When it was disclosed that consensual sexual contact had occurred, her parents pressed charges against Brandon and he was convicted of sexual assault and placed on the sex offender registry in his state. He was one month away from his 20th birthday. Even acknowledging the considerable harm that youth offenders can cause, these requirements operate as, in effect, continued punishment of the offender. In addition to seeking geographic diversity, we sought registrants from an array of locations including both rural and urban areas and ethnic and racial backgrounds. Chris F. England this afternoon. Davis, 34, of Rogersville, Mo. The date of the crime doesn't match. Her year-old boyfriend was found guilty of violating the same law for engaging in sexual activity with her, as she was also a child under the age of 14 at the time. Human Rights Watch spoke with a father whose year-old son was adjudicated for touching the genitals of his five-year-old cousin. Registrants should be able to present evidence of rehabilitation, change in life circumstances, incapacitation for example, disease or disability or substantial time without reoffense in order to terminate community notification requirements. Jack Len Hilt, 59, of Henley, was sentenced by U. In reality, however, this policy was based on a misconception: While some states have rushed to amend their sex offender laws to comply with the Act, other states are considering not adopting the provisions, citing a concern that they will not benefit public safety. They have been assaulted, stabbed, and had their homes burned by neighbors or strangers who discovered their status as a previously convicted sex offender. Fenner this afternoon to life in federal prison without parole.
December 10, Arkansas woman pleads guilty to meth, money laundering conspiracy KANSAS CITY - A Mountain Home, Arkansas woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and to her role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and engage in money laundering. Fenner this afternoon to 22 years in federal prison without parole. Residency restrictions push former offenders away from the supervision, treatment, stability, and supportive networks they may need to build and maintain successful, law abiding lives. We informed interviewees that they could discontinue the interview at any time or decline to answer any specific questions without consequence. According to a local newspaper, nearly registrants appear on Oklahoma's website for engaging in indecent exposure. The federal indictment replaces a criminal complaint that was filed against Goebel on Nov. Summary The reality is that sex offenders are a great political target, but that doesn't mean any law under the sun is appropriate. In total, 23 defendants, primarily from the Northeast area of Kansas City, Mo. Legislators, public officials, and members of the public routinely claim that people who have committed sex offenses pose a great risk to the public because they have "astronomically high" recidivism rates. Given these faulty underpinnings, it is not surprising that there is little evidence that the laws have in fact reduced the threat of sexual abuse to children or others. District Judge Howard F. As the Center for Sex Offender Management CSOM has pointed out, the current emphasis on registration, community notification laws, and residency restrictions for individuals who have been convicted of sex offenses "has begun to overshadow the important role of treatment in sex offender management efforts. He was one month away from his 20th birthday. Many of the registrants were subjected to the same sex offender registration, public disclosure, and residency restrictions as adults. Charles M. Montae T. In , in Orange County, California, three boys were convicted of sexually assaulting a year-old girl and videotaping the incident. Hays this afternoon to the charges contained in a Nov. Misuse of registration information should be vigorously prosecuted. She stated that it, [B]ecame clear the boys could not be left alone together. Youth sex offender registrants often cannot find housing that meets residency restriction rules, meaning that they and their families struggle to house themselves and often experience periods of homelessness. Robert Prentky, and Dr. The few children that are placed on the registry have their information disclosed only to law enforcement, and youth offenders are removed once they reach the age of Felton, 22, of Kansas City, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
Yet federal and state registration laws often require individuals to register for far longer. But online sex offender registries brand everyone listed on them with a very public "scarlet letter" that signifies not just that they committed a sex offense in the past, but that by virtue of that fact they remain dangerous. With her parents' blessing, they began to date, and openly saw each other romantically for almost a year. Online registry search capabilities should only permit targeted searches for example, by specific personal name or zip code. Sex offender registries treat very different types of offenses and offenders in the same way. Sex offender registration laws have been put in place to respond to those concerns. The court also ordered Enness to forfeit to the government his residence at E. Promoting public safety by holding offenders accountable and by instituting effective crime prevention measures is a core governmental obligation. The neighbor I first invited was 12 years old. Youth sex offenders on the registry experience severe psychological harm. Protecting the community and limiting unnecessary harm to youth sex offenders are not mutually incompatible goals. Danger from Strangers? Registration laws should be narrowed in scope and duration. Billy Thompson, 54, of Rockaway Beach, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. For example, information such as place of employment or place of education should not routinely be available. He was one month away from his 20th birthday. Adolescent thinking is present-oriented and tends to ignore, discount, or not fully understand future outcomes and implications. Nevertheless, the public and lawmakers have understandable concern, even understandable outrage, about sex crimes. Misuse of registration information should be vigorously prosecuted. As one child advocate told Human Rights Watch, "When a sex offender succeeds in living in the community, we are all safer. Accountability for those who search online databases should be ensured by requiring the database user to specify the purpose for the search, and to provide his or her name and zip code with such information kept confidential and accessible only by state officials and law enforcement. An initial determination of lifetime inclusion should not be permitted. When Jacob was 14—and still unable to return home—he became the foster child of a pastor and his wife. A growing number of states and municipalities have also prohibited registered offenders from living within a designated distance typically to 2, feet of places where children gather-for example, schools, playgrounds, and daycare centers. He dropped out of high school and moved to Tulsa.
