Sex Offender Research & State News

  • Fees offset cost of tracking sex offenders in Hamilton County
    Did they apply for and get any GRANTS? 5-26-15 Tennessee: The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has spent $37,000 so far this fiscal year to monitor 368 of the county's registered sex offenders, but the office also has received $26,400 from offenders to offset that cost. The sheriff's office is tasked with checking the addresses of registered sex offenders, ensuring they follow the rules of the

  • Columbia lawmaker pushes for juvenile sex offender registry reform
    5-25-15 South Carolina: COLUMBIA — A South Carolina lawmaker is on a mission to change the way the state treats juvenile sex offenders. House Minority Leader Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, has introduced a bill that would allow teens who have been convicted of any sex offense and have been placed on the offenders registry to petition the courts to remove their names once they turn 21.

  • Sex offender registry does more harm than good
    5-25-15 Michigan: Michigan's law — and some others across the nation — have come under fire as overly broad, vague and potentially unconstitutional, a Free Press article last Sunday explained. Research also suggests registries do little to protect communities and often create ongoing misery for some who served their sentences and are unlikely to re-offend. Readers mostly agreed: The Michigan

  • No discretion for indiscretions
    The registry, a political lie! To the public and those required to register thereunder. Changes over time are proof that lawmakers hold nothing sacrosanct, they make changes without regard for who they hurt. Will this unconstitutional ruling result in less harm? History tells us. NO... 5-24-15 Michigan: Federal judge slams Michigan registry As Zachery Anderson's case shows, sexual predators

  • Abbott signs bill to criminalize sexually explicit conversations with children online
    5-23-15 Texas: Courts struck down previous law as unconstitutional Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law Friday that makes it illegal to talk with children in sexually explicit terms online or by text message. "It is regrettable that this bill is necessary," Abbott said in a press statement. The state's previous statute, created in 2005, was struck down by the Texas Criminal Court of