Sex offender registration changes: not worth the costs? Failing to implement legislation bringing Illinois into compliance with the federal Adam Walsh act is costing the state federal grant funds. But would enacting the law cost even more? by: Illinois Bar Journal October 2011 [click here for article]
The Accidental Sex Offender It was a classic teenage love story. He was a football star, and she was a cheerleader. They met, they fell in love, they started having sex. And then the cops got involved. Fifteen years later, they're still paying the price. by: Marie Claire Magazine July 28, 2011 [click here for full article]
Time to Adjust Our Thinking About Sex Abusers We're pretty good at punishing people who are caught and convicted of sexual abuse. We're not so good at stopping the abuse in the first place, especially when children are involved. After all these years of open discussion about this scourge, why is it still so prevalent?
Because we keep attacking the problem the same old way.
Perhaps the ATSA's most important conclusion is that media coverage of abuse "monsters" has warped our sense of who they really are. Television news, movies and books mainly focus on the most extreme "stranger danger" cases – those in which a child is kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered.
In reality, the sexual abuse of kids doesn't usually come from outside their circle, and murder is extremely rare. Most often the perpetrator is a relative, a family friend or a trusted authority figure. But if a parent is intent on looking for a "monster," it's easy for them to overlook warning signs from those closest to the family.
Another important conclusion? Too often we lump all abusers into one category and label them "sex offenders" or "sexual predators." Not good and not smart.
A serial pedophile is quite different from a teenage boy caught with his underage girlfriend and reported to police by angry parents. Some jurisdictions view an errant nude sunbather or a drunk who exposes himself to urinate in the street as a sex offender. And then there is the category of children with deeply rooted sexual behavior problems. All have to be handled differently.
It doesn't keep the community safe when we brand all of these diverse types with the same scarlet letter and make them all become registrants of an official, ever-growing and very public National Sex Registry. Too often that's exactly what happens. By: Diane Dimond [click here for article]
Reformers Blast Sex Offender Legislation Legislation in the Illinois General Assembly to increase registration time and other requirements for Illinois’ 25,000 sex offenders awaits a House vote in the final days of the session. Opponents working to stop the bill say it would waste scarce resources without improving public safety.
Tonia Maloney, director of Illinois Voices for Reform, says "many people required to register as sex offenders are teenagers having consensual sex with someone a few years younger. "These young people are no threat to society, and especially children," she says. "Having them register for longer periods of time does nothing to protect society, which was the original intent of the registry. Life as a registered sex offender is extremely difficult as it is. These young people just want a chance at a normal life."
Cop debunks sex offender myths in San Mateo "We use the fear of sex offenders to pass legislation, to get legislators elected because they talk tough, to get legislators unelected if they don't and perpetuate the public hysteria about sex offenders," he said.
Shilling, who is himself a victim of childhood sexual abuse, went on to say he is not an advocate of letting offenders off with a slap on the wrist. Rather, he is concerned with keeping them from doing it again. He said treatment works, but so does creating an environment where offenders can get back on their feet. By: Sun Mateo County Times May 12, 2011 [click here for article]
"Romeo and Juliet" Law Fails Illinois House Consensual, nonviolent sex between Illinois teenagers remains a crime worthy of 10 years on the state's sex offender registry, following the failure of "Romeo and Juliet" legislation in the House Thursday.
"Let them agree that they have made a mistake and start to correct it and move on with their lives," Pritchard said.
Speaking shortly after they vote, Tonia Maloney, founder of Illinois Voices for Reform, a proponent group based in Fairview Heights, said she was amazed "how many state legislators would vote 'no' on something that deals with people who are so young and in consensual relationships."
