April 18, 2008
Feds giving money to states to track sex offenders
According to all the local stories linked below, this week a number of states got grants from the federal government to assist with sex offender tracking:
- From the Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser, State receives approval of grant to track sex offenders
- From KCRG (Iowa), Grant to Improve Collection of Sex Offender Info
- From the Grand Forks (North Dakota) Herald, ND receives grant to track sex offenders
I wonder if anyone will be tracking whether this government money being devoted to tracking sex offenders will prove to be a good use of our tax dollars.
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"I wonder if anyone will be tracking whether this government money being devoted to tracking sex offenders will prove to be a good use of our tax dollars."
Why bother? Results of such studies haven't been of much interest to policy makers thus far.
The closest I've seen are reviews of how well the money is used to do the tracking, not how well the tracking addresses the supposed intent of the law.
Posted by: Ilah | Apr 18, 2008 5:41:20 PM
It is as though the former drug warriors want us to forget their massively embarrassing policy failure, so they have latched on to a far less sympathetic type of offender.
I dropped by my old office today and visited with my former supervisor who is, thanks to a sweep, handling a number of federal prostitution cases that involve minor females. They could all easily pass for 18 or older (she showed me their myspace photos, of all things, where they pretend to be 18 or 19). But the pimps in these cases face a mandatory (federal) minimum of 15 years. It just keeps getting more and more draconian. And the effect, ultimately, is higher costs of incarceration, monitoring and compliance. The system is cracking all around us, but the "reformers" (witch hunters is a more appropriate term) keep pushing their heads in the sand.
Posted by: Alec | Apr 18, 2008 9:57:21 PM
Who tracks the trackers, you ask? The GAO does.
Posted by: Anne | Apr 20, 2008 11:04:42 PM
Good Point Anne. So in 2013, the GAO will come out with a report indicating that the billions spent on Adam Walsh has done absolutely no good at getting to the root problem....
Posted by: jim | Apr 21, 2008 3:10:40 PM
It continues to amaze me where Governor's like Bob Riley and law makers and others get their stats about the recidivism rate of sex offenders. The Goverments own Justice Department's study has indicated the recidivism rate of SO is actually less than other serious crimes. When are people going to wake up and see this whole frenzy is all about scare tactics and politics. Its about looking good to a general public that doesn't have enough sense to know better. There should be monitoring of dangerous offenders, no one can disagree with that logic but these laws and all the panic we see today is truly ridiculous.
Posted by: Anthony | Apr 24, 2008 12:04:16 AM