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AR: Sex-offender housing laws raise hitch

Legislators have passed several laws over the past couple of decades that limit where sex offenders can live in hopes of keeping communities safe, but some state officials say such laws often impede registrants from successful rehabilitation.

Arkansas prison officials say they must figure out a better way of housing sex offenders released from prison because a growing number of them are homeless and tracking them has become a national concern.

“They have to go somewhere,” said Dina Tyler, a spokeswoman for Arkansas Community Correction. “The community reaction to sex offenders is usually what you expect, but it leads us back to what do we do with them?” Full Article

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Looks like we are creeping towards concentration camps. Surely that is easier than admitting scotus made a mistake in recidivism risk. Absolutely terrifying

Megan’s Law is already a silent genocide to begin with. Living a life you don’t want is bondage.

Yet, they continue to defend it with their “it’s not meant to be punishment” argument! They also love to throw in “it’s not perfect” or “it’s all we have.”

Such BS!

Did I read this correctly?:
“laws often impede registrants from successful rehabilitation.
Arkansas prison officials say they must figure out a better way of housing sex offenders released from prison….”
Wow! Government personnel who actually give a damn about successful reintegration! I hope they spread the idea that, yes, “they (as in “we”)” have to live somewhere and that successful reintegration benefits the community as well as the individuals.

@David: Unfortunately, we also live (sort of) in society. Public opinion, big mouths, and, money idiots, also influence. The part about “laws often impede registrants from successful rehabilitation. Arkansas prison officials say they must figure out a better way of housing sex offenders released from prison….” is refreshing.’ The prisons are overwhelmed and need somewhere to release those completing their sentences. They are trying to reduce their workload. Next problem. We have to live somewhere. Reintegration has been sidelined by a false recidivism rate and a “need” to save 1 child. Now they are having to “figure” out what to… Read more »

They said it and they can’t unsay it. Archive that.

This article is just like so many before its starts by saying we need to protect….even though they know that the REGISTRY IS NOT LEGAL ! Just because theh make it a law does not make it Constitutional, nor should it be !
They say reintegration, because THEY ARE STARTING TO LOOK LIKE FOOLS FOR STARTING THESR PROBLEMS, NOT BECAUSE THEY GIVE A D@MN

The first thing that we as a political force must do is take action to separate the categorizing of all people on the registry in one category. The public hears the words “sex offender” and they immediately think of the worst case scenario. That would be like calling every one caught stealing as armed robbers. Most people on the registry did a one time incident, and a huge percentage did their offense on that technological marvel called the internet with no contact to the “victim.” Many on the registry did a single incident many years ago, or even decades ago.… Read more »

My experience in prison was that those there for drug-related crimes were usually the most dangerous people, at least to people like me. I’m all for drug legalization as I think that drug laws are worse than ineffective and demonstrably destroy lives and weaken society while doing nothing to lessen the problems of drug use but it is very clear that many who end up in prison having violated drug laws represent a violent, sociopathic, Mad Max subculture that was cultivated by those very laws.

I agree with that completely. Obviously it is helping no one that drugs are illegal. No drug should be. In an actual free country at least. It just isn’t helping that drugs are illegal. But it has created ALL of the drug violence. It has increased all harms, including deaths. But most people in Amerika are too weak and brainwashed to admit even to themselves that drugs should not be illegal. We MUST keep Nanny Big Government big, keep them “protecting” us from ourselves, and keep their drug business running and profitable. We must. And while we are at it,… Read more »

So here is the foolishness of this fallacy: a registrant can work in a convenience store directly across the street from an elementary/middle/high school, or can manage a laundromat next door to a daycare center, or can have a full-time job across the street from a park or playground. As long as they don’t sleep overnight in those locations, they are not violating “residency” restrictions. So exactly what are these residency restrictions actually accomplishing besides a government-sponsored false sense of security for the unthinking public???

@David: ” So exactly what are these residency restrictions actually accomplishing besides a government-sponsored false sense of security for the unthinking public???” NOTHING.

Yah, since schools, day care centers and parks have no kids there at night and day in the time they are?????

Thats the part that always makes me laugh – you can’t live next to a school but I can work next to one in states with these restrictions. Ironically you are at work while school is in session but typically when you are home it’s night / weekends… The laws assume every registrant isn’t working and is free all day every day – which if that’s the case, that’s a huge issue you’ve created a subclass that is unemployable

There are states where you cannot work near schools, parks, whatever. It’s patent nonsense. It protects no one and only an idiot would believe otherwise.

The thing that I find hilarious is that Registry Nazis think it is just fine if shooters live by schools. They are fine with shooters in schools. They are dumb liars.

Only corrupt, criminal regimes have $EX Offender Registries.

“They have to go somewhere,” said Dina Tyler, a spokeswoman for Arkansas Community Correction. “The community reaction to sex offenders is usually what you expect, but it leads us back to what do we do with them?” —– I know what to do with “them”: do exactly as you do with anyone else who has completed supervision. You let them go rebuild their lives. Pretty simple. ===== Level 4 registrants are also prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of any place of worship. —– Ignoring the fact that AR is like Spinal Tap and has a tier system that goes… Read more »

Not sure the sheriff or even state leg can get rid of it. If i remember correctly, federal stated that if the states don’t comply then they will lose federal funding. They (states) are not going to give that up.

Nothing in the federal SORNA regs are about residency restrictions, AFAIK

@Worried in Wisconsin, Correct. As far as funding goes the cost of having/maintaining a registry far outweighs whatever funds have been granted. Many states aren’t in “compliance” for that very reason. Just guessing here, most of the things States are doing ( ICAC task force, registry, sting ops directly related to anyone on the registry, etc) would cease shortly after Federal funds dried up. Hmm… That could be an interesting path of thought. Compile a list of the amount of funding a State received per year vs the actual cost of all activities that it was intended for. Add that… Read more »

AJ, “Ignoring the fact that AR is like Spinal Tap and has a tier system that goes one higher, what is the rational-basis connection to houses of worship? I’ve never understood how that gets tossed into the the mix. ” It’s not a very good argument for religion, is it, that finds that its adherents are less resilient and more vulnerable, somehow, to the proximity of registrants? One would have to conclude that the church goer is, therefore, weaker and more in need of governmental protection. Indeed, one could reasonably conclude that they favor more government in their lives. But… Read more »

“with doors closed to them” “because a growing number of them” “what do we do with them?” It is so obvious that when using phrases that include the word “them” (within this article) that RCs have become a “class of their own”. I don’t see articles relating to “We have to do something with them” when referring to persons that commit other types of crimes such as DUIs (multiple convictions), drug dealers (multiple convictions), robbery (multiple convictions), domestic abuse (multiple convictions), child beaters (multiple convictions) and the list goes on – but be convicted of a s%x crime once, no… Read more »

Or worse yet – “these people.”

“We need to keep tabs of THESE people.”

Makes my head explode!

Also, whenever the cops are interviewed after a local compliance sweep, they almost always claim it was “successful” and proudly admit: “We want THEM to know that THEY are being watched.”

We’re looked upon and treated like wild animals that escaped from a zoo; making sure we stay in our designated pasture.

Yep, those “successful” “compliance checks” are pathetic. What a waste of resources. LE is so “successful” at verifying things are exactly as people told them they were.

If the Registries were more moral or American, LE would be 100% responsible for gathering all information themselves. Then they would have no reason to cry and whine or do “compliance checks”.

I do like to waste LE resources but I also think all Americans should help LE and never allow “compliance checks”. Never allow LE to get near you or your family.

Only corrupt, criminal regimes have $EX Offender Registries.

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