Proposed Illinois law may take East Moline man off sex offender registry A new Illinois house bill is bringing with it new hope for an East Moline couple. The bill, commonly referred to as the "Romeo and Juliet" law would allow those under the age of 18 who had a consensual sexual relationship and ended up on the sex offender list, a way to get off the list. Seventeen at the time, Shane Sandborg was engaged to 16-year-old Jadie who was pregnant with their now 7-year-old daughter. by: WQAD March 1, 2011 [click here for article and video]
Illinois sex offender law could remove some young offenders from registry This so-called "Romeo and Juliet" legislation deals with relationships between teens at least 14 years old and their sexual partners -- no more than four years older. Those offenders could appeal the ruling to register on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, which would leave fewer people for police to track. But some officers fear it might just lead to more problems. by: KMOV February 24, 2011 [click here for article and video]
Advocates: "Don’t prosecute teens for consensual sex" Bill would change law for Romeo and Juliet "The majority of these guys are no threat to anyone," says Tonia Maloney, president of Illinois Voices for Reform. "The risk of reoffending for these consensual teen relationships is virtually zero, yet they have all these restrictions, exactly the same as a child molester or a rapist." by: Illinois Times February 24, 2011 [click here for article]
Illinois bill would let some young sex offenders be removed from registry "Romeo and Juliet" legislation pending in the Illinois House would ease the penalties for young sexual offenders caught up in illicit romance. by: stltoday February 24, 2011 [click here for article]
Legislation would limit penalty for some sex offenders Some individuals convicted of criminal sexual abuse would have the chance to avoid being placed on the sex offender registry, under a measure that would give discretion to Illinois courts in certain cases. by: capitalfax.blogspot February 24, 2011 [click here for article]
A Simple Reform Of Adam Walsh Act -- Rebuttable Presumptions Say "sex offender" and what immediately springs to mind is crushing loss of innocence at the hands of a dangerous stranger. In the moment that fear takes root, a desire to make the world a safer place blossoms. Shaded by what grows of this desire, you pass laws that cast broader and broader shadows across the lives of ever more Americans. The vast majority of these Americans pose no threat to anyone. They are no more dangerous than your son, your nephew, your brother; even, I submit, than some of you. by: Norm Pattis - Defense Attorney [click here for full article]
Deleting key sex offender facts won't keep us safer "While assisting a sexual offender in developing purposeful belongingness may appear overly compassionate, it can contribute to decreasing recidivism. It is not uncommon for sexual offenses to be preceded by periods of extreme stress, shame, inadequacy and despair. ... The challenge is to educate communities to assist in integrating sex offenders in spite of the stigma, for the safety and well-being of the entire community." by: Star Tribune February 19, 2011 [click here for article]
Mom Outraged Over 13-Year-Old's Molestation Charge Georgia - A Clayton County mother says local police went too far in charging her 13-year-old son and three friends with aggravated child molestation. "I am appalled by that," said the mother, only identified as Yolanda. The four admitted to going behind a vacant house where a girl preformed consensual oral sex on them. According to the arrest warrant, obtained by Channel 2’s Tony Thomas, the arresting officer discovered the group when the girl was "adjusting her clothing. by: ABC February 19, 2011 [click here for article]
MTV’s "True Life" Films Social Worker for Segment on Young Sex Offenders National Association of Social Workers member Amie Eipers, MSW, LCSW, said a counseling session she had with a young sex offender was filmed for MTV’s "True Life" series and could make the final cut of the episode. by: Social Workers Speak February 18, 2011 [click here for article]
One-size-fits-all laws for sex offenders miss the mark Justin Raxter is a 22-year-old college student. When he was 18, Raxter, of Loves Park, began dating a girl who was 15. The age difference of three years did not seem important at time. He’ll now spend more than three times that amount listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registration. A registry he said ruins people’s lives. by: Medill Reports (at Northwestern University’s Medill School) February 15, 2011 [click here for article]
NEW - Texas in final stages to allow some sex offenders to deregister from list Texas is in the final stages of implementing a new program that will allow some sex offenders to deregister from the lifetime list, after an, as of yet, unspecified amount of time and counseling. "This is a more common sense approach, we have to balance public safety with a limited amount of funds to ensure the maximum amount of public safety," said Allison Taylor, executive director for the Council on Sex Offender Treatment. She said about 100 new names a week are added to the sex offenders list and database, and the cost of monitoring and managing the system are becoming untenable. Taylor said the new program will allow deregistration evaluation specialists to categorize those convicted into risk-levels. By placing offenders in risk levels, she said, the government will be able to monitor those that need it the most, rather than spreading out the limited amount of resources on all offenders equally. "Do we really need to monitor the 19-year-old convicted of having sex with his underage girlfriend the same way we would monitor a 40-year-old serial rapist, pedophile or murder, for instance," she asked. "We need to target predators and not kids caught in the criminal justice system because of the age of consent." [Click here for full article]
Parents look to change sex offender laws in Illinois How one man’s (alleged) actions may now lead to thousands of lives being ruined. by: KMOV News 4 September 3, 2010 [click here for article/video]
TERRIBLE NEWS FOR ILLINOIS!
