MO: Missouri Alliance for Family Restoration advocates for updates to sex offender registry guidelines

Source: baptistnews.com 2/19/24

Sex offender registry guidelines should be updated to more accurately reflect those ex-convicts who remain true threats to others, according to the Missouri Alliance for Family Restoration.

MOAFR claims the current registration requirements do not align with the actual level of threat many people previously incarcerated for sex crimes pose for society, and were formulated using outdated and inaccurate statistics. Members of the organization argue the registration requirements should be less strict than they currently are, as to offer “a fair chance to live a productive life to those who have paid their debt to society.”

Advocates claim the rigorous, publicly shaming registration lists — which typically publish the names, photos, addresses and workplaces of sex offenders — hinder the ability of rehabilitated offenders to successfully integrate back into public society even if they no longer pose a reasonable threat to those around them. Due to the restrictions placed upon registrants, many face difficulties finding housing, seeking educational opportunities, applying for or accessing jobs, reuniting with their families and sometimes being banned from drug rehabilitation or treatment centers.

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These are the type of people @ACSOL is up against in MO and actually advocate for a registry there in that forlorn state (and would make it probably so hard to get off of it, it wouldn’t really happen)

I found it to be an excellent article, I Myself am in Missouri and those who know little about Missouri Knows it is prob one of the hardest states to get any kind of change in registry laws and any kind of reform advocates who can just maybe get the attention of the one person who can help with the introduction to the right people who knows, just maybe, some change could be made. Janice would be that right person!!! For real though one thing for sure we all need to be as involved as we can be and I myself need to step it up with some more letter writing asking for support for registry reform!