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Sex Offender Registry

Detective Lawson's comment, "...if you have a gut feeling something's wrong, it probably is. Contact your local sheriff's office." is not always good advice. Some judges find very little difference between "a gut feeling" and harassment. An Indiana offender won a sizeable judgement after being visited by his local sheriff on a weekly basis to check out the the "gut feelings" of his neighbors. The offender is currenly suing the Homeowners Association. A lot of people on the offenders list are not a threat to anyones children and don't deserve to painted with the same brush that others do deserve. Politicians have been woefully inept at writing good sex offender laws. They want to be seen as "tough on crime" without addressing the hard issues that come with this kind of offense. These hard facts remain. 94% of first time offenders never do it again. And the establishment of the public registry has not changed this rate of recidism one bit after 10 years. The sad fact is that next child aducted will mostly likely be by a parent. The next child molested will be a family member or trusted friend of the family, not by someone on the Sex Offender List.

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