Mosley, 38, of Kansas City, was found guilty on Monday, Nov. Brandon M. As the Center for Sex Offender Management CSOM has pointed out, the current emphasis on registration, community notification laws, and residency restrictions for individuals who have been convicted of sex offenses "has begun to overshadow the important role of treatment in sex offender management efforts. Are the Laws Counterproductive? Research on sexual violence reveals a very different picture of who the perpetrators are and what their likelihood of reoffending is compared to what the public assumes. Several studies—including one study of a cohort that included 77 percent youth convicted of violent sex offenses—have found a recidivism rate for youth sex offenders of between four and ten percent, and one study in found the rate to be as low as one percent. It's the rest of it that doesn't. State laws and online registry information are constantly being modified. At age 23 I became Director of Security for a hotel. Corinne Carey, former researcher for the US Program, undertook the original research for this report. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The crime occurred when one of the boys was 16 and two were 17 years old. He told his friend who was 10 and that person told his friend who was 8. At the time of our research: South Korea is the only country other than the United States that has community notification laws. What the registry doesn't tell people is that I was convicted at age 17 of sex with my year-old girlfriend, that I have been offense-free for over a decade, that I have completed my therapy, and that the judge and my probation officer didn't even think I was at risk of reoffending. At least five states require registration for adult prostitution-related offenses;  At least 13 states require registration for public urination; of those, two limit registration to those who committed the act in view of a minor;  At least 29 states require registration for consensual sex between teenagers;  and At least 32 states require registration for exposing genitals in public;  of those, seven states require the victim to be a minor. Cox Medical Centers. The US Department of Justice DOJ estimates that around children are abducted per year by non-family strangers-of which 46 result in the death of the victim. Youth sex offender registrants often cannot find housing that meets residency restriction rules, meaning that they and their families struggle to house themselves and often experience periods of homelessness. Online registry search capabilities should only permit targeted searches for example, by specific personal name or zip code.
Novy, 49, of Mountain Home, pleaded guilty before U. Publicly accessible online registries should be eliminated, and community notification should be accomplished solely by law enforcement officials. Finally, the impacts of being a youth offender subject to registration are multi-generational—affecting the parents, and also the children, of former offenders. The three states with the largest number of registered sex offenders adults and children were California , , Texas 68, , and Florida 57, She knew that I was a registered sex offender and asked me about the crime I had committed. The Department of Justice and states should encourage and fund research to assess and compare the effectiveness of different strategies to prevent the perpetration and reoffense of sexual violence. Registrants should be able to present evidence of rehabilitation, change in life circumstances, incapacitation for example, disease or disability or substantial time without reoffense in order to terminate community notification requirements. Yet, given that most sex crimes are not committed by registered offenders See Chapter IV above , the utility of the registries for law enforcement is limited. States should enact laws allowing all registrants to appear periodically before a panel of qualified experts to review the requirement that law enforcement publicly release their personal information. The US Department of Justice tracked 9, male sex offenders in 15 states who were released from prison in and found that within three years only 5. Research on sexual violence reveals a very different picture of who the perpetrators are and what their likelihood of reoffending is compared to what the public assumes. The registration laws are overbroad in scope and overlong in duration, requiring people to register who pose no safety risk; Under community notification laws, anyone anywhere can access online sex offender registries for purposes that may have nothing to do with public safety. In Congress authorized the creation of a national registry of offenders convicted of coercive, penetrative sex with anyone, sex with children under the age of 12, recidivists of any sexual offense, and sexually violent predators. Following his release from prison, Rice will be subject to supervised release for the rest of his life. Former offenders should not be required to register with their schools or places of employment. When people see my picture on the state sex offender registry they assume I am a pedophile. In Minnesota, state legislators and government officials, in consultation with child safety and women's rights advocates, have constructed carefully tailored evidence-based laws that aim to prevent sexual violence by safely integrating former sex offenders into the community, restricting their rights only to the extent necessary to achieve that goal. I pulled over to sleep a bit during the commute in an empty parking lot. I think it makes sense that the police have the information they need to monitor my whereabouts. Eight interviewed registrants were age 10 or younger at the time of their conviction and when registration began, with the youngest being 9 years old. Taylor was sentenced to six years and three months in federal prison without parole. Recommendations With the goal of increasing the effective protection of children and others from sexual violence while protecting former offenders from unnecessary, unjust, and even counterproductive laws, Human Rights Watch makes the following recommendations for changes in federal and state legislation. A parent or guardian gave permission before contact was made with potential interviewees under the age of Dorr this afternoon to a federal information that charges him with tax evasion. Her year-old boyfriend was found guilty of violating the same law for engaging in sexual activity with her, as she was also a child under the age of 14 at the time. He told us, "My son doesn't really understand what sex is, so it's hard to help him understand why he has to register as a sex offender. Released rapists had a rearrest rate of 46 percent. The Act defines a sex offense as a "criminal offense that has an element involving a sexual act or sexual contact with another.
