A year ago I wrote an editorial that
needs to study
the last 20 years of the VSP Sex Offender Registry and all the laws directed
towards those listed on it. Virginia
Since then I’ve been lobbying the Virginia Legislature to do just that.
I’ve also posted (http://goo.gl/S1SEpa http://goo.gl/lNkGg5 ) about
because they’ve given themselves 2.5 years to study their Sex Offender
a Bill sitting on the Governors desk (see editorial
below) waiting to be signed that would create a Task Force to study how
their Sex Offender Registry could be improved. Illinois
Come on Virginia, it’s time for us to take a serious look at the last 21 years of our Sex Offender Registry and all the restrictions and regulations that have been implemented since it’s creation.
Editorial: A chance to get sex offender laws right, July 25, 2016
When the 19-year-old son of Tonia Maloney of
had sex with his 16-year-old girlfriend, he was forced to register as a sex
offender. He was a legal adult and she was a minor. Downstate
Police told his employer to fire him, and when he found a job in a new town, the police there ran him off, too.
Being on the sex registry in
makes it hard to find a place to live, hard to find a job, hard to fulfill
family responsibilities and hard to be a productive citizen. Even Bears games,
forest preserves and the lakefront are off limits. Illinois
We can think of plenty of cases where that’s just fine by us. Nobody wants a dangerous sex offender living next door or lurking in the woods. But our state’s sex offender laws are remarkably vague and broad — as Tonia Maloney’s son can tell you — and should be overhauled to keep the public safe without being unnecessarily punitive.A bill on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk would create a task force to examine how
In 2011, Amanda Agan, a post-doctoral fellow at
found sex-offense arrest rates don’t change after registries are put in place,
recidivism is no lower in state’s with sex registries and the rates of sex
offenses are not affected by the number of registered offenders living in a
Too often, lawmakers have rushed through legislation aimed at sex offenders without carefully researching whether the laws will have their intended effect. Creating the task force would give them a chance to remedy that.