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January 12, 2009

"Online sex offender info rapidly expands"

The title of this post is the title of this effective article appearing at Stateline.org.  Here is how it starts:

Arizona parents who want to find out whether a suspicious e-mail has been sent by a registered sex offender now can check the sender’s e-mail address against the state’s database of convicted molesters.

Utah residents can sign up for e-mail alerts to notify them when a sex offender moves into their neighborhood. Wisconsin’s online registry provides maps to let users know exactly where the closest sex offender lives. And in Texas, the state’s sex offender registry — which includes more than 54,000 people — now features information ranging from offenders’ work addresses to their nicknames and even shoe sizes.

The four states are among more than two dozen that quietly have added a wide range of new services — and new categories of information — to their online registries of convicted molesters. All 50 states have publicly searchable sex offender registries, which are accessible through a national database kept by the U.S. Justice Department, a Web site that averages 2.3 million page views a day.

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Yeah, because how hard would it be for a sex offender to create a second email address. Whew!

Posted by: constitutionalfights | Jan 12, 2009 4:30:45 PM

Yeah, because how hard would it be for a sex offender to create a second email address. Whew!

Posted by: constitutionalfights | Jan 12, 2009 4:31:42 PM

the point of this laws is not to actually prevent crime. Legislators now the stats on SO's. They know they are the least likely to reoffend, and most children are molested by a relative or friend of the family.

The point of this laws are for the state to pretend they are doing something, to make parents(mostly women) feel a sense of security(however false it may be), and to expand the sex offender industry, which creates alot of good paying jobs.

Posted by: EJ | Jan 12, 2009 7:59:30 PM

Trouble is, EJ, the impact of the registry has gone far beyond sex offenders, ande even the families of sex offenders. It's well known that the laws deter young victims from seeking help with the abuser is a family member--the type of abuse that accounts for the overwhelming majority of sex crimes against children. Kids see the consequences to their family as far worse than enduring the abuse.

So it isn't so much that lawmakers have decided sex offenders deserve whatever they get. Lawmakers have also decided some child victims are more worthy than others, and some are completely expendable for the sake of re-election.

Posted by: Ilah | Jan 13, 2009 10:28:25 AM

I understand that their crime, name, address are all part of public record but I fail to see how place of employment, shoe size, and email address (among other things) can be considered public record. If i remember correctly that the courts argument all along when they decided that the registry was constitutional.

Posted by: Mark | Jan 13, 2009 4:14:00 PM

I did not know that a persons shoe size was public information. Not that it makes any difference. The hysteria had gotten way out of control.The cost of this boggles the mind. States are paying tens of millions of dollars every year just to post information on former offenders. Ones that have a less of a chance of offending then anyone else, really offenders are not stupid. Maybe once but they do learn.Is it worth spending 20 to 30 million a year to be able to look on line or call up and get a list of people that you can't do anything about. Nor should you.

Posted by: Hateisking | Jan 25, 2009 10:35:05 AM

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