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September 4, 2010

South Carolina county now producing sex offender newspaper

As detailed in this local article, which is headlined "A new way to keep tabs on sex offenders hits newsstands," at least one county in South Carolina is not content to place sex offender registration information only online. Here are the details:

It’s not the most enjoyable thing to read, but law enforcement officials say it's necessary.  “When you are convicted of certain offenses, you are required by the court to register as a sex offender,” says Captain Chris Cowan of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.  “What we try to do is not only provide that information online, but to produce publications that are accessible to the community.”...

The publication lists more than 850 sex offenders, and while they have completed their sentences, Cowan believes that the public has a right to know if a sex offender is living in their community....  Currently, 40,000 copies of the newspaper have been distributed throughout the Midlands.

It's an aggressive approach to monitoring sex offenders; however, Tiffany Edwards doesn't feel that it’s unfair.  “I think everyone should know where these people are living, especially if you have kids,” Edwards said. “I have a child, so I want to know who is near me and in my neighborhood.”

I wonder if they take advertisement in this newspaper. I ask about ads in the sex offender newspaper half-jokingly, but I do think it might be useful for there to be links to my blog and other resources that discussion sex offender sentencing law and policy in these publications. (Of course, I would be too keen on having my picture run with a plug for this blog.)

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Wow, if these people have already completed their time on the registry, I see a huge defamation lawsuit coming.

Posted by: tbucket | Sep 4, 2010 1:40:56 PM

There is a difference between making offender information public and publicizing offender information. Barring certain circumstances such as an impending public danger, the Sheriff should not be doubling as a publicist.
A blanket publishing of all the sex offenders in the county under the guise of proactive policing is not a response to any impending public danger and is disingenuous at best.

Posted by: Robert | Sep 4, 2010 7:38:35 PM

personally i think the ones off probation and supervison have every legal right to kill the little nazi criminals like this who REFUSE to leave them alone once they have served their LEGAL COURT ORDERED SENTENCE. Maybe if a few of these little nazi wannabe's get killed the rest will find someone else to bother that might be a little safer.

Posted by: rodsmith | Sep 4, 2010 8:47:12 PM

Registry would not have helped Megan. Has it helped any victim?

In an informal study, I found 2 sex offenders, one of whom just comes to work, in a lawyer residential neighborhood. I found sex offenders listed in a neighborhood where the lawyer works.

Some sex offenders may enjoy the acclamation and free advertising. This may be a reward not a punishment to many offenders.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 4, 2010 11:50:17 PM

Insert "68" sex offenders in the lawyer work neighborhood, 34 times as many as in the lawyer residential neighborhood.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 4, 2010 11:52:14 PM

@ Supremacy claus can you please use the Kings English? I haven't got a clue what you are saying. Registry can help but only to a certain degree. This however, is taking it to an entirely different level.

Posted by: Apply for a va loan | Sep 5, 2010 1:49:35 PM

On March 30, 2010, 12 year old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall, Louisiana was murdered by a two time sex offender who used his employment at a taxi company to stalk Justin, pretending to be a 12 year old girl via text message and drove the cab that was supposed to take Justin to meet this little girl during spring break. This woke the State of Louisiana up and made us realize that things like this DO HAPPEN TO US. The Justin Bloxom Bill flew the Louisiana Senate, then the House, landing on Governor Bobby Jindal's desk less than 4 months after sweet Justin's senseless death. We have taken a stand to try to protect children in all states from the horrible fate. Please join us, take a stand today to protect the innocence and lives of children everywhere!

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Posted by: Stolinstang | Sep 8, 2010 4:11:01 PM

On March 30, 2010, 12 year old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall, Louisiana was murdered by a two time sex offender who used his employment at a taxi company to stalk Justin, pretending to be a 12 year old girl via text message and drove the cab that was supposed to take Justin to meet this little girl during spring break. This woke the State of Louisiana up and made us realize that things like this DO HAPPEN TO US. The Justin Bloxom Bill flew the Louisiana Senate, then the House, landing on Governor Bobby Jindal's desk less than 4 months after sweet Justin's senseless death. We have taken a stand to try to protect children in all states from the horrible fate. Please join us, take a stand today to protect the innocence and lives of children everywhere!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Justin-Bloxom/110483678975678?v=app_2373072738#!/pages/Justice-for-Justin-Bloxom/110483678975678

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Posted by: Stolinstang | Sep 8, 2010 4:13:01 PM

this is sad stolinstag BUT 100's if not 1,000's of studies and 20 years of tracking ex sex offenders show it's a waste of time that 85-95% of all NEW SEX CRIMES are from first time offenders. That only 5-10% of those on the illegal registry ever reoffend and those that tend to do it at all do it in the FIRST 3 YEARS after release.

so sounds to me like we'd do a lot better for everyone if we stopped wasing billions of dollars and billions of police and law enforcment manhours each year if we STOP tracking EX OFFENDERS who's crime is 10-20 YEARS IN THE PAST and in stead use part of that money on PREVENTION and TREATMENT for those on their first offence and use some of those police manhours TRACKING them during the 3-4 years after relase when the chance of RELAPSE IS GREATEST.

Posted by: rodsmith | Sep 9, 2010 1:52:44 AM

the small number like this guy who is a repeat offender. well he was already on his 2nd offence. after the first one once he reoffended he should have been removed for life. i have no problem with giving most a 2nd chance after a punishment and sucessfull completion of a certified treatment series. But that's it. Mess up again and bye-bye forever.

Posted by: rodsmith | Sep 9, 2010 1:54:53 AM

Did you know that treatment for former offenders has been proven effective and that most sex offenders never commit another crime? Did you also know that making it more difficult for former offender to reintegrate into society increases recidivism?

Would you like more *FACTS* ? If so, look at this website:

CanadiansForAJustSociety.webs.com

Posted by: Steven yoon | Sep 20, 2010 11:53:23 PM

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