Governor Quinn signed a slew of bills into law on Sunday that will do nothing to protect society. They will, however, cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands per year to enforce and they will continue to strip Americans of their civil rights. July 18, 2010 [Click here for press release from Gov. Quinn]
Dumb and Dahmer We have too many dumb laws, and too many pandering dummies making them without a thought as to how they might play out (just as long as they're sparkly on the surface to the voters!). "My husband is on the sex offender registry in Illinois, for 15 years for having a consensual relationship with me, his wife, when I was 16. He is lumped in with pedophiles, rapists and the worst kind of perverts." June 16, 2010 [click here for full article]
CONFERENCE: CHICAGO - March 27, 2010 Are sex offenders the new queers? Posted on: Windy City Times June 2, 2010 [click here for article] What’s Queer About Sex Offenders Posted on: reformsexoffenderlaws.org June 6, 2010 [click here for article]
Mindy's Law Set To Protect Kids From Sex Offenders The names of tens of thousands of sex offenders may soon be added to the state registry. by: cbs2chicago.com May 16, 2010 [click here for article] – Violating the Constitution and their oaths of office again. A law like this, is an ex post facto law, which is FORBIDDEN by the Constitution, but hey, when the Constitution is not worth the paper and ink it's written with, anything is possible –
Opponents: New sex offender laws won't help Bills would ban sex offenders from parks, require lifetime registration May 13, 2010 [click here for article]
Yet another restriction on sex offenders Law bans sex offenders from parks, preserves (Illinois Voices in article) May 5, 2010 [click here for article]
Residency Restrictions Make Neighborhoods More Dangerous by: Matt Mangino (former prosecutor) April 11, 2010 [click here for article]
Sex offender housing restrictions may lead to more crimes Tribune examination finds those who are forced to serve parole in prison are more likely to reoffend, disappear by: Chicago Tribune April 9, 2010 [click here for article]
Law Restricting Where Sex Offenders Can Live is Unconstitutional Saying sex offenders are being forced to choose between prison and homelessness, a Los Angeles judge issued an opinion this week blocking enforcement of provisions a state law restricting how close those offenders can live from parks or schools. by: Los Angeles Times November 4, 2010 [click here for article]
Panel discusses sex-offender registry "We recommend that we not implement the Adam Walsh Act in the State of Texas," said Liles Arnold, chairman of the Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment. "Basically, the research on registration notification, to date, suggests that it's really not accomplishing what we want it to accomplish . . . Arnold said notification has no bearing on people who have never been apprehended for a sexual offense. "As of May of last year, we had 57,000 registered sex offenders in the state of Texas. All of those people are not equally dangerous." by: Austin News June 10, 2010 [click here for article]
Court Ruling Reclassifies Sex Offenders The court said Ohio lawmakers violated the constitution by forcing state officials to change convicts' classifications. by: whiotv.com June 8, 2010 [click here for article]
‘‘Adam Walsh’’ Provision Requiring Attorney General to Reclassify Sex Offenders Violates Separation of Powers In a narrowly tailored decision announced today, the Supreme Court of Ohio voided as unconstitutional two sections of the Ohio Adam Walsh Act (AWA) that authorize the state attorney general to reclassify sex offenders who had already been classified by judges under a previous version of the law, "Megan’s Law." The Court held that the challenged provisions violate the separation-of-powers doctrine of the Ohio Constitution. by: Supreme Court of Ohio June 3, 2010 [click here for article]