Politicians and members of the media would want you to believe that former sex offenders are a danger because of a high recidivism rate. That is a lie. Here are the facts:
Former sex offenders have the lowest rate of recidivism of all the crime categories.
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Here are some facts about the devastating effects of the registry on registrants and their families:
44% have been threatened or harassed by neighbors.
7% have been physically assaulted or injured.
27% have had property vandalized.
Work/ Financial Issues
82% of registered former sex offenders have difficulty finding a job because employers don’t want to hire registered sex offenders, creating financial hardship for their family members.
53% of registered former sex offenders who have lost a job did so directly due to Megan’s Law, creating financial hardship for
22% of registered former sex offenders had to move out of a residence that they rented because their landlord found out their sex offender status through Megan’s Law, with the family evicted with them.
17% of registered former sex offenders had to move out of a residence that they rented because their neighbors found out their sex offender status through Megan’s Law, with the family evicted with them.
12% of registered former sex offenders had to move out of a home that they owned because their neighbors found out through Megan’s Law that a sex offender lived there.
Terry Pratchet once remarked “authority that can not be questioned is tyranny”.
Thomas Jefferson famously wrote “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.”
George R.R. Martin wrote “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say”.
The words of roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero, “when you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff”.
In Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire says “Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.”
The Oxford English dictionary defines a tyrant as “any person in a position of authority who exercises power oppressively or despotically”.
In this trying time we want to reiterate a few things for our registrants and families. We don't want there to be any confusion or penalties concerning registry requirements during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Make sure you know current requirements. You can go to your Sheriff's Office website to see if there is new information there. If so, we suggest you do a screen print and save it. Call your registry office to get clarification on any questions you might have. Document the date, time, who you spoke with and their instructions regarding any address change, vehicle, employment, travel dates if required, etc.
Keep in mind if you are required to update your drivers license annually through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) you should contact them for their status. Some are limiting the number of people allowed inside and you have to wait to receive a call from them and then come back inside. Document any instructions.Be safe, be smart, stay healthy and know we will get through this.
All information is confidential and we do not distribute any data whatsoever.
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