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NY: Sex offender rules an inconsistent maze

[ – 11/9/19]

ALBANY — A New York law that is intended to protect children from convicted sex offenders has created a maze of contradictory policies and regulations, leading to inconsistent enforcement and confusing online tracking systems.

The disparities have also resulted in sharply different residency requirements for offenders convicted of similar crimes and an increasingly perplexing system that makes it difficult for the public to confirm whether offenders in their area are in compliance, according to a Times Union review of public databases, court records, an internal state memorandum and interviews with people familiar with the system.

New York law forbids high-risk offenders under state or county supervision from “knowingly entering” school grounds and child care facilities, language that courts have interpreted to also mean that those offenders cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school. But multiple county and state officials are also extending the 1,000-foot rule to day care facilities, preschools and other child care centers.

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  1. LS

    Well isn’t this shocking news. You mean a registry that has confusing and contradictory rules and regulations? So much so that not only can the registrants not interpret them but neither can those who are supposed to enforce it. Oh dear, what will we do? Oh and practically EVERY state has the same problem, not just New York.

  2. Anonymous

    What a bunch of buffoons. They are trying to fix a non existent problem. Meanwhile sex abuse and even sexual assault are happening every day 90% by men & women not those horrible “registered sex offenders.” Ny the laughing stock. Want proof?

    • Will Allen

      They are buffoons. “People” who support this are idiots. They should try to get some meaning and purpose in their pathetic lives.

      I still can’t figure out why they so badly want people who have shot children with guns to live by schools. Is it so they can shoot them from their porches and then they won’t have to be embarrassed that they went into the school? But they want shooters in schools too. So I just don’t get it. I thought they cared about children.

  3. NY won’t let go

    NY is stupid. They treat a lack of wording Like it was intended so that you can remain on their list indefinitely.

    • Tim in WI

      My wlg,
      Once a state can indenture it’s citizens to database maintenance how far can a vastly more powerful fed go? Unfettered use and so the people follow.

  4. David

    Couldn’t this mess be used to legally argue “void for vagueness”??

    • NY won’t let go

      They would just argue that the vagueness is intentional so that it’s legal 😂😂

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