Over-breadth of the Registration Requirement The justifications offered for sex offender laws focus on sexually violent offenders. Registries create the impression that neighborhoods are thick with recidivist sexual predators, making it impossible for residents, including parents, to discern who actually is dangerous. Residency Restrictions Among laws targeting sex offenders living in the community, residency restrictions may be the harshest as well as the most arbitrary. At a time when national polls indicate that Americans fear sex offenders more than terrorists,  legislators will have to show they have the intelligence and courage to create a society that is safe yet still protects the human rights of everyone. Handel, 29, of Marshall, was sentenced by U. I love both my sons, but at times I felt guilty and ashamed that I cared for Troy even though he had hurt Ted. Eight interviewed registrants were age 10 or younger at the time of their conviction and when registration began, with the youngest being 9 years old. At age 23 I became Director of Security for a hotel. Unfortunately, only a few states require or permit periodic individualized assessments of the risk to the community a former offender may pose before requiring initial or continued registration and community notification. In theory, this was a well-intentioned method to protect children and communities from further instances of sexual assault. Dorr this afternoon to a federal information that charges her with mail fraud. William Henry Blackburn, 48, of Versailles, pleaded guilty before U. In determining that risk, states should take into consideration the offender's prior record, the specific offense committed, the period of time he or she has lived in the community offense-free, and other factors that are statistically correlated with the likelihood of reoffending. Jacob continues to fight for custody and visitation but cannot afford a lawyer because he has been unable to find a job. They are sometimes shot at, beaten, even murdered; many are repeatedly threatened with violence. Schlotzhauer was sentenced to 12 months of home confinement at his own expense. Applying registration, community notification, and residency restriction laws to juvenile offenders does nothing to prevent crimes by the 90 percent of adults who were not convicted of sex offenses as juveniles. Released rapists had a rearrest rate of 46 percent. England this afternoon. Proponents of sex offender laws say their first priority is protecting the rights of victims. Research also indicates that most adult offenders were not formerly youth offenders: As a result, he was placed in a juvenile home. Thompson is the owner of Branson Trailer Manufacturing in Ozark. I had to get a finger print and the officer doing it calls out my name in the hallway and then says, "step up for your sex offender registry finger print. Instead of using available tools to assess the dangerousness of particular people who commit sex offenses as children, most sex offender laws paint them all with the same brush, irrespective of the variety of offenses they may have committed and in total denial of their profound differences from adults. I felt so deeply sad for what he had been through, and I battled with feelings of responsibility.
