Sex Offender

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Sex Offender Policy
Team C
February 4, 2013
Paul Brouillette

Sex Offender Policy While the rate of sexual offenders has risen to around 234,000 in the past decade, the debate in our society has noticed the rise. In many states, victims are violated, and due to mental health issues and continue to be repeat offenders. Children have become the most unreported victims of all. While it is important to have sex offender registers in every state, it is another issue that most do not register, or give changes of address in many towns. While the concerns are on the rise the public and law enforcement look for new ways in preventing such violent crimes and the policy that are in place provide some security but not enough.
In the 1930’s the United States began the first sex offender registry requiring sex offenders to register with local state and federal agencies. Offenders were required to give their address and any other information used to identify them to the agencies. The early policies required only focused on high profile or repeat offenders. The attention given to the offenders are used to drive offenders or the “undesirable” persons out of the communities. Today’s policies give law enforcement so much easier method of identifying sex offenders, as they are required to register as a sex offender once convicted of a sex crime. Sex offender registration is open to view from the public and many review it on a regular basis when concerned with the neighborhood that they may be moving into ("Sex Offender Registration: Policy Overview and Comprehensive Practices”, 1999). Persons convicted of sexual crimes against children or violent sexual crimes against children must register on an annual or quarterly basis due to the “Jacob Watterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act of 1994” (Paul, 2008).…...

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