terrible…a surprise in itself, but it did include interesting statistics with recidivism being cited at 10% and 13% (untreated)…

      I think this number is high, but regardless, what would be nice to see is statistics cited in this fashion:

      90% of treated Sex Offenders do not re-offend, while 87% of the untreated do not re-offend.

      See the difference? Same statistics…but one is damned sight better for us to have printed and disseminated!

      Best Wishes, James I

      • AJ

        @James I:
        Hmmm, one could almost call those non-recidivism rates “comforting and high”….

  2. Eric

    If anything, this incident should show how useless the registry is. This had nothing to do with loopholes and everything to do with corruption in the justice system. He was a billionaire with lots of connections so he was given a free pass. It is as simple as that. The entire time he was flying around the world, going out of the country, indulging, and cavorting on Lolita Island with big money people many of us were having sheriffs show up at dawn to give residency checks, we were sitting for two hours at the police station registering, being told we could not stay over at our significant others house, and we were attending weekly mandatory treatment programs at a very high cost. The registry only works for those who follow the rules, it only punishes those who follow the rules. For those like Epstein it isn’t even an inconvenience.

  3. steve

    Yeah the loophole is if you’re super rich you can skirt ANY law.

  4. Agamemnon

    What this whole ordeal really shows is that the registry doesn’t work.

  5. NorthEastPENN

    I stopped reading this article immediately after reading the very first paragraph as follows:

    —– Amid the fallout from the death of Jeffrey Epstein – compounded by sharp questions as to why he was able to live such a lavish and unencumbered life despite being a registered sex offender – scrutiny has turned to the National Sex Offender Registry, its discrepancies and its lack of uniformity – all of which the disgraced financier may have exploited.—–

    This part of the paragraph –
    “why he was able to live such a lavish and unencumbered life”
    is what bothered me. It clearly states that ‘the registry” was created to be sure that registrants can only live a “poor” and impoverished life and must be encumbered to some degree – such as where they can live, where they can work, who they can socialize with, where they can travel etc. This clearly says it all – the registry was created to do these things.

    I happen to be fortunate enough to have a very good job even though my boss is aware of my past issues (and he does not at all agree with the registry). Financially I happen to be set on a mid level and living in a home that is paid for. Besides my neighbors giving me a hard time for no reason the only thing I have is this cloud over my head following me which is the registry of which I come off in about 14 months.

    So this article is stating from the start that because someone on the registry has a good job, makes good money, lives in a home instead of on the streets and has some really good friends that because of these reasons there are loopholes in the registry. This overall theory just proves that in people’s minds the registry is a form of “punishment” and ongoing “being in custody”.

    All articles that start this way turn out to read the same as all the others in my opinion – to mislead the general public into believing that all registrants are dangerous and the registry helps keep “their” (general public’s) community safer!!

    • Tim in WI

      The presumption that database will save you from violence before it occurs is shortsighted.
      The propaganda is used to maintain the status quo( null) in gov agency USE of the machine database. Unfettered and unconstitutional USE was virtue signaled in the Doe03 decisions upholding OMNIBUS94 provisions come and control Act, spoon fed to Congress by unionized social reformers of the national democratic specialists & Byrne Grant folks. Considering the billable legal fees alone a boon for lawyers in criminal, civil and tort types.

      Look at what has not happened in MI.

  6. Jake

    This article first complains about the role of money. It doesn’t appear this guy did anything crazy with money to avoid registration besides having the resources to live where he wanted. Ok…

    THEN the article complains about sex offenders living near bus stops any youth centers… ok… do that, but then offenders are going to need money (see complaint 1) or they may end up homeless.

    THEN the article complains about homeless sex offenders and stokes outrage by pointing out that we don’t know where they are if their address is “On the street”.

    The article complains also about photos and details not being updated in a timely fashion. That’s a symptom of lack of resources.

    So to summarize, having resources and using them to minimize the effects of the registry is bad. Making laws that make life more expensive for people on the registry is good. But homeless sex offenders are bad. We don’t have the resources to manage the system, but we should expand it.

  7. Jun

    Lauren Book’s hoax of an organization did nothing to prevent Epstein’s victimizing schemes. Donators to her fake .org should demand their money back, no? These facts regarding the elite speak for themselves. Besides, this registry has seemed to be a psychological projection, in that what the media and elite have accused common citizens of doing is what they seemed to have been doing themselves for decades, perhaps centuries.
    On top of that, the registry is a crippling effect of the American Constitution with more Americans losing their rights to no end. All this will change very soon – as a constitutional republic!

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