But most states spread the net much more widely. Joseph, Mo. For example, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, during the three years following release from prison in , 40 percent of the rearrests of sex offenders for new sex crimes occurred in the first year. There, a child accused of committing a registerable sex offense undergoes a risk evaluation process reviewed by a panel of experts and a juvenile court judge. They are sometimes shot at, beaten, even murdered; many are repeatedly threatened with violence. Human Rights Watch visited all 50 state sex offender registry websites and that of the District of Columbia to determine what kind of information about registrants is available to the public. In a study published in based on prisoners released in , the BJS calculated that relative to other offenders, a rapist was At least four registrants have been targeted and killed two in and two in by strangers who found their names and addresses through online registries. Youth sex offenders on the registry are sometimes denied access to education because residency restriction laws prevent them from being in or near a school. Some of the public misapprehensions about the rates at which sex offenders recidivate may have originated with calculations by the Bureau of Justice Statistics BJS as to the relative likelihood at which released prisoners are rearrested for the same type of crime as that for which they had been in prison. I was adjudicated when I was 12 years old. There is evidence, however, that victims today—including child victims—are more likely to disclose abuse, at least to loved ones, than they once were. There is little reason to believe that registering people who commit sexual offenses as children delivers either. Thompson is the owner of Branson Trailer Manufacturing in Ozark. Given the widespread belief in the myths about sex offenders' inherent and incurable dangerousness, it is perhaps not surprising that very few public officials have questioned the laws or their efficacy. We communicated with law enforcement officials from 30 states about their state registries, in particular about whether the states had mechanisms for reporting vigilantism or harassment against registrants. It is the only country Human Rights Watch knows of with blanket laws prohibiting people with prior convictions for sex crimes from living within designated areas. Human Rights Watch would also like to thank Peter B. The emotion provoked by the sexual abuse of a child is powerful—powerful enough to make many overlook the embedded false presumptions and misperceptions about risks of reoffending, especially with regard to children who have committed sexual offenses against other children. So there were 4 of us all males in a room watching these videos. The laws offer scant protection for children from the serious risk of sexual abuse that they face from family members or acquaintances. South Korea is the only country other than the United States that has community notification laws. Federal law now requires states to maintain sex offender registries and has limited state discretion regarding who must register, and for how long. Kyle Jon Thompson, 46, of Ozark, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U. I was taken off the registry at age Marc Chaffin, who has studied the specific impacts on child victims of child-on-child sexual offenses, The overarching summary of the research is this—there are a substantial number of victims who recover and are not highly affected beyond a short time. I love both my sons, but at times I felt guilty and ashamed that I cared for Troy even though he had hurt Ted. Brandon M.
In addition, sex offender laws are predicated on the widespread assumption that most people convicted of sex offenses will continue to commit such crimes if given the opportunity. His mother now believes that some consideration should be given to sex offender registration requirements when the charge stems from a nonviolent act. Community meetings should be designed as an opportunity for education about where the risk for sexual victimization lies and how to prevent sexual abuse before it occurs. So, for example, a man convicted of soliciting an underage prostitute would have to register in the jurisdiction where he lives and also in the jurisdiction where he is employed if different and provide information about his employer to the police, even if his work does not involve contact with children. Finally, we interviewed state officials responsible for enforcing sex offender laws, including probation and parole officers and county sheriffs. In reality, however, this policy was based on a misconception: Several studies—including one study of a cohort that included 77 percent youth convicted of violent sex offenses—have found a recidivism rate for youth sex offenders of between four and ten percent, and one study in found the rate to be as low as one percent. A growing number of states and municipalities have also prohibited registered offenders from living within a designated distance typically to 2, feet of places where children gather-for example, schools, playgrounds, and daycare centers. Sex offender laws are based on preventing the horrific crimes that inspired them-but the abduction, rape, and murder of a child by a stranger who is a previously convicted sex offender is a rare event. The crime occurred when one of the boys was 16 and two were 17 years old. He was finally removed from the registry at age No member of the public should be able to search the entire database. Dustin Ray Sherwood, 36, of Trimble, was charged in an eight-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. For example, information such as place of employment or place of education should not routinely be available. Montae T. Since his offense fell under juvenile court jurisdiction, Jacob was placed on a non-public registry. For example, former sex offenders in Miami, Florida have been living under bridges, one of the few areas not restricted for them by the residency restriction laws of that city. We are also convinced that there is no legitimate basis for blanket residency restrictions. I was pulled over for speeding for doing 80 mph in a 65 mph zone. Tabitha Bailey, 36, of Joplin, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U. Jack Len Hilt, 59, of Henley, was sentenced by U. Ten of the states subjected children found guilty in both juvenile and criminal court proceedings to sex offender registration laws, and had done so since the mids Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas, South Carolina, and Washington. And few public officials have acknowledged their responsibility to protect the well-being and fundamental rights of all residents-including those who have been convicted of crimes. Marc Chaffin, who has studied the specific impacts on child victims of child-on-child sexual offenses, The overarching summary of the research is this—there are a substantial number of victims who recover and are not highly affected beyond a short time. But by the mids, many state sex offender registration laws were drafted to include children adjudicated delinquent of sex offenses as well as children tried and convicted of sex offenses in adult court. Robert Prentky, and Dr. Although such crimes are seared into the public consciousness, they represent a tiny fraction of crimes against children.
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